This mouthwatering glazed Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham recipe is a must-make for your holiday table. It begins with a spiral ham glazed with pineapple, brown sugar, mustard and a hint of spice to balance the sweetness. Pour apple cider over the ham, then brush it liberally with the sweet and sticky glaze and let the slow cooker do the rest.
Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe
Making ham in a slow cooker, not only frees the oven space on a busy cooking day, but it also does a fabulous job of not drying out the ham. method when making a special occasion ham. This ham turns out beautifully and has become my favorite way to make a spiral ham that's already fully cooked, but needs glazing and gentle warming. Serve this beauty for a special occasion or any time you need a gorgeous centerpiece for your meal.
How to Make Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
- Is the spiral ham in this recipe already cooked? This recipe shows you how to make a fully cooked spiral ham in your slow cooker, yes. It's a busy day holiday hack that's a fantastic alternative to baking a ham in the oven. While oven baked ham is certainly tasty, this will give you another cooking option and free up your oven space, too.
- Is a spiral ham the same thing as a bone-in ham? Bone-in ham may be cooked or uncooked, You want to specifically look for a spiral ham for this recipe.
- If I can't find pineapple preserves for the ham glaze is there an alternative? Yes, you can use orange or apricot preserves in the same amount in place of pineapple preserves.
- In a pinch, you can also use an 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple simmered on the stovetop with ¼ cup of granulated sugar for 15-20 minutes or just until slightly thickened, to replace the preserves.
- Can I use the ham bone for other recipes? Absolutely you can and should! If you don't have immediate plans to use it, cool it then place into a freezer safe bag and freeze it for a future meal.
- How do you freeze leftover ham? You can remove the ham from the bone, wrap it in freezer wrap and pack into desired size portions in plastic Ziploc freezer bags. When done properly it will keep for 3-4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and use for sandwiches, casseroles, omelets and more.
Delicious Recipes for Using Leftover Pineapple Glazed Ham
Holiday ham leftovers are a gift and can be used in so many ways for other meals. A few you'll find here in the recipe index to try:
- Transform it into Southern Ham Salad for sandwiches
- Cozy up to a bowl of Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup
- My Iron Skillet Ham and Cheddar Cornbread is delicious with a bowl of beans
- Single serving Broccoli Ham and Cheese Muffin Cups
- Ham and Cheese Waffles from Barefeet in the Kitchen are simple but, delicious.
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Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham
- 1 6-8-lb fully cooked spiral ham
- ½ cup pineapple preserves
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 ½ cup apple cider or apple juice divided
- ¼ cup Dijon or brown mustard
- ½ teaspoon allspice or ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat cook together the preserves, brown sugar, ½ cup apple cider, Dijon and allspice. Bring to a boil then cook for 3 minutes or until the sugar has melted.
- Spray the inside of a 6 quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Place the spiral ham in the slow cooker on it's side. (Make sure the ham you purchase fits into your slow cooker with the lid on)
- Pour the remaining apple cider over the ham. Brush liberally with glaze between each slice and on the exterior. reserving about ¼ cup to brush on at the end.
- Turn the ham cut side down after glazing.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until it reaches 140°F internal temperature. (Adjust the time based on the size of the ham)
- Remove to a platter and brush with remaining glaze or to a baking pan to broil in the oven to char the glaze, if desired.
I would like to know how to convert this recipe from the crock pot to the oven. Thank you!
Please see this recipe for baked ham.
I could only find a fully cooked spiral ham that wasn't boneless and the smallest was 10 lbs. How long should I cook it?
I would still follow the recipe cooking for 4-6 hours OR until it reaches an internal temperature of 140°F.
Ok. Thank you. I'm cooking this tomorrow for Good Friday. We are celebrating Easter then instead of on Sunday due to schedules.
Happy Easter to you and yours!
Can you use a regular bone-in ham for this? (assuming it fits in my crock pot!)
You can slow cook a bone-in ham but, this is a spiral ham that's already cooked. If you're referencing a fully cooked ham, yes.
OMG. I bought a ham and I thought that it came with one of those brown sugar packets but it didn't. And I forgot to marinate it in the recipe I had downloaded. So I found your recipe right before it was time to go in the oven. I didn't have apple juice or cider but I had red wine so I use that. This was so good oh my goodness! Thank you
How wonderful, thank you, I'm so happy you found it!
Made this for a Holiday party last night.
I couldn’t find pineapple preserves so I used orange marmalade and pineapple juice. it was fantastic.
And I loved that the oven was free for the other hors d’houevres!
Orange marmalade was a terrific choice. I'm delighted you loved this one, thank you!
Do I have to use a spiral ham.?
can a big sliced ham be used?
Sure, if it's already fully cooked like a spiral sliced ham.
Lynn C Owen
I have been to 4 grocery stores today. Nobody carries pineapple preserves. I'm going to use crushed pineapple as a last resort.
That is very surprising. My local Harris Teeter, Food Lion and Walmart all carry Smucker's pineapple preserves.
Stores vary by location and what sells in that area. Around KCMO, no two Walmarts carry the second things. They all carry the advertised sale items but other things vary.
As in every area of the country, yes.
The Pineapple ice cream topping works well.
Hi! I'm just getting into slow cooking, and there's just the 2 of us. Your glaze sounds delicious. If I were to do a thick ham slice instead, in my casserole crock, do you have any idea how long it would take to heat it? TIA!
That would change the cook time considerably, and there's really no way I could advise on that, sorry.