This slow cooker ham with maple and brown sugar is a favorite of ours around the holidays! So much flavor and NEVER dry.
Like many of you, we usually do two big ham dinners each year; Christmas and Easter. Sometimes if I can get a ham on a really good sale, I will make a ham dinner for Sunday dinner– that way we can make lots of different meals throughout the week with the leftovers (more on that below– we have lots of great leftover ideas)! This slow cooker ham seriously can’t be beat. The flavor is SO good, you will never want to use the included flavor packet again!
The Maple Syrup:
For this recipe I love using REAL maple syrup. It adds such a rich, maple flavor that is hard to beat. Of course the real stuff is quite expensive, so if you want to use your typical Mrs. Butterworth’s (or any regular breakfast maple syrup), that’s ok too. Don’t skimp on the syrup. If you feel like you need to add a little extra, I won’t blame you. Follow your heart. 😉
Side Dish Ideas:
Wanting to make this slow cooker spiral ham but need some side dish ideas? I’ve got ya covered. We almost always serve this ham with our Cheesy Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes) but it is also VERY good with Parmesan Potato Halves or Dauphinoise Potatoes (scalloped potatoes). You can also serve with a salad (I love making our Christmas Salad, especially), Sautéed Peas, or even Creamy Potatoes and Peas. You can’t go wrong with any of these ideas for sides!
Even if we are celebrating these holidays just with our own little family, I will still cook up a big ham because I love all the leftover possibilities. My favorite ways to use up leftovers is our Mom’s Bacon n’ Corn Chowder (just add ham) and Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup. I also love our Slow Cooker Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham and our Restaurant-Style Ham Fried Rice. If you are wanting to use the leftovers for lunch, try these Apple Ham and Cheddar Melts (SO good). Of course you can also chop it up and use it in omelets, breakfast casseroles, or breakfast sandwiches. So many possibilities! You can make so many meals from just one ham!
Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Maple and Brown Sugar
Remove ham from packaging and place in a large (7+ quart) slow cooker. Discard flavor packet (if any).
Place ham flat-side down in slow cooker.
Generously rub with brown sugar all over ham.
Pour maple syrup and pineapple juice over the ham.
Add lid and cook for 2-3 hours on low heat.
Spoon juices over the ham and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes.
Remove ham from slow cooker and serve!