Crock Pot Ham is the easiest holiday ham you’ll ever make!

With just minutes of prep, the slow cooker makes a tender juicy ham with an easy glaze.

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Easy CrockPot Ham

This slow-cooker ham recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner.

  • With just a few minutes of prep time, you can set it and forget it.
  • This crockpot ham recipe cooks slowly, ensuring tender, juicy ham every time.
  • Making ham in a slow cooker saves oven space for other dishes.

How to Make Crock Pot Ham

Cooking ham has never been easier, I prefer spiral ham as it’s easy to serve, but a boneless ham works well in this recipe too.

  1. Sprinkle a bit of brown sugar in the slow cooker. Add the ham according to the recipe below.
  2. Prepare the glaze & pour it over the ham.
  3. Cover and allow the Crock Pot to do all of the work!

An Easy Glaze

Creating a glaze for Crock Pot Ham is easy! I use jelly and brown sugar for sweetness and a bit of Dijon mustard for a subtle tang.

close up of Crock Pot Ham in the crockpot

Notes & Tips

  • For the best flavor, discard the glaze packet that comes with the ham and use the recipe below.
  • Add up to ½ cup of pineapple juice if desired. Liquid does not be added to the slow cooker, and the ham will release juices.
How Long to Cook a Ham?

A smoked ham should be cooked to a temperature of 140°F on a meat thermometer. This will take 4-5 hours on low for an 8-10lb ham. Ensure the ham isn’t overcooked, or it won’t be tender. This recipe uses spiral ham which is smoked (fully cooked).

How Much Ham Per Person?

When buying ham, account for:
1/4 – 1/3 lb. per person of boneless ham
1/3 – 1/2 lb. per person of bone-in ham

Crock Pot Ham with apple slices

What to Serve With Ham

This easy crock pot ham recipe is perfect for Christmas or Easter dinner. Slice the ham, place it on a platter, and garnish with herbs or additional rosemary. Here some of our favorite side dish recipes.

Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Find my favorite leftover ham recipes here.

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Crock Pot Ham

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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients  

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

For the Glaze

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

Instructions 

  • For the glaze, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the apple jelly. Whisk in the remaining glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring often.
  • For the ham, in the bottom of a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker, sprinkle ¼ cup of brown sugar.
  • If the ham has a plastic disk in the center, remove and discard it. Use a knife to score the top of the ham in a criss-cross pattern.
  • Before putting the ham in the slow cooker, separate the layers of ham and brush them with glaze. Place the ham into the slow cooker and pour remaining glaze over the top.
  • Add rosemary sprigs, cover slow cooker (see note), and cook on low 4-5 hours or until the ham reaches 140℉.

Video

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Notes

If the 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.
Be sure to check your package to ensure that the ham is smoked/ fully cooked. The package will tell what temperature the ham needs to reach.
Apple jelly can be substituted with apricot jam/jelly, apple butter, or even orange marmalade.
If using a ham that is not a spiral ham, I recommend scoring the ham.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
5 from 289 votes

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 Ham, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
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  1. Hello I have a 2.5 pound precooked, spiral sliced ham. I was wondering how long that would take in the crockpot? Also when do I put the glaze on it?5 stars

    1. Hi Cassidy, a ham of that size should take 2-3 hours on low. 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.

  2. Have made this recipe for each Christmas & Easter since discovering it a couple years ago – can’t be beat the flavor or ease of prep! (Prep/clean up is even easier when using a crockpot liner… genius invention!) We usually use a 5# boneless spiral cut ham, skip the rosemary and substitute ground black pepper for garlic and the ginger with a scant 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. Leftovers are the best, though hard to come by! Thanks for such a great recipe!5 stars

  3. I made this ham for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas and had absolutely no leftovers. It was such a hit it’s now becoming a holiday staple. I used a regular ham (not spiral cut), adjusted the cooking time to compensate, and it turned out amazingly. The meat fell off the bone and was moist and delicious. I omitted the rosemary (because I forgot it the first time) and the flavor was amazing even without it.5 stars

  4. I made this recipe with a regular (not spiral cut) 3# ham. I cut back the recipe size to 3 servings and didn’t score the ham at all. I used some surplus raspberry jam I had instead of apple jelly. This was absolutely the best ham I have ever eaten, and I’m 72 years old! I think almost any type of jelly would work.5 stars

  5. This crockpot ham recipe is great. I used a regular ham and just made deep slits about and inch apart. Everyone loved it.5 stars

  6. I don’t usually cook a ham for a large group because I am so afraid it will come out dry despite glazes and other liquids but I made this for the 12 people who came to my Christmas dinner and this recipe is fabulous. I have never even thought to cook a spiral ham in the crock pot but not only does it cook perfectly well, but it also frees up the oven for other side dishes. I recommend this method for everyone who likes a juicy, flavorful and easy ham recipe.
    I didn’t have apple jelly but used some apple butter left over from a thanksgiving recipe and I added some apple juice for more moisture but still cooked it on the stovetop as the instructions said and it was just fine. It makes so much gravy/sauce as well and I heated up the leftover ham in that the next day which were great!! I will absolutely save this recipe and make it again for another holiday or large party!5 stars

    1. Yes, you can find this info in the post as well.

      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.

  7. Haven’t tried yet. Can ham go into crock pot cut side down? What to substitute for apple jelly? Can’t find it anywhere.

  8. We loved this for one of our proteins on Thanksgiving…it’s so easy to prepare and is very tasty…it’s nice and sweet with a hint of rosemary…I served some roasted pineapple slices with it…Made for “What’s on the Menu” tag game…5 stars

  9. Hello
    I wanted to try this recipe. but I don’t have a spiral. What if i do cross hatch or would that be to shallow? Watch if I inject the ham with the glaze to try and get flavor in it and then put it in the crock pot and put brown sugar on top? This sounds amazing5 stars

    1. Hi Deborah, this recipe should work with any smoked (pre-cooked) ham. Both a cross hatch and injecting it with the glaze sounds like delicious ways to infuse with flavor. We can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you!

  10. I also rubbed the ham with brown sugar and added half cup of pineapple juice with the brown sugar at the bottom. Absolutely

  11. This glaze recipe was so good! I wanted to let you know that I subbed apple butter for the apple jelly and it was great! I had a 4 lb ham and started at three hours in the slow cooker on low. I checked the temp and it wasn’t quite there yet so I let it go another half hour.

  12. Wow! What a great idea! The Ham came our wonerfully moist and it freed up oven space for all the side dishes. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  13. I made this for the family this Christmas .It was definitely juicy and well worth serving but, I have to say that the reviews were split on flavor.
    I would use the recipe for the cooking portion but, next time I would use a different glaze.
    Thanks for the crockpot recipe

  14. I have a ham that slightly sticks out of my pot. Will I get the same result if I cover it with foil and the lid on top?

  15. Hi…there is just the two of us so all the spiral hams are too much. We ended up with a Kentucky Legend 2.75 pound sliced ham. Can/should I do everything the same and cut the cook time down to a couple hours or should I just do in the oven per the package instructions. Thanks in advance.

    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.

  16. Hi! I have a quarter piece of smoked ham but it’s not cut. Should I leave it whole or do the slicing myself beforehand?