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spiral sliced ham with pineapple sauce drizzled over it

Crockpot Ham with Pineapple Sauce

If you need your oven for other purposes, our Crockpot Ham is here to save the day. Serve with our 5-ingredient Pineapple Sauce for an impressive yet easy meal.

Yield: 14-16 servings 1x
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 3 hoursTotal: 3 hours and 5 minutes


Crockpot Ham:

  • 1 (7-8 pound) spiral-sliced, bone-in half ham (fully cooked)*
  • 1 cup water

Pineapple Sauce**: 

  • 1 cup 100% pineapple juice (or the juice from a 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

*The hams I tested had a brining solution in them that included salt and sugar, like most store-bought hams do. Note: A ham bigger than 9 lbs will likely not fit in a 6-quart slow cooker.

**Feel free to double the sauce if serving a large group. As written, it allows for at least 1.5 tablespoons per serving.

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Make It Now:

  1. Slow Cook the Ham: Place ham cut side down into slow cooker. Add 1 cup water, cover, and cook on LOW until ham registers 135°F, about 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours. Note: Every crock pot is different, so start checking internal temp at 2 hours and then check every 15-20 minutes. It’s imperative to not overcook the ham.
  2. Let It Rest: Use two forks or tongs to transfer ham cut-side down to wooden cutting board, cover with foil, and let rest for 10-20 minutes. While it rests, make the sauce, if desired.
  3. Make the Sauce: Bring pineapple juice, honey, Dijon, and butter to a boil in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Add that mixture to the sauce and whisk until thickened, another 1 minute. Transfer to a gravy boat or serving dish.
  4. Carve and Serve: Slide a thin-bladed knife around the center ham bone to release the slices. Make a knife cut starting at the center bone and cut towards the outer surface of the ham allowing slices to fall away. Remove chunks of ham, slice, and lay them out on a serving platter. Serve with the Pineapple Sauce on the side to drizzle over pieces of ham. 

Freeze For Later: You can freeze leftovers of this recipe for sandwiches or to use in other recipes. Once the ham has been fully cooked, cooled, and sliced off the bone, place the slices in a freezer bag. Squeeze out any excess air and freeze. 

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the ham completely in the refrigerator or using the cold water method. Enjoy it cold or warm slightly in the oven or microwave, being very careful not to overcook it.


© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Slow Cooker