Slow Cooker Ham

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet:  if you like ham, you've got to try this oh-so-easy-but-incredibly-delicious-slow cooker ham.  It's perfect. And easy. And all you have to do is add three items to your slow cooker in the morning.


Yup, you've got this. 

(It's also gluten free . . . I'll be making it at our house this Easter for my mother-in-law and am so excited to have that part of the meal already planned!)

Slow Cooker Ham

Slow Cooker Ham


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Pineapple Juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar (divided)
  • 1 picnic ham (I used a 6.5 lb. Semi Boneless Cumberland Gap Ham ~ it just fit in my crockpot, so you probably want to watch to make sure you don't get one much larger than that.)


  1. Pour pineapple juice in the bottom of the crockpot (I just used the juices from a can of chopped pineapple).
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups brown sugar on top of the pineapple.
  3. Rub remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar over the ham.
  4. Place ham in fat side down.
  5. Cover and cook on low 8 hours. (You may baste it if you want to once during the day, but I left it alone.)
  6. Slice and serve ~ done!

Note: if the ham is just a bit too big for your crockpot, you can put the lid on and secure with aluminum foil. The ham will cook down throughout the day, and should fit nicely by dinnertime!

Here are the sale items you’ll want to watch for this week (1/31/13) to pinch those pennies on this meal:

If you've tried out a great slow cooker recipe I'd love the recipe. . . there are so many good ones, and since I'm planning to keep Mrs. Potts busy this month, I'd love to try out a few of your suggestions! Leave a comment HERE to share your tips.



Need a slow cooker to get started? Here are a few decent deals on Amazon:


Recipe adapted from Food.comThanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE


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  1. Sounds delicious! Do you expect ham prices to stay low until Easter?

    • I think they will go up and down… but am betting the lowest prices will be at Easter. (It makes a TON of ham…. for $13 you’d have enough ham for for at least 3-4 meals!)

      • Thanks for the info! There are only three of us, so I could freeze some leftovers for a quick meal on a busy day. Definitely making this next week! (My meals are already planned this week)

  2. What do you do with the other 1/2 cup brown sugar?

  3. doesn’t the brown sugar and pineapple juice carmelize on the bottom of the slow cooker – or does the ham basically steam in that yumminess?

  4. Think I might try this with orange juice since I always have it on hand (and already finished with my Easter dinner shopping). Thanks Laurie!

  5. I made this for Easter lunch & it was a huge hit! Thank you for the recipe & your wonderful blog 🙂

  6. Sharon Pond says

    Would I need to adjust anything (time, etc) if it is a spiral cut ham? Thanks. Cooking novice here…


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