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Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe! Glazed with brown sugar and 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!

sliced ham stacked on a plate

Easy Crock Pot Ham

Making ham in the crock pot is a total breeze with just minutes of prep. While I do love a good Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze, sometimes love to free up the oven and prep the meal ahead of time!

Making this Crock Pot Ham recipe in the slow cooker not only saves oven space, but it takes only about 5 minutes of prep to set and forget. The result is ham perfection every time!

How to Cook Ham in a Crock Pot

I prefer a spiral ham as it’s easy to cut and cook but of course 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! I use a jelly and brown sugar glaze on this slow cooker ham. Dijon mustard adds a hint of tang while apple jelly and brown sugar add sweetness. If you don’t have apple jelly you can use apricot or substitute a brown sugar ham glaze.

sliced ham in a crock pot

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 is not tender when it’s done! This recipe uses a spiral ham which is smoked (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.

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 ham salad or ham casseroles, get a bit extra (and don’t forget to save the bone for ham bone soup)! I usually just put it in the freezer and add it to my soup right from frozen!

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What to Serve With Ham

We serve this Crock Pot Ham alongside a lot of the same sides we put on our Thanksgiving dinner menu. Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a of course Bacon Green Beans, 30 Minute Dinner Rolls and a fresh salad.

While any leftovers you have make pretty much the best ever ham sandwich on toast or add ham to a grilled cheese sandwich.  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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Review Recipe

Crock Pot Ham

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
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

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8-10 pound spiral cut ham fully cooked

Glaze

  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup apple jelly
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

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Instructions

  • Melt apple jelly and whisk together remaining glaze ingredients.
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar in the bottom of a 6-7 qt slow cooker.
  • Add ham and pour glaze overtop ensuring you separate the layers of ham and brush with glaze.
  • 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, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 78g, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 224mg, Sodium: 4388mg, Potassium: 1081mg, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1.6mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 3.5mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Hi Holly. I’ve used a lot of your recipes. Thank you for so many easy, great tasting dishes. I want to try this ham in the slow cooker recipe. Are there enough juices to make a gravy?

    1. While you will have some juices, they will be quite sweet from the glaze. I don’t think there would be enough to make a gravy.

  2. How essential are the rosemary sprigs? If they really add, where do I pick them up? I’ve only ever used the spice before.

    1. Most grocery stores carry fresh rosemary near the herbs. It adds a nice flavor but you can use a bit of dried rosemary in place.

  3. I have a ham I want to use this glaze for, but it’s not spiral sliced. I wonder how that’ll work. I’m guessing the glaze won’t reach the ham well enough?

  4. I need to feed approximately 30 people for Easter. The recipe says 10 servings, but your notations recommend 1/3 to 1/2 pound per person for a bone in ham. How many do you think this will actually serve? There will be lots of other food, but this is the main dish. Thanks in advance.

    1. To feed 30, you may need to make two hams EM. This recipe is so easy and tasty, almost everyone comes back for seconds!

  5. Simply the best. It’s quick and easy. I have made this multiple times and everyone always loves it. I especially like making it this way Christmas morning. it frees up my oven for breakfast casseroles and makes the house smell delicious. And I don’t have to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is tearing through gifts!

    1. So glad it turned out amazing! I love using the slow cooker for ham as well to keep oven space freed up!

    1. I’ve never tried it without sugar, so can’t say for sure, but maybe other readers have some ideas for you! You could try using sugar free ingredients in place of the ones containing sugar. You may be intersted in Rosemary Balsamic Glazed Ham which uses less sugar.

  6. 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.5 stars

    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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!5 stars

    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!

  9. 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? 

  10. Do you think Crab Apple jelly would work too? I couldn’t find plain Apply Jelly anywhere but they had that.

    1. Wal-Mart makes it in their brand and it’s a Smucker’s brand and even comes in the single serving size at breakfast palaces, and Popeye’s fried chicken usually has it – so I would try Wal-Mart site to store if you really want to try apple.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!5 stars

      1. I haven’t tried this with apply syrup but I do think it would work to add some sweetness to the recipe.