This crock pot ham is a spiral cut ham topped with a 3 ingredient glaze, then slow cooked to perfection. This is the BEST way to make your holiday ham, the slow cooker does all of the work!

I’m always looking for ways to make holiday entertaining easier, and this crock pot ham is about as simple as it gets. All it takes is 5 minutes of prep time, and you end up with the most tender and succulent ham of all time! Not a ham fan? Try my herb roasted turkey or slow cooker turkey breast instead.

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A crock pot ham on a serving plate with herbs and apples for garnish.

Whenever there’s a holiday, there’s a ham on my table. I love to cook ham because most of the work is done for you before you even open the package. All you need is a delicious glaze and a slow cooker to make this simple crock pot ham. Best of all, it frees up oven space so that you have plenty of room to cook up your sides and desserts.

How do you make crock pot ham?

The first step is to choose your ham. I always go with a smoked spiral cut ham. You’ll want a ham around 7-8 pounds in size. If you go any larger, you may have trouble fitting it into your crock pot. You can always trim off the end to make it fit if needed.

The ham is coated in brown sugar, then doused in maple syrup and pineapple juice to form a sweet glaze that simmers away along with the ham.

A ham in a crock pot coated with brown sugar.

Tips for crock pot ham

  • You’ll need a large oval slow cooker for this recipe – the one shown here is an 8 quart slow cooker, I’ve also used my 7 quart size with success.
  • The glaze is fairly thin when it comes out of the crock pot, so I like to transfer it to a pan on the stove top and simmer the glaze until it thickens.
  • Not a fan of pineapple juice? Try apple cider instead.
  • I like to garnish my ham platter with an assortment of herbs and fruit for a beautiful presentation.

A crock pot ham with maple syrup being poured over the top.

How much ham per person?

You’ll need about 3/4 pound of ham per person for a bone-in ham. If you want plenty of leftovers, you can increase that amount to 1 pound of ham per person.

How long to cook a ham?

It takes approximately 3-4 hours to cook a ham in the crock pot on low heat. You can check to make sure your ham is heated through by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the ham. The thermometer should read at least 140 degrees F.

A ham in a slow cooker covered in brown sugar, maple syrup and pineapple juice.

What to serve with ham

Ham pairs perfectly with potatoes, vegetables, cornbread, or even stuffing! Here are some of my favorite holiday side dishes that I serve alongside my crock pot ham.

A spiral cut crock pot ham inside a slow cooker.

How to reheat leftover ham

One of the best parts about a holiday meal is enjoying the leftovers the next day! You can reheat your ham by covering it with foil and warming it in a 275 degree oven.

Sliced crock pot ham on a serving plate.

How to use leftover ham

Got leftover ham? I’ve got plenty of ways for you to repurpose it! Check out my list of 40 Satisfying Leftover Ham Recipes.

I love this crock pot ham because it’s tender, flavorful and so incredibly easy to make. It’s a huge hit every time I serve it!

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5 from 105 votes

Crock Pot Ham with Brown Sugar

AuthorSara Welch
A crock pot ham on a serving plate with herbs and apples for garnish.
This crock pot ham is a spiral cut ham topped with a 3 ingredient glaze, then slow cooked to perfection. This is the BEST way to make your holiday ham, the slow cooker does all of the work!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 5 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 8


  • 8 lb spiral cut ham
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup do not use artificially flavored pancake syrup
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • cooking spray
  • fresh herbs for garnish


  • Coat a large 7-8 quart crock pot with cooking spray.
  • Place the ham cut side down in the crock pot.
  • Rub the brown sugar all over the ham, then pour the maple syrup and pineapple juice over the top.
  • Cook for 3-4 hours on low heat, or until a thermometer registers 140 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the ham.
  • Transfer the ham to a serving platter. 
  • Pour the liquid from the bottom of the crock pot into a medium sized pan.
  • Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the liquid to a simmer. 
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes or until just thickened,
  • Pour the sauce over the ham. Decorate the serving platter with fresh herbs if desired, then serve.


If you prefer a thicker glaze, you can whisk together 1 tablespoon of corn starch with 2 tablespoons of cold water and add it to the sauce pan when you simmer your liquid from the bottom of the crock pot. 


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 489mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I had to cut my ham off the bone to fit into my slow cooker pot. Went out on a limb and subbed veggie broth for the juice… stay tuned.

  2. Have you made this with a smaller ham by chance? I only have a 4qt crockpot and wondering if this would work with a 4lb ham and 4qt crockpot by just halfing all the ingredients? What would you think cook time would be?

  3. I want to cook this today for thanksgiving, it won’t fit in my slow cooker so I need to use the oven! I want to still use this glaze. Any suggestions for the oven? Should I leave it covered the entire time with foil?

  4. Hi- can you use this recipe with a boneless spiral cut ham? Would you adjust the cook time?
    Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Sara, I am sure I already commented a fee years ago, but I simply have to again!!! This is such a staple of ours, and I just thank you for saving my sanity at Christmas as this crock pot magic makes me relax more than stress out. This way, the oven can nail 5 side dishes np and all is done at the same time. The flavors are dangerous so wear a flowy top hahah soooo worth it

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for a work gathering . Unfortunately, I was unable to reduce the sauce to accompany the ham. The ham was moist and flavorful. It was enjoyed by all – on the following day as well. The bone is now headed for split pea soup. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you!

      1. Peach juice is also better if you want a thicker sauce! I use my own melted homemade apple butter as a glaze and it is AMAZING!

    1. Or just cover it with tinfoil and set the lid on top as best as you can. Works just fine for me when anything is too big to lock the lid on all the way.

    1. Yes it’s a fully cooked ham, you’ll just want to follow the recipe then cut the slices away from the bone when you’re ready to eat!

  7. I will be trying this recipe for the first time this Thanksgiving and my question is, does this recipe call for an 8lb boneless ham or an 8lb bone in ham?

    1. It assumes you’re using an 8 lb bone in spiral cut ham. You can use other types of hams but the cooking time may vary.