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Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe! Glazed with brown sugar, herbs and apple jelly the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for Scalloped Potatoes).

Making ham in the slow cooker takes just 5 minutes of prep and the result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!

Crock Pot ham with rosemary on a plate

Crock Pot Ham

When the holidays roll around it always seems that my to do list is a million miles long. While I do love a good Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze, sometimes when I’m having guests I love to free up the oven and prep the meal ahead of time! This Crock Pot Ham recipe is the perfect meal for Sunday Dinner, guests or holidays! I love making ham in the slow cooker because not only does it save oven space, you only need about 5 minutes of prep to set and forget. The result it total ham perfection every time!

How to Cook Ham in a Crock Pot

Crock Pot Ham is so easy to make! I prefer a spiral ham as it’s easy to cut and cook but any kind of smoked ham will do!

  1. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar in the slow cooker. Add ham.
  2. Mix the glaze and pour over ham.
  3. Cover and allow the Crock Pot to do all of the work!

Glaze for Crock Pot Ham is so quick to make, perfect for savoring the moments with your family instead of spending an entire day in the kitchen! The glaze on this slow cooker ham steals the show, it has a hint of tang from the dijon mustard and vinegar and a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar and apple jelly.

A large spiral ham in the slow cooker

How Long to Cook a Ham

I find a lot of Crock Pot Ham recipes suggest a cook time that is too long meaning the ham will dry out! This recipe uses a spiral ham which is smoked meaning it is pre-cooked. Be sure to check your package to make sure your ham is smoked/cooked, the package will tell you what temperature the ham needs to reach as well.

A smoked ham should be cooked to a temperature of 140°F which will take 4-5 hours on low for an 8-10lb ham.

How Much Ham Per Person

When buying ham, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 – 1/3 lb. per person of boneless ham
  • 1/3 – 1/2 lb. per person of bone-in ham

If you want leftovers for sandwiches and soups, add a little bit more. And don’t forget to save that ham bone for soup! I usually just put it in the freezer and add it to my soup right from frozen!

This easy Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe! It takes just 5 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for your sides). The result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!

What to Serve With Ham

We serve this Crock Pot Ham alongside our favorite Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a of course Bacon Green Beans, 30 Minute Dinner Rolls and a fresh salad. I find pretty much any kind of potato along with a fresh veggie is the perfect accompaniment!

While any leftovers you have make pretty much the best ever ham sandwich on toast or grilled ham and cheese.  I’ve also used leftovers in everything from ham and potato casseroles to corn chowder. With only a few minutes of effort to prep it and a few hours in the Crock Pot, you will have an unforgettable ham that is sure to become a family favorite!

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Crock Pot Ham

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
This easy Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe! It takes just 5 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for your sides). The result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8-10 lb spiral cut ham (fully cooked)
Glaze
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

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Instructions

  1. Melt apple jelly and whisk together remaining glaze ingredients.
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar in the bottom of a 6-7 qt slow cooker.
  3. Add ham and pour glaze overtop ensuring you separate the layers of ham and brush with glaze.
  4. Cover slow cooker (see note), add rosemary sprigs and cook on low 4-5 hours.

Recipe Notes

If your ham is too large for the lid to close completely, cover the slow cooker with foil and place the lid on top of the foil to seal in the heat.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 997, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 224mg, Sodium: 4388mg, Potassium: 1081mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Sugar: 24g, Protein: 78g, Vitamin A: 0.1%, Vitamin C: 1.9%, Calcium: 4.6%, Iron: 19.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This easy Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe!  It takes just 5 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for your sides). The result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!
This easy Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe!  It takes just 5 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for your sides). The result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!

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  1. I have been cooking ham for over 40 years. I always slit the ham and squeeze it together fill each slit with dark rum, then use pineapple juice, sliced pineapple held on the ham with cloves. Then pat the brown sugar on and around the pineapple. Ham is very moist and very favorable. Cook with thermometer to 140 degrees.

    1. My husband loves rum, I’ve never thought of that, but it sounds amazing!! I will definitely give it a try, thank you for sharing!

  2. Could I use apple butter and if so, should I melt it as suggested? Also,my ham is frozen from another gathering. How should I go about defrosting it?  And should I cook it for 1 – 2 hrs to warm it up? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for your timed
    Deborah Nelkin

    1. I haven’t tried apple butter, but think that should work. If the apple butter doesn’t have any sweetness, you may want to add a bit of honey.
      I haven’t tried this with a frozen ham so I can’t say for sure. I’d suggest starting with a fridge or room temperature ham. Let us know how it works out for you!

  3. Made this today for Easter. It was delicious! I couldnt find apple jelly so I substituted apricot jelly. It was juicy and tender. Prep was simple. I set my crockpot on low and it was ready when I got back from church 4 hours later. Yum!

    1. Apricot jelly sounds like a delicious substitution! I have to try it next time I make this! I am so glad you liked the recipe!

  4. I’ve saw other crockpot recipes where the ham is cooked 7-8 hours on low. If I did this recipe for that long would the ham get dry and overlook or would it make it more moist? 

  5. This is strange, but I’m allergic to apples and some other fruits as well. Is there anything that I can substitute for the sweetness of the apple jelly? Or if I left it out completely, do you know how the taste with be effected?

    1. You can use another type of jelly, perhaps apricot if you are able to have it. The jelly adds sweetness so at the very least you might like to add a bit of honey.

  6. Made this for Christmas dinner last year and it was so easy and moist and tasty that I will use it again this year! I couldn’t find apple jelly, so used apricot preserves. Fantastic!

  7. This looks amazing! I bought an 18 lb ham and it will be way too big for a crock pot. Do you think this would work in an electric roaster? Any tips you can give would be greatly appreciated:)

    1. I haven’t tried it in a roaster but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. My only concern is that the sugar may burn if there isn’t enough liquid so I would suggest keeping an eye on it and adding a little bit of water or broth if needed. Please let us know how it works out for you if you do try it!

  8. So I forgot to thaw my ham… does this recipe require the ham be thawed? Anyway I can cook it frozen? I have an 8 lb spiral cut ham, fully cooked.. thanks!

  9. i bought a smaller pre-cooked sliced ham from the grocery store to try with this recipe. i cooked it in the crockpot for 3-4 hrs, and it was perfect! absolutely delicious!! super super easy for thanksgiving! thanks!

  10. If I could only get a 4-5 lb ham, do you suggest I cook it for half the time, cook it on high, or just wait till it’s at temp? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried it that way but I’m sure it would work just fine. As the slow cooker will be less full, it may cook a little bit quicker so you might like to check it to ensure it stays moist.

  11. Do you think that adding carrots and green beans in with the ham would change the taste any? And, if not, at what point should I add them( I’m new to cooking)
    Thanks

    1. A regular (fully cooked) ham should work just fine. You might like to score slices in the skin to allow the flavor to get into the ham.

  12. What size crockpot do you use for a 10 lb ham? I have a 6 Qt & am wondering if this will be big enough. I’ll be trying this recipe this Friday to take to our Community Group & think I may need to use my electric roaster instead.

    1. Mine was closer to 8.5lbs and fit in my 6QT. It’s ok if it sticks out the top a little bit, just cover the slow cooker with foil to keep it sealed and place the lid on top of the foil.

    1. I was wondering the same thing haha! Thanks for asking! :) Makes me feel better knowing I can’t exactly screw it up from the get-go lol

  13. I was just wondering….would it be ok to reheat this ham in the crock pot….or would you suggest another method? I’ll be making it today or tomorrow….and out Thanksgiving is on Sunday. I meant Monday….sry.

      1. My ham was too big for my crockpot. I covered the top of my cp with foil but it doesn’t seal very well. I hope it turns out all right. Your directions said cover the cp with foil. Do you mean covering more than just the top? I’m sure it will be delish, I’m just a little concerned with the ham drying out. Thank you.

  14. There’s no liquid in this recipe how does it not burn to the bottom? I’ve never tried ham in the crockpot and this sounds so amazing!

  15. I don’t usually comment when I find a recipe we love but I had to for this ham! Over the years I’ve tried many crockpot hams in an effort to make the holiday’s less stressful for myself. THIS HAM! It was everything ham should be. The flavor was amazing and everyone, including my very picky 9 year old, love it. Usually we end up freezing many of the leftovers because we just can stomach one more meal with ham but not this time! We finished every scrap of ham. I even found myself eating cold ham right from the fridge because it was that good!

    Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  16. This ham was amazing!! It was so moist – absolutely perfect and having the extra room in the oven was a complete bonus! This will definitely be a new holiday favorite for our family.

  17. This sounds perfect for the upcoming Christmas dinner! So I take it the 1/2 cup brown sugar from the glaze is split. One quarter cup will go into the glaze, and one quarter will be sprinkled into the slow cooker? And from the photos, the sprigs of rosemary are for garnish?

    1. You will use a total of 3/4 cup brown sugar.

      1/4 cup is sprinkled in the slow cooker (the first ingredient listed in the recipe).

      1/2 cup is added to the glaze (listed under the glaze ingredients)

      1. I’m afraid I am missing something about the brown sugar because the 1/2 cup ingredient says (divided). Why does it say divided if the 1/4 cup ingredient to sprinkle into the bottom of pot is in addition to the 1/2 cup for the glaze. :-\