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. 
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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot ham
Servings: 12
Calories: 236kcal

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

  • 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.
  • 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 and in between slices. Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice mixture on top.
  • Replace the lid on the crock pot and cook on LOW for 3-5 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 hours of cooking time.

How to Cook Ham in the Instant Pot

  • 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.
  • 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 and in between slices. Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice mixture on top.
  • 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

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. 

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 285mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.8mg