Crock Pot Ham is the easiest holiday ham you’ll ever make!

With just minutes of prep, the slow cooker works its magic, making a tender, juicy ham with an easy brown sugar and jelly glaze.

Serve alongside your holiday favorites, like scalloped potatoes.

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Easy CrockPot Ham

I love this slow cooker ham recipe for so many reasons!

  • With just a few minutes of prep time, you can set it and forget it.
  • Crockpot ham slow cooks to ensure a tender, juicy ham that’s cooked to perfection.
  • Making ham in a slow cooker frees up your oven for other dishes.
  • Customize CrockPot ham with your favorite glaze or seasonings.

How to Make Crock Pot Ham

I prefer a spiral ham as it’s easy to cut and cook, but of course, any kind of smoked ham will do!

  1. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar in the slow cooker. Add the ham.
  2. Mix the glaze & pour it over the ham.
  3. Cover and allow the Crock Pot to do all of the work!

An Easy Glaze

Creating a glaze for your Crock Pot Ham is incredibly easy! This recipe combines jelly and brown sugar for sweetness, while Dijon mustard adds a subtle tang.

If you don’t have apple jelly, you can substitute apricot or opt for a classic brown sugar ham glaze. Want to try something new? Try my old fashioned raisin sauce for ham which is great on baked ham too!

sliced ham in a crock pot
  • We prefer a homemade glaze and discard the glaze packet that comes with the ham. You can substitute the glaze in the recipe with the glaze that comes with your ham if you’d prefer.
  • You can add ½ cup of pineapple juice to the slow cooker if desired but liquid does not need to be added to the slow cooker, the ham will release juices.
How Long to Cook a Ham

A smoked ham should be cooked to a temperature of 140°F on a meat thermometer. This will take 4-5 hours on low for an 8-10lb ham. Ensure the ham isn’t overcooked, or it won’t be tender. This recipe uses spiral ham which is smoked (fully cooked).

How Much Ham Per Person?

When buying ham, account for:
1/4 – 1/3 lb. per person of boneless ham
1/3 – 1/2 lb. per person of bone-in ham

close up of sliced ham

What to Serve With Ham

This is a great holiday recipe, perfect for Christmas or Easter dinner. Slice the ham, place it on a platter, and garnish with herbs or additional rosemary.

We serve this Crock Pot ham recipe alongside a lot of the same sides we put on our Thanksgiving dinner menu. Garlic mashed potatoes, bacon green beans, 30 Minute Dinner Rolls, and a fresh salad.

Leftover Ham?

Store leftover ham in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat slices in the microwave or in a skillet over the stove. Leftover ham can also be added to your favorite recipes.

Use leftovers for ham sandwiches on toast or to add to a grilled cheese sandwich. Stir them into soups or casseroles.

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Crock Pot Ham

Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe. It takes just 5 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does all of the work!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8 to 10 pound spiral cut ham fully cooked

For the Glaze

  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup apple jelly
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


  • For the glaze, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the apple jelly. Whisk in ½ cup brown sugar, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and ground ginger.
  • For the ham, in the bottom of a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker, sprinkle ¼ cup of brown sugar.
  • If the ham has a plastic disk in the center, remove and discard it. Place the ham into the slow cooker and pour the glaze over the top, making sure to separate the layers of ham and brush with glaze.
  • Add ham and pour glaze overtop ensuring you separate the layers of ham and brush with glaze.
  • Cover slow cooker (see note), add rosemary sprigs and cook on low 4-5 hours.



If the ham is too large for the lid to close completely, cover the slow cooker with foil and place the lid on top of the foil to seal in the heat.
Be sure to check your package to ensure that the ham is smoked/ fully cooked. The package will tell what temperature the ham needs to reach.
Apple jelly can be substituted with apricot jam/jelly, apple butter, or even orange marmalade.
If using a ham that is not a spiral ham, I recommend scoring the ham.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 997 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 4388mg | Potassium: 1081mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Ham, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American

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  2. Hi Holly, I love reading your recipes and I will be making your crockpot ham and scalloped potatoes recipes this Easter weekend. I’m so glad that I came upon your blog and recipes. Thank you. Your recipes are easy to follow also!!! Carol
    P.S I live in Windsor, Ontario Canada so happy that you are also Canadian5 stars

    1. I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes Carol! I can’t wait for you to try the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes!

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Jen. Often Instant Pots do have a slow cooker function, so you could try that. But I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure how it would work. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  3. I’m doing this recipe right now. It’s very fragrant/strong when making the glaze. Will that cook off in crockpot. Also will the juices of this be ok to use for Grady and do you have a gravy recipe? Really hoping this turns out. Just make me nervous with the strong smell of apple cider and Dijon mustard.

    1. The smell of the cider may seem strong before cooking, but the jelly and brown sugar will balance it perfectly once it cooks. The juices can be spooned over the ham if you’d like; I have not used it to make gravy. Let us know how it goes, I’m sure it will be amazing!

    1. Hi Sarah, a 5lb ham should take somewhere between 3-4 hours to fully cook. Using a meat thermometer, make sure the center of the ham reaches 140°F to make sure it is fully cooked.

  4. Am I supposed to add any liquid to the crockpot? My glaze is a thicker glaze and I am not sure if it will burn to the bottom with no liquid.

  5. Hi, my han is way too big for my crockpot even if I did just cover the top with foil. can this be done in a roaster and if so on what temp for what cooking time and do you have to add any liquid! Happy Holidays! ❤

    1. This will depend on the size of your ham. I would check the manual with your roaster for directions and a cook time. Happy Holidays to you and your family too!

      1. What can I use instead of apple jelly?
        Also, it says to cover crockpot and then add Rosemary sprigs. Is that right? Thanks so much! We ❤️ your recipes!