Cooking a Ham in the Crock Pot: Butter with a Side of Bread

Several years ago I decided to go out on a limb and prepare my Christmas ham in the crock pot. I was taking a bit of a risk- I mean, the holiday dinner could have gone very wrong, however it was a complete success! Since then I plan on cooking all hams in the crock pot as it frees up the oven and produces a deliciously juicy ham.

I use the word “cooking” but really, any ham you buy in the grocery store is pre-cooked, so all you really need to do is warm it up. However warming up a 10-lb piece of meat without drying it out is easier said than done. Hence the crock pot method- it’s the perfect environment for tender, juicy ham.

This ham I feature in my crock pot is one I purchased from Zaycon Foods. Zaycon offers high quality meats for discount prices when you buy in bulk. I need to give a shout-out here to  them because this was easily the best tasting ham I’ve ever had. Really. I encourage you to check out Zaycon Foods and see if they have an event coming to your area soon!

Cooking a Ham in the Crock Pot: Butter with a Side of Bread

Cooking a Ham in the Crock Pot

You will need:

  • a large crock pot {mine is a 7-quart}
  • a ham {bone-in or out, sliced- it doesn’t matter, all hams will work!}
  • 1 20-oz can sliced pineapple
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 4-6 hours of time

First, turn your crock pot on to get it heating up. I like to turn mine on high, then adjust the temp once I put the food inside.

Next, make sure your ham will fit. As I said before, ham from a grocery store is pre-cooked. So if your ham doesn’t fit, simply cut a portion off and refrigerate it or freeze it for later use. I like to use diced ham in omelets and other dishes so I dice any ham that doesn’t fit.

Once you’re certain your ham will fit inside with the lid on, place it in the crock pot.

Open the can of sliced pineapple and drain the juice out into a separate bowl. You will use all of the juice! Measure out your 1/3 cup of brown sugar and add it to the pineapple juice, whisking to dissolve. Add in the 1/2 tsp of ground cloves and whisk to combine.

Arrange the slices of pineapple all over the surface of your ham. Pour the sugar-clove-pineapple juice mixture on top.

Replace the lid on the crock pot and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. I had about 7-lbs of my 10lb ham in the crock pot and I cooked mine for 5 hours. It was super moist and had a lovely sweet flavor.



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Cooking a Ham in the Crock Pot: Butter with a Side of Bread
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  1. I usually put my ham in the oven (10-12 pound ham), but since there's only 3 of us this year, we have a small 3 1/2 pound ham. I think I'll try this out and see how it does in the crockpot. Fingers crossed!

    • Sorry I'm just seeing this now! You can do bone-in or boneless. The bone-in versions may take additional time, depending on how big they are. Remember though, hams are sold pre-cooked, so really you just need to warm/ glaze it then it's ready.

  2. […] (Serves 10-15) Ingredients: 1 (4 to 6 pound) ham; bone-in or out, pre-sliced or not 3 cans (8 oz. each) of Pineapple slices 1/3 cup of brown sugar (light or dark) 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves Directions: 1. Separate the pineapple slices from the juice in all the cans. Place the juices in a small mixing bowl. 2. Add the 1/3 cup of brown sugar and the 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves to the reserved pineapple juice. Whisk and stir until well combined. 3. Place the ham inside the slow cooker warmer. Drizzle the pineapple juice mixture over the outside of the hame. 4. Take the pineapple slices and place them all around the ham. 5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours.Recipe Source: Original recipe can be found here. […]

  3. Thanks so much for this recipe. I don’t have the store that you recommend in my area, so I will have to use another brand of ham. My question is, does your brand of ham have a lot of water injected in it? The hams I’ve bought have so much water in them that I could fill up half of the crock pot with water that came out of the ham. Thanks from Alaska