Crockpot Ham with Maple and Brown Sugar (Less Than 15 Mins Prep)

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Crockpot Ham sweetened with maple and brown sugar is a favorite for holidays, Sundays and more! Never dry, always flavorful, always a hit.

A spiral cut crock pot ham surrounded by fresh herbs

Crockpot Ham

Christmas and Easter dinners wouldn’t be complete without a succulent ham. Dripping with maple and brown sugar glaze, this ham is slow cooked in the Crockpot and always turns out perfect! Sometimes if I can get a ham on a good sale, I will make a ham for Sunday dinner and then 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 holiday ham seriously can’t be beat. The flavor is so sweet and savory, you will never want to use the included flavor packet again!

Crock Pot Ham fanned out on a serving platter with fresh herbs

Benefits of a Crockpot

Spiral hams are delicious anytime, but especially around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. When preparing meals for a holiday dinner or even a big Sunday dinner, oven space becomes an issue. Heating the ham with this crock pot ham recipe saves oven space for side dishes and rolls. Another benefit of using the Crockpot is that it doesn’t dry out the ham. The ham stays tender and flavorful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best ham to use for Crockpot Ham?

A spiral ham works best for this recipe.

Do I use the seasoning packet that comes with the ham?

No, this recipe does not use the seasoning packet. We recommend you throw it away.

What if my ham doesn’t fit in my slow cooker or Crockpot?

When this happens, it is usually because the lid won’t fit on the top of the ham bone. You can cut this part of the ham off with a big, sharp knife or you can take some of the slices off the bottom of the ham and place them around the sides of the Crock Pot. It won’t look as nice, but it will cook just the same.

What is the best pineapple juice to use in this recipe?

Use canned pineapple juice. You can buy canned pineapple juice or use the juice from a can of sliced pineapple or pineapple chunks. DO NOT USE fresh pineapple juice. The acids in the juice will break down the ham.

Can I add pineapple slices or pineapple chunks?

Absolutely!

Can I use another juice besides pineapple?

Yes, if you don’t like pineapple, orange juice is also very good with ham. You can also use apple cider.

Best Side Dishes to Serve with Crockpot Ham

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!


Crock Pot Ham

Best Maple Syrup for Slow Cooker Ham

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. If syrup just isn’t your thing, you can also use honey.

Best Leftover Recipes for Ham

No matter how many guests we have, we always seem to have so much ham ham leftover! Chop up leftover crockpot ham and use it in omeletsbreakfast casseroles, or breakfast sandwiches. So many possibilities! You can make so many meals from just one ham! Here are a few of our favorites:

5-Star Reviews

We’ve had many rave reviews on this Slow Cooker Ham recipe. Here are a few of our favorites:

I made this for Christmas and it was delicious!! – Kimberly

This made an amazing ham! I have never made one and who knew it was so easy and flavorful! I did substitute orange juice for the pineapple juice since that is what I had on hand. – Beth

Thank you for helping me cook my first Thanksgiving ham ever 🙂 Your instructions are very easy to follow. Have a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 – Dahlia

 I tried this today and the ham was so moist and tasty. This is the way I will cook ham from now on. Thanks – Sherry

I made this for our family for the last 3 years and we all love it. It is simply and delicious. I choose to add fresh pineapple. Thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to all! – Sas

A spiral cut ham in the slow cooker

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Maple and Brown Sugar

4.91 from 44 votes
Crockpot Ham sweetened with maple and brown sugar is a favorite for holidays, Sundays and more! Never dry, always flavorful, always a hit.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 20

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Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 1 8-10 lb spiral-cut ham (boneless ham or bone-in ham)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup canned pineapple juice (do not use fresh pineapple juice)

Instructions

  • 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, but if it doesn't fit, ham can be placed on it's side so the lid can close.
    Ham being placed in a slow cooker flat side down
  • Generously rub with brown sugar all over ham. Pour maple syrup and pineapple juice over the ham.
    Adding ingredients to cooked ham in a slow cooker
  • Add lid and cook for 2-3 hours on low heat. 
    Placing lid on ham for cooking
  • Spoon juices over the ham and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes.
    Spooning juices onto a ham during the cooking process
  • Remove ham from slow cooker and serve!
    Close up look at slices of a cooked ham

Nutrition Information

Calories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 34gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1889mgPotassium: 504mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1.5mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. I have also used Pepsi in substitution for the pineapple juice. Trying this way today. Should be as good as ever. Yum!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! It does make holiday meal prep so much easier. Thank you for the 5-stars!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a great way to make ham! It turns out so full of flavor and it couldn’t be any easier. Love it!

    1. I usually find it at the grocery store in the meat department. Sometimes Costco or Sam’s Club will have them as well!