Easy Brown Sugar Pineapple CrockPot Ham recipe cooks all by itself for a perfect big holiday dinner we love this recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas Dinner, and Easter dinner. It is so easy because once you have the spiral cut ham and the brown sugar glaze all in the CrockPot it is the easy way to make a holiday ham.
The ham becomes moist and tender on the inside and forms a sweet pineapple glaze on the outside and all you have to do is baste every hour.
This is the perfect holiday ham as the ham is slow cooking to perfection and is ready to eat in 3-4 hours. This moist sweet-salty flavorful ham will fall off the bone when you take it out of the slow cooker.
The ham is not only delicious but also perfect as leftover ham the next day, whether you’re savoring it cold on a buffet or using it to create delectable sandwiches with plenty of leftovers to enjoy.
Easy CrockPot Ham
Why use a slow cooker ham recipe or my favorite brand a CrockPot to cook a ham? Low heat and slow cooking bring out the best flavors in most meats. I have had do many hams that dry out when cooked in the oven, and the ham main dish tasks up the oven space when cooking for a holiday meal. The CrockPot holds all the juices in during the cooking process and the best part is that the ham has a rich flavor you can not get any other way.
Slow Cooker recipes are a great way for a busy family to make a weeknight meal as you can prepare your dinner far in advance of dinner time. As parents, we are all too familiar with the fact that the period between 4 and 6 in the afternoon is the most hectic and stressful.
This time is important for our families as a time to share and review our day. Why spend that time standing over the stove when you can use an easy recipe in the CrockPot to cook for you?
It is so easy to fill your CrockPot with all the deliciously simple ingredients and have dinner ready when you are.
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How to Cook a Spiral Cut Ham in the CrockPot
As with all my recipes, the prep goes faster 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 prep at lunchtime. If you are having guests do as much prep the day before as possible.
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 you can remove a few slices and put them in my freezer for a bean soup later.
Next, put the whole ham and the wrapper and all in my sink. There are a lot of juices in a cooked spiral ham that will go everywhere if you try to open it up on the counter. Open up the package 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.
Spray the bottom of the CrocPot with spray oil to make for easy cleanup.
Put the whole ham in the CrockPot with the fat side down and make sure the kid fits with the lid on.
Open the Pineapple Rings. Using the whole cloves attach the pineapple rings to the ham. Add a maraschino cherry in the center of the pineapple rings.
How to Make CrockPot Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze
To make the pineapple brown sugar 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, Here is the recipe: 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.
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 reaches 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.
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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.
- 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
- Spray the Crock Pot with spray oil for easy clean-up.
- 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)
- Place the ham in the Crock Pot face down.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add a maraschino cherry to the middle of each ring.
- 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.
- Serve hot or cold.
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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