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Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock Pot Spiral Ham

Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock Pot Spiral Ham. Ham with pineapple rings with red cherries in the center in a black crock pot dish.

Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock-Pot Ham recipe cooks all by itself for a perfect family Easter or Christmas Dinner. It is so easy because once you have the ham and the glaze all in the Crock-Pot the ham becomes moist and tender on the inside and forms a sweet glaze on the outside and all you have to do is baste every hour. The ham is cooked to perfection and ready to eat in 4 hours.

This moist sweet-salty ham will fall off the bone when you take it out of the cooker. The ham can be used for Mother’s Day brunch, tea party sandwiches, Easter dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, and also New Year’s Eve dinner party. The ham is fabulously warm and as well as perfect cold on a buffet or in sandwiches.

Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock Pot Spiral Ham. Sliced Ham with pineapple rings with red cherries in the center on a white platter

Crock Pot Easy

Why use a slow cooker or my favorite brand a Crock Pot to cook a ham? Low and slow brings out the best flavors in most meats. For a ham that can dry out when cooked in the oven, the Crock Pot works the best. It holds all the juices in for the cooking process and gives the meat a rich dark flavor you can not get any other way.

Crock Pots a the best for a busy family as you can prepare your dinner far in advance of dinner time. We all know that at every age between 4 and 6 in the afternoon is the most stressful and busy. And for most of us, it is the most important as it is the time when we are all together and eager to share our day. Why spend that time standing over the stove when you can use the Crock Pot to cook for you.

It is so easy to fill your Crock Pot with all the delicious ingredients and have dinner ready when you are – Crock Pot Easy!

Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock Pot Spiral Ham. Sliced Ham with pineapple rings with red cherries in the center on a white platter, top down view

What Side Dishes to serve with a Brown Sugar Pineapple Spiral Ham

One of our family’s favorite side dishes is Irresistible Scalloped Potatoes. This is the recipe we make for every Easter and Christmas Dinner when I make a ham.

As an appetizer for any ham dinner is Classic Party Deviled Eggs. There are so many variations and add-ins but I know you will want just the basic simple recipe to try out.

For dessert, it is a tradition to have a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. We make ours in a cast-iron skillet or I have a baking pan to make individual mini cakes. You will love this recipe it is a hit every holiday.

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close up of the ham in a black crock pot bowl, with pineapple slices and red cherries attached with whole cloves in each pineapple slice

How to Cook a Spiral Ham in the Crock Pot

As with all my recipes, the prep goes faster and smoother if you have all of your tools and ingredients out and ready to do. If you have little ones at home this may mean that you have to set everything out the night before or start food shopping at lunchtime. If you are having guests do as much prep the day before as possible.

For this delicious ham recipe, and delicious is not descriptive enough work. The smell, when you are basting, will make even a vegan want to dig in. The mixture of the ham, the pineapple, and the maraschino cherries mixed with the deep flavor of the brown sugar is to die for. Ok, I digressed, here is what you have to do next.

First things first make sure that the ham you purchase will fit in your Slow Cooker. I say this from experience as my ham was too big and the lid did not fit. But not to worry there was a quick fix. As the spiral hams, you get at the store are fully cooked. I removed a few slices and put them in my freezer for a bean soup later.

I put the whole ham in the wrapper and all in my sink. There are a lot. of juices in a cooked spiraled ham that will go everywhere if you try to open it up on the counter. Open up the package and remove the spice package and save. The spice package in the ham that I purchased had all the ingredients I needed. If you do not want to use the spice package I have the basic ingredients listed in the recipe.

close up of the ham in a black crock pot bowl, with pineapple slices and red cherries attached with whole cloves in each pineapple slice a silver sauce pan pouring glaze over the ham a white bowl in the background with 3 whole cloves

How to Make Crock Pot Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze

Spray well the inside of your Slow cooker with spray oil. This will make cleaning up so much easier. Put the ham in the Crock Pot any way that it fits. If you can place the large part of the ham face down. That way the large slices get exposed to most of the juices.

To make the glaze, in a small saucepan on the stove mix together the spice package, the juice from a 20 oz can of pineapple rings, and 1/2 cup of maple syrup. If you do not have a spice package or do not want to use the one that comes with your ham, mix together 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, the juice from the pineapple rings, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of mustard, 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves. Let this come to a boil and boil for 1 minute.

Take the pineapple rings and set them on the outside of the ham covering the ham as much as possible. Use whole cloves to secure the pineapple rings from sliding down. In the middle of each ring place a maraschino cherry.

Pour the glaze all over the ham and make sure to cover the whole ham.

Set the Crock Pot on low and cook for 4 hours. Every hour use a turkey baster or a large spoon to bast the ham to make sure it does not dry out. Check to make sure the internal temperature of the ham is 140° F to make sure the ham is heated through. If the ham reached 140 ° before the 4 hours is up you can turn the slow cooker to warm until you are ready to serve. That is all you have to do and the ham will be perfect every time.

the cooked ham in the black crock pot bowl, with ham juice almost to the top and the pineapple slices and cherries attached to the ham with whole cloves
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Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock Pot Spiral Ham

  • Author: Susan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours on low
  • Total Time: 52 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Description

Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple Crock-Pot Ham recipe cooks all by its self for a perfect family Easter or Christmas Dinner. It is so easy because once you have the ham and the glaze all in the Crock-Pot the ham becomes moist and tender on the inside and forms a sweet glaze on the outside and all you have to do is bast every hour. The ham is cooked to perfection and ready to eat in 4 hours.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 Fully Cooked Spiral Ham 5 to 6 pounds
  • Spice package that comes with the ham
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 can of Dole pineapple rings in 100% pineapple juice – 20 oz.
  • Reserved juice from the pineapple rings
  • 1 jar of maraschino cherries (discard the juice or use for another recipe)
  • 24 to 30 whole cloves – to hold the pineapple ring onto the ham

Instructions

  1. Spray the Crock Pot with spray oil for easy clean-up. 
  2. Remove the wrapper of the ham and set aside the seasoning package. (Look at the ingredients of the package this recipe used the seasoning package but if you want to start from scratch the instructions are in the notes)
  3. Place the ham in the Crock Pot face down.
  4. In a saucepan mix the seasoning package, the juice from the pineapple rings, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute and remove from the heat. 
  5. Place the pineapple rings all over the ham trying to cover as much of the ham as possible. Attach the rings to the ham with the 3 whole cloves each ring. 
  6. Add a maraschino cherry to the middle of each ring. 
  7. Pour the glaze over the whole ham. Place the hid on the slow cooker and set the cooker for 4 hours on low. Cook until the internal temperature is 140° F.  
  8. Serve hot or cold.

Notes

To make the glaze without the seasoning package.

Mix together in a saucepan 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, the juice from the pineapple rings, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of mustard, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. 

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