This Crock Pot Ham Recipe with cranberry orange glaze is super easy to make in the slow cooker and is perfect for your holiday dinner!
If you're looking for an easy Christmas ham recipe, you're going to love this delicious cranberry orange Crock-Pot ham. You only need 4 ingredients, and your slow cooker can do all the work!
We always have Turkey for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas, it's all about the ham. I used to bake our holiday ham, but a couple of years ago, I started making it slow cooker, and it was so incredibly good and completely fuss free!
This easy Crock Pot ham recipe has a glaze made with jellied cranberry sauce and orange marmalade, so it's perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving. But hey, you can make it anytime!
Why Make Holiday Ham in the Slow Cooker?
Cooking ham in the Crock Pot frees up valuable oven space, which you can use for all those yummy holiday side dish recipes. It also won't heat up your kitchen, which is a plus if you're like me and live in a warm climate!
Like most meals made in the slow cooker, ham also super easy to prepare, which makes it perfect for any holiday dinner. Even though I love to cook, I'd rather be spending this time with the family!
How to Make Glazed Ham in the Crock Pot
First, add a little bit of olive oil to the slow cooker or spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray. Then, place your ham in the Crock Pot, cut side up.
Next, stir a can of jellied cranberry sauce with a cup of orange marmalade, and spread it over the ham. Add some water or orange juice, and let the Crock-Pot do the work!
The tartness of the cranberries combined with the sweetness of the orange marmalade makes an incredibly flavorful sauce that's slightly tangy and not too sweet. And, it pairs very well with the ham.
Have an Instant Pot? You can make this delicious Instant Pot Ham in your electric pressure cooker!
How Long to Heat a Fully Cooked Ham in the Crock Pot
Since the ham is already cooked, you just need to warm it up until the temperature reaches 140 degrees. You don't want to cook the ham so long that it dries out!
An 8 pound cooked spiral cut ham takes about 4 to 5 hours on low to cook in the Crock Pot. You can also cook it on high for about 3 hours -- just keep an eye on it!
A small precooked uncut boneless ham cooks even faster -- anywhere from 2 to 4 hours on low. I've used this recipe for both bone-in and boneless hams with great results.
I do like the bone-in spiral cut hams because they're super easy to serve. And, you can use the bone to make ham and lentil soup!
Cranberry Orange Crock Pot Ham Recipe
Crock Pot Ham Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray
- 1 8 pound spiral ham
- ½ cup orange marmalade (try to find all natural, if possible)
- 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
- ½ cup water or orange juice
- Add olive oil to bottom of large slow cooker
- Place ham in slow cooker
- Pour cranberry sauce, marmalade and water over ham
- Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until warm, with temperature of at least 140 degrees. Optional -- cook on high for about 3 hours or until done.
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Recipe and pictures have been updated as of 11/2019
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