This Slow Cooker Ham is so easy!! 4 ingredients plus a couple hours in a slow cooker and you’ll have a delicious holiday ham ready to enjoy!
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Welcome to Day 3 of my 12 Days of Holiday Recipes! For 12 Days I’m sharing some of my favorite, easy, and sometimes healthy holiday recipes perfect for all the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings coming up in November and December!! The holidays are some of my favorite times to get busy in the kitchen, so many great recipes to enjoy and share together!
Here’s what we’ve made so far:
Day 1: The Best Crustless Pumpkin Pie. — Easy, gluten-free, and so creamy and delicious you won’t even miss the crust! (And if you do, I have a killer Amish pie crust recipe linked too!)
Day 2: The Perfect Gingerbread Smoothie! — The perfect healthy breakfast to start your day with! It’s creamy ice-cream-like texture and hint of spice are so tasty, plus it’s loaded with good for you protein, and is dairy and gluten free!
Today’s recipe, an easy slow cooker ham, is refined sugar-free, but still just as yummy as any sugar-covered ham out there! The ham is steeped in my favorite no-sugar Honey Mustard Sauce for just the right amount of tang. Then, a bit of maple syrup and sweet pineapple juice provide all the sweetness needed to make this ham perfect for Christmas dinner!
I’m going to shoot straight with you and tell you that we don’t eat ham on Christmas. For our extended family dinner, yes, but for our family Christmas tradition on Christmas day we dine on steak!
And we are totally fine with no ham on Christmas! But because we don’t eat it often I completely forget how easy and versatile and relatively inexpensive ham is, especially for feeding a crowd!
This ham is made with a pre-cooked and pre-sliced ham, so really all you are doing is warming and flavoring it! Just giving it a couple hours on low in the crockpot is all this dish needs. I try to scoop the juices over the top while it’s warming to keep it nice and moist!
If you are wanting a totally “clean” ham be sure to rigorously check the ingredients. I got the one with the lowest amount of sugar and additives I could find, but most hams have some kind of injection of sweet somethings. Not necessarily a bad thing, but just something to be aware of!
Slow Cooker Ham Recipe
Slow Cooker Ham
- Slow cooker
- 4-5 pound spiral sliced ham
- 1/4 cup G. Hughes sugar-free honey mustard sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 can pineapple junks with juice
- Place ham in slow cooker. Spread honey mustard sauce over the top of ham. Pour maple syrup over ham. Pour pineapple and juice on top. Cook on low for 3 hours.
I’m such a big fan of G. Hughes Sugar Free sauces since I have been diagnosed with high insulin levels (full story HERE) and I love the honey mustard dipping sauce I use in this recipe! It’s so tasty on chicken or on a sandwich! I always get mine from Walmart! Thank goodness for grocery pickup during the hectic holiday season, am I right?! (I mean, I use it year round because why would I take all my kids to the stores when I can order groceries from the couch in my jammies!)
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What size ham do I need for my family?
I got a 4.5 pound ham and we ate it for dinner and then used it in other recipes (see ideas below) the whole week long! It fit perfectly in our slow cooker! So you wouldn’t want to cook a much bigger ham in a slowcooker, unless you have an extra-large crockpot!
According to the patron saint of hostessing holiday gatherings, Martha Stewart, you should plan on 1/2 pound of boneless ham per person and 3/4 pound per person for bone-in ham. Of course, plan a little less for kids! Our kids ate maybe 2 slice between the three of them. *sigh*
Can you put a frozen ham in a slow cooker?
Sure! Just be sure to allow extra time to heat it to a safe temperature. A pre-cooked ham is recommended to be cook to an internal temperature of 140 degrees and an internal temperature of 145 ham that isn’t pre-cooked. (This is why I think a meat thermometer is a kitchen must-have!) For a frozen ham in a slow cooker you will probably need to cook it on low for closer to 12 hours. This article has more tips for cooking a frozen ham!
What else can I make with this slow cooker ham?
I love that you can use this crockpot ham leftovers for SO many different things! You use this slow cooker ham as a homemade pizza topping, in a your potato soup, in hot ham and cheese sliders, on a salad, in cheesy potatoes, on a sandwich, in an omelette or egg bake–the possibilities are endless! This is why I really love this easy ham recipe– there are so many options for those lazy post-holiday days or this makes a really great Monday crockpot dinner and then you can use and eat off the leftovers all week long!
RELATED: HEALTHY SLOW COOKER POTATO SOUP
Any way you slice it this easy slow cooker ham is going to make a great no-fuss, low-sugar holiday dinner! I’m all about easy + healthy recipes–especially when it comes to Christmas, aren’t you?!
What’s one way you use your slow cooker to make your life easier during the holidays?