This pineapple crockpot ham recipe is sweet, tender, and delicious. Cooks on it’s own in your slow cooker and is ready when you are, perfect for holidays!
I had made ham several ways but this time I made this crockpot ham recipe and it came out really delicious. Added to our list of easy crockpot recipes for your reference if you’re looking for other slow cooker dinners after you try this one. (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)
Ham is such a great holiday dinner idea. It is packed with protein, inexpensive, and provides not only dinner for the 5 of us but leftovers so I can make meals the next 2 days usually too.
Typically if you buy a ham in the grocery store it is a half ham and it is already sliced, not ours.
Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉
This year we moved to Idaho and out here a lot of people purchase meat from the local farms around the city.
We too bought an entire pig and the hams we got were quarter hams.
This came unsliced. I would suggest slicing it thinly like a spiral sliced ham to get each layer hot. I did this on later attempts.
- The other half of this I used to make this Instant Pot ham that turned out amazing in just 10 minutes! Oven baked ham takes longer but our brown sugar bourbon glaze makes it over the top for sure.
- I also tried a dutch oven ham and Ninja Foodi ham which were great.
If you have a pressure cooker I would recommend trying that method as well. It allows you to cook everything in one pot, thicken the glaze afterward, and it is super quick.
BUT….I do like having several methods of cooking depending on the occasion. Making this crockpot ham recipe does allow you to cook a piece that is a bit larger. This particular piece wouldn’t have fit inside my 6 qt. Instant Pot so there’s that.
Why would you cook your ham in your slow cooker?
- You don’t have to heat up your house by turning on your oven
- During the holidays it frees up your oven for all your side dishes
- You can leave it unattended if you’re leaving for the day
It’s a bit easier than the oven version as there’s no wrapping in foil
Here’s a top and side shot of our crockpot ham when it was done.
Best crockpot ham
- Baste ham in the Crock once or twice if possible throughout the cooking process
- It will create a moister ham
- Use a small measuring cup to scoop the pineapple juices at the bottom, and just pour on top of your ham
- Use a holiday ham that isn’t cut
- I think it creates a moister ham overall in the end
- When it is done only cut the pieces you will eat immediately
If you have leftovers they will stay moister in the fridge if it is not cut until it is ready to be used/eaten
You can see here is our ham once I took the top off after it was done, the photo above it was right after it was basted. You can see the difference in how moist the outside is (the best part if you ask me).
If you’re not a fan of pineapple you can use this recipe for baked ham glaze that uses orange juice as the base that is wonderful as well.
Once you’re slow cooker ham is done you can baste once again, slice and serve immediately or thicken your ham glaze over the stovetop with a bit of cornstarch. Totally up to you.
Crockpot ham recipe
- Crockpot – this is the one I used
- Quarter ham – bone in ham, fully cooked smoked ham
- half ham is too large to fit
- ours wasn’t spiral cut
- if you have a spiral ham the cook time would likely be less
- Brown sugar
- Can of pineapple slices chunks – or tidbits
Cloves – whole, these are optional of course
If you need a low carb Crockpot ham, follow these directions:
The main reason we love this is it stays so moist AND you save oven space when you have side dishes that need to be baked. In just 3-4 hours you too can see how yummy this is. Grab a boneless ham and try it yourself.
If you have leftover ham you should dice it up and put it into our crockpot corn chowder for another meal.
Time needed: 4 hours.
Put your precooked ham inside your slow cooker. We had a quarter ham that fit nicely, if you have a really large crockpot you may be able to cook a half ham in it.
In a small bowl mix together your cup of brown sugar and 3/4 cup of pineapple juice. Pour this on top of your ham.
Push your whole cloves in (optional). Pour 1 cup of pineapple chunks or tidbits on top of your ham, drizzle your honey on top and close your lid.
If cooking a quarter ham like we did set for 3-4 hours on low until it is warmed in the center (remember it is already cooked).
If cooking a half ham (assuming you can fit that) cook on low for 6-8 or until warmed to your liking.
Basting half way thru the cooking process with the juices at the bottom is the best way to do it to keep it moist.
Check temp. in middle. USDA recommends it reaches 145 F before consuming.
Slice and serve drizzled with pineapple sauce in slow cooker. If you want to thicken the sauce you can dump sauce (without pineapple chunks) into a small pan on your stovetop.
Take some liquid out and whisk it together with 1-3 tbsp of cornstarch in a small bowl. Dump this back into your pot and allow to bubble until it thickens to your liking, then serve this on the side.
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For some leftover ham recipes you should try our:
- Crockpot split pea soup recipe takes rock hard peas to tender and perfect at the end of the day.
- Ham and cheese breakfast bites are a great choice.
If you have more to use up, try our creamy Crockpot ham and potato soup.
Crockpot Ham Recipe
- Put your precooked ham inside your slow cooker. We had a quarter ham that fit nicely, if you have a really large crockpot you may be able to cook a half ham in it.
- In a small bowl mix together your cup of brown sugar and 3/4 cup of pineapple juice. Pour this on top of your ham.
- Push your whole cloves into your ham (optional). Pour 1 cup of pineapple chunks or tidbits on top of your ham, drizzle your honey on top and close your lid.
- If cooking a quarter ham like we did set to low for 3-4 hours until it is warmed in the center (remember it is already cooked). If cooking a half ham (assuming you can fit that) cook on low for 6-8 or until warmed to your liking. (check temp. at min. timing to see how close to 145 F it is)
- Baste the ham half way thru the cooking process with the juices at the bottom. Check internal temp. of ham in center, should reach 145 before serving.
- Slice and serve drizzled with pineapple sauce in slow cooker. If you want to thicken the sauce you can dump sauce (without pineapple chunks) into a small pan on your stovetop. Take some liquid out and whisk it together with 1-3 tbsp of cornstarch in a small bowl.
- Dump this back into your pot and allow to bubble until it thickens to your liking, then serve this on the side to pour on top.
Slice it and enjoy.