CROCK POT HAM: HOW TO SLOW COOK YOUR HOLIDAY HAM

Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham.


Crock Pot Ham can be served with Alfredo Potatoes, Orange Cream Fruit Salad, Tropical Jello Pretzel Salad, and Creamy Parmesan Peas and Potatoes. For dessert, I love Banana Cream Cheesecakes, Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Frosting or Glazed Strawberry Fruit Pizza.

Crock Pot Ham is my go-to recipe for when I’m preparing a holiday ham. Cooking for the holidays doesn’t have to be labor intensive and time consuming! This ham recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare, and then you can be on to fixing the next dish.
I first tried this recipe several years ago on Christmas. 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.
I recently made this recipe in the Instant Pot and WOW- if you have an Instant Pot, you’ve got to try it! It made the juiciest ham ever and took a grand total of 40 minutes. Yep! That’s it. I love my Instant Pot!Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham. 

How to Make the Best Crock Pot Ham

  • I like to pre-slice my ham so that I can put pineapple in between slices. IT’s easier to cut a boneless ham, but use what you like!
  • Growing up we always cooked ham with whole cloves. However, since ham is already cooked and we’re just aiming to heat and infuse flavor, I find that using ground cloves does this better.
  • Save the juice once you’re done cooking the ham and drizzle it over the top, once you place the ham in a serving dish.
  • Candied cherries are just fun! Plus they make this holiday ham look gorgeous, so I love using them. They’re similar to maraschino cherries, but I prefer using Paradise Candied Red Cherries because they’re firmer in texture and hold up better once slow cooked.

The ham I originally featured in this recipe 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!

Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham. Crock Pot Ham

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  • 2-7 lb ham, boneless or bone-in
  • 1 20-oz can sliced pineapple
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

How to Cook your Ham in the Crock Pot

  1. Place ham in the crock pot. Ham from grocery stores is pre-cooked, so if your ham doesn’t fit, simply cut a portion off and refrigerate it or freeze it for later use.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the slices of pineapple all over the surface of your ham and in between slices. Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice mixture on top.
  4. 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 4 hours. It was super moist and had a lovely sweet flavor. Bone-In hams will take 5-6 hours to fully heat up. If you have a smaller, 2-4 lb ham, aim for 2-3 hours of cooking time.

Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham. 

How to Cook Ham in the Instant Pot

  1. Place ham in the Instant Pot. Ham from grocery stores is pre-cooked, so if your ham doesn’t fit, simply cut a portion off and refrigerate it or freeze it for later use.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the slices of pineapple all over the surface of your ham and in between slices. Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice mixture on top.
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure pressure valve is closed. Select Manual high pressure and use the ham portion sizes below to set the appropriate time.

2lbs-4lbs boneless ham slices: 5-8 minutes in 3 qt or 6 qt Instant Pot

5-7lb boneless ham slices: 10-14 minutes in a 6 qt or 8 qt Instant Pot

Smaller bone-in hams can be used in an 8-qt Instant Pot. Cook for 14-17 minutes

Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham. If you love this Crockpot Ham, be sure to try some of our other favorite dishes:

How to make holiday ham in the crock pot or instant potCrock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham. Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham. Best Ham Recipe ever! Crock Pot Ham or Instant Pot Ham from Butter With A Side of Bread #crockpot #slowcooker #ham #InstantPot #holiday #recipe #food

Crock Pot Ham

Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday ham recipe! Just 4 ingredients and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor to the ham. Quick & easy ham recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and yields tender, flavorful and juicy ham.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-7 lb ham boneless or bone-in
  • 1 20- oz can sliced pineapple
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Instructions

How to Cook your Ham in the Crock Pot

  1. Place ham in the crock pot. Ham from grocery stores is pre-cooked, so if your ham doesn't fit, simply cut a portion off and refrigerate it or freeze it for later use.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the slices of pineapple all over the surface of your ham and in between slices. Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice mixture on top.
  4. 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 4 hours. It was super moist and had a lovely sweet flavor. Bone-In hams will take 5-6 hours to fully heat up. If you have a smaller, 2-4 lb ham, aim for 2-3 hours of cooking time.

How to Cook Ham in the Instant Pot

  1. Place ham in the Instant Pot. Ham from grocery stores is pre-cooked, so if your ham doesn't fit, simply cut a portion off and refrigerate it or freeze it for later use.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the slices of pineapple all over the surface of your ham and in between slices. Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice mixture on top.
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure pressure valve is closed. Select Manual high pressure and use the ham portion sizes below to set the appropriate time.
  5. 2lbs-4lbs boneless ham slices: 5-8 minutes in 3 qt or 6 qt Instant Pot
  6. 5-7lb boneless ham slices: 10-14 minutes in a 6 qt or 8 qt Instant Pot
  7. Smaller bone-in hams can be used in an 8-qt Instant Pot. Cook for 14-17 minutes

Recipe Notes

  • I like to pre-slice my ham so that I can put pineapple in between slices. IT's easier to cut a boneless ham, but use what you like! 
  • Growing up we always cooked ham with whole cloves. However, since ham is already cooked and we're just aiming to heat and infuse flavor, I find that using ground cloves does this better. 
  • Save the juice once you're done cooking the ham and drizzle it over the top, once you place the ham in a serving dish. 
  • Candied cherries are just fun! Plus they make this holiday ham look gorgeous, so I love using them. They're similar to maraschino cherries, but I prefer using Paradise Candied Red Cherries because they're firmer in texture and hold up better once slow cooked. 

Crockpot Holiday Ham helps you serve a delicious and flavorful meal without having to spend all day preparing it! It is so quick and easy!

Crockpot Holiday Ham helps you serve a delicious and flavorful meal without having to spend all day preparing it! It is so quick and easy!
Crockpot Holiday Ham helps you serve a delicious and flavorful meal without having to spend all day preparing it! It is so quick and easy!
Crockpot Holiday Ham helps you serve a delicious and flavorful meal without having to spend all day preparing it! It is so quick and easy!

26 COMMENTS

  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

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