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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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. Hi – I have a 8 lb ham shank. Will this work with in crock pot using your other dinner at zoo recipe with pineapple and cherries, which I made several times with good feedback (recipe is to bake in oven but need to make in crockpot instead due to oven space). Would the cooking time need to be adjusted if not using spiral ham? Any idea how to adjust time? Want to make sure to have ready prior to guest arrival.

    1. I think that should be fine, just score the top of the ham which will help it cook at a comparable rate as a spiral ham.

  2. I really want to make this recipe. However, I just realized that my ham does not fit in the crockpot. How do I cut the ham down to fit? Do I cut off some of the bottom before placing it down? I don’t have anything sharp enough to cut down the bone structure side.

    I saw a link to a recipe for the oven, but it doesn’t include the ingredients of the maple syrup and pineapple juice that I’ve already purchased. Thanks

    1. Mine is about three quarters inch too tall. I put it in anyway, put the lid on, and then put four layers of foil on top. Fingers crossed

  3. I’m trying this recipe for the first time. I’ll be bringing it to a Thanksgiving gathering. I’m trying to figure out if I should cook all ahead of time or finish cooking at the hosting home. Our arrival time is 2 with dinner at 4. Our drive time is 20 minutes. If I cook ahead, ok to leave on warm setting in the crock pot for about 1 1/2 hours until ready to serve? What’s your recommendation? Thanks

    1. I’d recommend cooking it at home, then when you get there baste it with the glaze and then leave on the warm setting. Basting it will help to keep it from drying out!

  4. 5 stars
    I wouldn’t have thought that ham would come out so great after cooking in the slow cooker. this recipe is simple and so flavorful. YUM!

  5. 5 stars
    You’re right, this was the best ham to make. Loved that you can make this in the crockpot and just dump in the ingredients that I only had in my pantry! I’m going to make this again for my family gathering in a few weeks!

  6. 5 stars
    This ham looks so rich and tender!! Love that it can be done in the crock pot – makes it so easy! The glaze looks absolutely amazing – perfect for the holidays!

  7. 5 stars
    My husband loved it. However, it took 6+ hours to get to temperature. I cooked it with a meat thermometer inserted. My ham was 6.8 lbs so it was a little bigger. Will make again and will plan for a longer cook time.

  8. I have a 12 lb. Spiral sliced ham, no maple syrup. Can I use white Karo syrup, brown sugar and pineapple juice? How long would I need to cook?

  9. Hi there! I bought a salted caramel pre cut spiral ham (pre cooked). Is this recipe for pre-cooked or raw?? Thank you!