This Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe has a spiced brown sugar glaze and is covered with pineapple slices while it cooks. It’s the best and easiest way to make your holiday ham!

This recipe costs $14.46 to make. It serves ten and costs $1.44 per serving.  

I like to serve these Soft Homemade Dinner Rolls, these Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and this Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette for a complete meal.

The finished Slow Cooker Spiral Ham on a white platter.

During the holidays, anything that can be simplified is life-saving. This recipe requires minimal effort to simplify life in the kitchen.

It takes five ingredients and twenty minutes to prepare. Then you set it and forget it! 

The crockpot makes this ham so tender, flavorful and frees up your oven space. Brown sugar and pineapple combine to create a lovely ham perfect for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and even a Sunday family dinner. 

The finished Crockpot Spiral Ham with pineapple slices all over it.

Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $1.44

Recipe Cost: $14.46

  • 7 pound spiral ham – $11.76
  • 1 cup light brown sugar – $0.48
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter – $0.40
  • 20 oz can pineapple slices – $1.68
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves – $0.14

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

All of the ingredients needed to make this Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe.

Instructions

  1. First, spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Then set the ham into the crockpot. 
  2. Next, make the glaze using a small saucepan. Melt the butter and then remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar. 
  3. Add in ground cloves and stir. 
  4. Cover the ham with the glaze, gently rubbing it into the ham. 
  5. Secure pineapple slices on top of the ham with toothpicks. Pour the pineapple juice over the ham. 
  6. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the ham is 145 degrees F. 
  7. Finally, baste the ham with juice and let it sit for ten minutes before cutting.

A picture collage showing how to make Crockpot Spiral Ham.

What to serve with ham?

For some ham dinner ideas, I like to round out my meal with veggies, potatoes, bread, and something sweet. Below are my favorite sides for serving with this Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe.

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep the ham our for about two hours before it needs to be covered ad refrigerated.

STORE: Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days. 

FREEZE: Place slices of ham on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, about 1 hours. Then, place the frozen ham pieces in a freezer-safe container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to two months.

THAW: Thaw spiral ham pieces overnight in the refrigerator or for about 2-3 hours at room temperature.

REHEAT: If you just need to reheat a few pieces, then reheat them in the microwave. If you have most of the ham to reheat, then preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Place the ham on a baking sheet and cover it with foil and heat until warmed.

 COOK’S TOOLS

  • Slow cooker
  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • baster

Recipe FAQs

How long does it take to cook a pre-cooked spiral ham?

Ham should cook to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. This will take about 3-4 hours for a 6-8 pound ham. Be sure not to overcook it as the ham will become tough instead of tender and juicy.

How much ham per person?

I typically plan for about ¾ of a pound to one pound per person. This ensures that everyone gets enough, and I have some ham for leftovers. I like to make Hawaiian Fried Rice, Slow Cooker Ham Chowder, and this Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche with leftovers.

How do you reheat spiral sliced ham?

If you are reheating a large amount of ham, it is best to reheat it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and cover the ham with foil. Bake it until it reaches 140 degrees. If you have smaller pieces of ham, you can warm it up in the microwave for 30-second increments until the desired temperature is reached.

What if my ham doesn’t fit in my crockpot?

There’s an easy fix! Cover the crockpot tightly with heavy-duty foil (regular foil will do as well), and then place the lid on top. You’re basically using the lid at this point to weigh the foil down.

The finished Spiral Ham in a Crockpot.

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The finished Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe on a white serving platter.
3.47 from 13 votes

Crockpot Sprial Ham

Recipe Cost $ $14.46
Serving Cost $ $1.44
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
10 people
This Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe has a spiced brown sugar glaze and is covered with pineapple slices while it cooks.

Equipment

  • slow cooker
  • small saucepan
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • wooden mixing spoon
  • baster

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6-8 pound spiral ham or the size that will fit into your Crockpot

FOR THE GLAZE:

Instructions

PREP CROCKPOT & PLACE HAM:

  • Coat the inside of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place ham, cut side down into the crockpot.

MAKE HAM GLAZE:

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in brown sugar until well combined and a paste forms.
  • Sprinkle in ground cloves and stir to combine.

GLAZE AND PREP HAM:

  • Cover ham with glaze and gently rub the mixture into the ham.
  • Add pineapple slices on top of the ham and secure them with toothpicks.
  • Pour the reserved pineapple juice over the ham.

COOK HAM:

  • Add lid to crock pot if possible, if the lid doesn’t fit, cover the crockpot tightly with foil.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

TO FINISH:

  • Baste the ham with juice and let it set for 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 2251mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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A spiral Ham made in the Crockpot.

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5 Comments

  1. Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    Oh wow, this looks so delicious. My family is going to devour it!

  2. Elaine Benoit says:

    I can’t wait to make this recipe this year for the holidays. I usually make a different type of ham but I don’t want to cut it – so spiral all the way. It looks so good and I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

  3. We love doing ham in the slow cooker. Perfectly cooked every time.

  4. Oh! I’m so happy I found this recipe for the upcoming holidays!

  5. Tawnie Kroll says:

    This was so easy in the crockpot and the pineapple gave it such a delicious flavor – thank you!