This Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham with Pineapple cooks low and slow in the crock pot for incredible flavor. Our easy recipe makes the best holiday ham for Easter dinner, Christmas dinner or any special occasion!
Slow cooker pineapple brown sugar ham is an easy ham recipe that requires almost no prep, making it perfect for holidays or Sunday dinner!
One of the best things about this slow cooker ham recipe is it frees up valuable oven space. But the best thing about this easy recipe is that it gives you flavorful juicy ham with little effort!
We usually serve this crock pot ham at Easter and some spring and summer holidays, like Mother's Day or July 4th.
Crock Pot Cranberry Orange Ham is ideal for Christmas and winter holidays. But this is just a personal preference!
You only need 3 ingredients to make brown sugar ham with pineapple. You should be able to find them in the grocery store if you don't have them in your pantry.
- Spiral ham 5 pounds to 6 pounds-- look for a spiral cut ham -- a pre cooked ham cooks faster. I prefer a bone-in ham, but a boneless ham will work.
- Brown sugar -- either dark brown sugar or light brown sugar
- Pineapple -- I use crushed pineapple, but pineapple chunks or tidbits also work
You will also need a large slow cooker. I use a large 7 quart Crock Pot. Non stick spray is also good as it makes clean-up easier!
How to Make Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple
So, a lot of people wonder how to cook a pre cooked ham in the slow cooker. It's very, very easy!
First, give the sides and bottom of the slow cooker a quick spritz with non stick cooking spray. Then, place ham bottom side down in the slow cooker.
If the ham doesn't quite fit, you can trim a little bit off until the ham fits. Or, cover with aluminum foil under the lid to form a seal.
Next, pour the crushed pineapple over and around the ham. I like to open the spiral cut ham a little to allow pineapple to get in between the slices.
Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the ham. I like to pat the brown sugar firmly down so it forms a crust.
You can also pat the sugar into the sides of the ham, as well. As the ham cooks, it will form a delicious brown sugar glaze!
Cook the ham for 2 to 4 hours on low. Since this is a precooked ham, the cook time is short because you only need to warm it up to an internal temperature of 145 degrees f. Mine was done at 3 hours.
If you are in a hurry, cook the ham for 1 to 2 hours on high. Once the ham is hot, you can switch to the warm setting until you are ready to serve.
You can baste the ham with the pineapple juice during the cooking process or at the end, if you like.
Total cook time depends upon the size and brand of slow cooker.
How to Store and Reheat
Store any leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it'll last for 4 to 5 days.
If you have plenty of leftovers, try Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Ham, pineapple ham fried rice, or these recipes for leftover ham.
Be sure to save the bone for Instant Pot Ham and Lentil Soup!
Variations and Substitutions
There are a couple ways tp customize this brown sugar pineapple ham to your liking.
Instead of using canned crushed pineapple, use canned pineapple chunks or pineapple rings. You can also use fresh pineapple, if you have it.
For a little extra sweetness, add a tablespoon or 2 of honey or maple syrup to the ham glaze.
Baste the ham with some orange juice for a delicious tang that complements the sweetness of the pineapple mixture.
Best Side Dishes
Looking for the best side dishes for ham? We love cold dishes like potato salad, marshmallow fruit salad or strawberry jello salad for Easter ham.
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham with Pineapple
- 1 6 pound spiral cut ham fully cooked, bone in
- 20 ounce crushed pineapple
- 1 cup brown sugar
- Unwrap ham, and discard glaze packet if included. Place ham in slow cooker
- Pour crushed pineapple over and around the ham. Place some between slices, if desired
- Sprinkle brown sugar on top of ham. Pat it down on top of ham
- Place lid on top, and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until heated through and 145 degrees. Cook on high 2 to 3 hours if desired and switch to warm until ready to serve
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
This delicious crock pot pineapple ham is perfect for a holiday dinner, and the leftovers make an easy weeknight meal.
I hope you enjoy this flavorful ham with pineapple glaze as much as we do! Be sure to leave a star rating and/or comment!
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Making this for Easter again this year! Was a huge hit last year too!
Yummy! Had the family over for the weekend and wanted to spend time with them so tried this in the crock pot. Simple and boy did everyone love it. Will make this for the holidays from now on too!