Slow Cooker Ham

When I was growing up, one of my favorite meals was my mother’s baked ham. I still love the flavor of ham, but also love the simplicity and ease of cooking it in a crock pot. This 2-ingredient dish has all the flavor without the work. Crock pot ham is juicy and delicious with a no-fuss recipe that’s perfect for holiday meals or special occasions. The only ingredients you need are brown sugar and a bone-in picnic ham.

An 8 lb ham should cook on low for six to eight hours. If you have a smaller ham (4-5 pounds) you can reduce the cooking time to about four hours. The internal temperature should read at least 145 degrees F before serving. If using a spiral-cut ham, cut the cooking time by about half, as a spiral cut will dry out faster. You may have to trim the ham to fit your slow cooker. If your ham is really too large, cut in half and cook twice.


Slow Cooker Ham

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot, crock pot ham, ham dinner, holiday ham, holiday meal, holidays main course, slow cooker, slow cooker ham
Servings 24


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 8 lb bone-in picnic ham
  • 6 oz optional can of crush pineapple with pineapple juice


  • Cover bottom of slow cooker with 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • Add ham with the flat side facing down on sugar
  • Optional pour crushed pineapple with juice over ham
  • Spread the rest of the brown sugar over top of ham
  • Cover, and cook on Low for 8 hours

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “Slow Cooker Ham”

  1. Carol, that looks SO good! I haven’t made a ham in quite a few years, now I’m craving one!

  2. I love ham cooked in the slow cooker. I always do one in the run up to Christmas and we use it for sandwiches. My mouth is watering just thinking about this. Yum, yum.

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