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How to Cook a Spiral Ham in a Crockpot

Have you tried this Crock Pot Ham recipe before? I know that cooking a spiral ham is relatively simple because it has already been cooked. Tossing a spiral ham in your crockpot in the morning and leaving it to cook all day is even simpler! This simplifies Easter dinner, Christmas dinner, and even Thanksgiving dinner. Cooking ham in the crockpot is a great way to free up space in your oven. It also tastes fantastic!

How to Cook a Spiral Ham in a Crockpot

Aside from the ham, this recipe only requires very few ingredients, all of which you most likely already have in your pantry. Brown sugar, pure maple syrup, pineapple juice, spicy brown mustard, and balsamic vinegar are used to make it. The maple syrup, brown sugar, and pineapple juice add sweetness, while the mustard and balsamic vinegar add a tangy kick. These flavors compliment each other perfectly.

Ham Nutrition Facts

Ham Nutrition Facts

How Long Does It Need to Cook?

Because the ham is already cooked, this recipe aims to warm it up while infusing it with delicious flavor from the glaze and tenderizing it with pineapple juice. I usually cook mine on low for 4 to 5 hours, or until it’s warm, tender, and juicy. During the last hour of cooking, endeavor to baste twice. I recommend a bone-in spiral ham weighing 7-10 pounds.

How Do You Prevent Drying Out of The Ham?

This recipe will not become dry. Yum! With this delicious and simple recipe, there’s no need to use glaze packets. This cured ham will be a hit with your family. The best spiral cut ham is made with maple syrup and pineapple juice. Delicious!

What if The Ham Doesn’t Fit the Pot?

If you can’t close your crockpot lid, cover it with foil to keep the heat in, then place the lid on top to keep the foil in place.

What is the Best Ham for Slow Cooker Ham?

I love to use a spiral ham for this. They cook up beautifully in the crockpot and taste delicious. With a spiral ham, you simply cannot go wrong. Spiral hams are usually pre-cooked, which makes this process even easier. Making a holiday ham is even easier with a slow cooker. You could also use an instant pot.

How to Serve

There are numerous delectable side dishes that can be served with this recipe. I serve this Crock-Pot, Ham, with many of the same sides that I serve at Thanksgiving. Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Green Beans, 30 Minute Dinner Rolls, and a fresh salad round out the meal.

While you may have leftovers, make the best ever ham sandwich on toast or add ham to a grilled cheese sandwich. I’ve also used leftovers in a variety of dishes ranging from ham and potato casseroles to corn chowder. With just a few minutes of planning and a few hours in the Crock-Pot, you’ll have an unforgettable ham that will quickly become a family favorite. Some of my favorites options are listed below:

  • Salads: Apple cranberry spinach salad is my favorite winter salad.
  • Vegetables: Various roasted vegetables, such as mixed vegetables, carrots, broccoli, and brussels sprouts.
  • Bread and Rolls: Lion house rolls, potato rolls, French bread, and sweet cornbread are all homemade recipes.
  • Holiday Dishes: Corn casserole, cranberry sauce, and mac and cheese are great options
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How to Cook a Spiral Ham in a Crockpot

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  • 48 pounds spiral sliced ham
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 12 cups of canned pineapple juice (do not use fresh pineapple juice)


  1. Place the ham, flat side down, in a large slow cooker. Remove the glaze packet and any plastic pieces that are covering the bone. Next, rub a cup of brown sugar all over the ham’s sides and top, coating the outer skin.
  2. Pour the pineapple juice and maple syrup over the ham. If you don’t have pineapple juice on hand, you can use pineapple rings instead, simply layering the rings on top of the ham and pouring the remaining juices from the can in with the meat.
  3. Set your crockpot to low temperature for 4 hours and cover it.
  4. When the ham is done, baste it with the juices left in the bottom of the crockpot before cutting and serving.


Nutritional Facts – Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1588mg | Potassium: 432mg | Sugar: 14g

  • Author: Bobby