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Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

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Glazed with a 2 ingredient topping, this Slow Cooker Spiral Ham is cooked to perfection. Five minute prep and the result is a delicious glazed tender ham to serve for any holiday meal or Sunday dinner.

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I typically make ham in the oven but now that I’ve used the slow cooker for this spiral ham, I’m hooked. Takes less time, stays tender and moist plus the slow cooker is such a space saver appliance. My oven was used for the sides and dinner was time perfectly.

We typically have a spiral ham at Easter and Christmas with one thrown in there in the summer for sandwiches and multiple meals. Heating the oven in the summer isn’t always something I want to do so using the crock pot is ideal.

spiral ham slow cooked on white platter with pineapple rings

Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

This slow cooker spiral ham has the best glaze and is only 2 ingredients. Over the years, I’ve used different glazes, some with 2 ingredients and other with more. I am loving this one with the brown sugar and pineapple juice. We love having pineapple with ham so I reserved the juice for the glaze and then grill (or broil) the pineapple to serve later.

Because you are slow cooking the ham, the juices will be abundant and cover the ham in the slow cooker so be sure your ham fits in the crock with a little extra room. I used a 6 quart slow cooker with the 8 pound ham.

picture of spiral ham slices on white plate with slow cooker in background

How Long to Cook a Ham

I find some slow cooker ham recipes suggest a cook time that is much longer than need be. This recipe uses a spiral ham which is a pre-cooked. Be sure to check your package to make sure your ham is pre-cooked, the package will tell you what temperature the ham needs to reach. A pre-cooked ham should be cooked to a temperature of 140°F which will take 4-5 hours on low for an 8-10lb ham.

How Much Ham per Person

When buying a ham, I keep this in mind: The best rule of thumb for ham is to plan about 1/2 pound per person when picking a bone-in ham (it’s heavier) and 1/3 pound if boneless. This is just an estimate and if you are wanting to use leftovers in recipes like this family favorite ham casserole or a delicious broccoli and cauliflower au gratin with ham, then plan on more ham.

slow cooked ham on platter with slow cooker in background

What to Serve with Ham

Honestly, the answer to this is just about anything. For a holiday dinner, we typically will have mashed potatoes, a vegetable or two plus rolls or homemade bread. Here are some of our favorites.

sliced spiral ham cooked in crockpot

Ingredients

  • 8 pound spiral cut ham
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
ingredients for slow cooker ham

How to Make a Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

Step 1

Prepare a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place the ham into the slow cooker with the flat side down.

Step 2

Stir about half of the brown sugar into the pineapple juice.

glaze ingredients for spiral ham

Press the remaining brown sugar onto the ham and drizzle the pineapple juice over the ham.

brown sugar coating spiral ham in slow cooker
adding the mustard to ham

Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.

slow cooker ham after cooking
spiral ham slow cooked on white platter with pineapple rings
slow cooker spiral ham on platter

Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

Glazed with a 2 ingredient topping, this Slow Cooker Spiral Ham is cooked to perfection. Five minute prep and the result is a delicious glazed tender ham to serve for any holiday meal or Sunday dinner.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 pound pre-cooked spiral ham
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup pineapple juice

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slow cooker spiral ham on platter

Enjoy!



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