This Slow Cooker Ham is such an easy recipe. It’s perfect for holidays like Christmas and Easter when oven space is limited a lot OR for an easy weeknight dinner! 4 ingredients plus some cooking time in a slow cooker and you’ll have a delicious holiday ham ready to enjoy!
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Today’s recipe, an easy slow cooker ham, is free of refined sugar, but still just as yummy as any brown 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, pineapple chunks and pineapple juice provide all the sweetness needed to make this ham perfect for a special occasion dinner.
A ham (and especially a spiral cut ham) is such a versatile and relatively inexpensive ham is, especially for feeding a crowd, like you do for Easter dinner or Christmas dinner. This crock pot ham is made with a pre-cooked and pre-sliced ham, so really all you are doing is warming and flavoring it! Absolutely the easy way! Then surround your juicy ham with your favorite side dishes!
Just giving it a couple hours on low in the crockpot is all this dish needs and it’s ready for your holiday meal. I try to scoop the juices over the top while it’s warming to keep it nice and moist while slow cooking!
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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, because it creates a more flavorful ham, but just something to be aware of!
What type of pineapple can you use for this delicious crock pot pineapple ham?
I used a humble can of pineapple chunks. You can also used canned pineapple slices or pineapple rings. You can also make this with fresh pineapple. Just be sure to add 1/4 cup of pineapple juice or orange juice (whatever you have on hand) to the crockpot before cooking.
Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple Recipe
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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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 slow cooker, unless you have an extra-large crockpot!
According to the patron saint of hostessing large group and 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 spiral ham is recommended to be cooked 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!
Storing leftover ham for later
Store leftover ham in an airtight container with the juices to keep it nice and moist. It should keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. But I’d definitely suggest using one of the ideas below to use up your slow cooker ham recipe leftovers!
What can I make with leftover ham?
If you have plenty of leftovers have no fear–I love that you can use crockpot ham leftovers for SO many different things! You use this slow cooker ham as a homemade pizza topping, for the next day 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 weeknight meal and then you can use and eat off the leftovers all week long!
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Any way you slice it the sweet flavor of this crock pot 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 holidays or regular old days–aren’t you?!
What’s one way you use your slow cooker to make your life easier during the holidays?
If you like this recipe be sure to save it to your holiday baking board to find later!