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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!

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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.

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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
Author Holly N.
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.)

Keyword crock pot ham
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. I made this for first time ever with 10.75 ham for thanksgiving and flavor was great but ham was way over done:( So sad cuz I followed directions to a tee. What did I do wrong?

    1. Oh no, how disappointing Jenn! I’m sorry your ham was overdone. Did you check it at the 4 hour mark to see if it had reached 140°F? It could be that your slow cooker runs a bit hotter, I have not had the same problem.

    1. If you are using a spiral ham that is smoked, it is pre-cooked and you’re basically heating it in the slow cooker. 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. I would estimate 3-4 hours on low. Check it early to make sure it doesn’t overcook and if it’s ready you can turn the slow cooker off for a little bit to keep it warm.

  2. My husband and I loved it. I found it very moist as others have commented. I’ve cooked a spiral ham before in the oven and it was very dry so glad to have this recipe. Thank you!5 stars

  3. 2 questions- my ham is 12 pounds. How long would I cook it? And if I want to make it without the glaze, do I need to add liquid? Thanks!!

    1. Sorry we missed this question Heidi! Since the spiral cut ham is fully cooked you are mainly reheating the ham in the crockpot so it should be fine. You may need to increase the time by 1/2hr to an hour to fully heat through. If skipping the glaze, I would add some broth to ensure it remains moist and juicy!

    1. Hi Mary-Ellen, a 6lb ham should take somewhere between 3-4 hours to fully cook. Using a meat thermometer, make sure the center of the ham reaches 140°F to make sure it is fully cooked.

  4. Hi Holly,
    Made this recipe and ham was moist and tender, but I personally found the rosemary a little overpowering (I used only three sprigs on top). If I were to make this again, I probably wouldn’t use the rosemary, but was wondering if it is needed to possibly offset some of the sweet ingredients?5 stars

    1. It is not necessary, it just adds flavor. Yow could leave it out next time or add different herbs if you’d prefer.

  5. I made this for Christmas dinner and it was perfect. The only thing I changed was orange preserves in stead of apple jelly and used some dried rosemary. So tender and juicy I will definitely use this method again. Thanks.5 stars

  6. I have a cure 81 ham cooked how long to cook it in my crockpot? It’s a heat and serve ham can I put it in a crockpot?

    1. I can’t see any reason why not (and yay for quick clean up). I’d suggest just reading the instructions on the package to make sure but I think it would be just fine.

      1. You can cook it in the slow cooker, you’ll want to ensure it doesn’t overcook or it will dry out. Check the temperature and once it gets to 140 you can turn the slow cooker to warm. The ham should continue to rise to 145°F.

  7. I want to try this, I just bought 10lbs ham it comes with honey glazed mix. Can i Just use the honey glazed mix and just add apple juice? Or I can still use the apple jelly and the honey glazed mix?

    1. You can use the glaze mix and add apple juice or discard the mix and make your own. Either will work following this recipe.

  8. I’ve been told to pour some type of pop like coke or Pepsi into the crockpot with the ham in order to keep it moist. Have you ever tried that?

    1. You can use any kind of ham. If it’s not a spiral ham, be sure to score the ham so the glaze can get into the meat. Be sure to check the temperature, based on the type of ham you use cook time may vary slightly.