Yay for Crock Pot Ham! Moist, tender, and bursting with flavor! This slow cooker spiral ham dish is my most requested recipe when friends visit for the holidays!
Crock pot ham is a major winner in our home. I don’t typically go nuts for ham, but I will eat this ham until I burst! Make sure you cook enough for leftovers because this makes the most amazing ham sandwiches ever. Serve it with sweet potato casserole, a pile of roasted red potatoes, & crispy broccoli.
Crock Pot Ham
Crock Pot Ham
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Crock Pot Ham Ingredients
- Spiral Cut Ham – We use bone in, and make sure you choose a pre-cooked ham. Typically spiral cuts always are, but it doesn’t hurt to double check the package!
- Honey – Whatever type of honey tickles your fancy is just fine for this recipe. I love picking up different local honeys when we travel!
- Dijon Mustard – Get the whole grain dijon mustard, I find it is more flavorful and also gives a beautiful look to the sauce.
- Worcestershire Sauce – The video says soy sauce – ignore that! Unless you’re totally out of Worcestershire, in which case, it can be subbed in a pinch. But ideally you want to use Worcestershire.
- Garlic – I like fresh garlic for this slow cooker ham recipe, as it will provide the most robust flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand, pre-minced garlic from a jar is okay.
- Seasoned Salt – My personal favorite seasoned salt is Lawry’s brand – if you have a different one you love, let me know in the comments!
- Optional Garnish – We love to finish the ham with chopped parsley for both the bright flavor and color. Green onion or chives would be delicious as well.
How Do You Make Ham in a Crock Pot
⭐ First, whisk together all ingredients except ham – or if you prefer a smooth glaze, pulse in the blender to desired consistency.
⭐ Next, place ham in crock pot, and slowly pour glaze over ham, making sure to get some between each spiral slice. Lift ham to get glaze underneath as well.
⭐ Then, cook on low until heated through.
⭐ Finally, serve ham with chopped parsley, and additional glaze spooned over top.
How Do You Cook a Spiral Ham Without Drying It Out?
The key to keeping a spiral ham moist when you cook it is to make sure there is plenty of liquid in the cooking vessel and to keep it sealed. You want only want to reheat the ham, as a spiral ham is already cooked through, and doing so with steam is the best way to keep it moist and delicious.
In this crock pot ham recipe, the honey garlic glaze in the lidded slow cooker creates the perfect environment for a spectacularly moist and delicious result.
Can I Put Frozen Ham in the Crock Pot?
I know many folks swear by putting frozen meat in the slow cooker, but we (along with the USDA and the makers of slow cookers) do not suggest cooking frozen meat in the crock pot as otherwise it will be in the “danger zone” for too long.
The danger zone is the temperature at which meat and other food is at risk of growing dangerous and harmful bacteria. Food should never be in the danger zone in excess of two hours.
How to Reheat Leftover Crock Pot Ham?
Leftover ham is best reheated in the microwave to avoid drying it out. Spoon drippings over top, then microwave in 30 second increments until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Warm Up a Precooked Ham?
Most spiral cut hams are precooked, so when you prepare one you are actually only warming it up. We love using the crock pot slow cooker to warm up precooked ham as it is the perfect way to keep the ham from drying out while also adding tons of flavor.
Precooked hams can also be warmed up in the oven or microwave. The best way to do this is with steam as opposed to dry heat.
How Do I Cook a Frozen Ham?
The best way to cook a frozen ham is by thawing it first. If you need to thaw a frozen ham quickly, submerge it in cool water and drain/refill the water about every 15 minutes until the ham is fully thawed.
Can You Eat a Ham That Has Been Frozen For Two Years?
You can eat a ham that has been frozen for two years if it has been frozen at a constant 0 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to note, however, that the quality of the meat will begin to deteriorate after a few months of being frozen.
How Long To Cook a Ham?
Since we’re only heating up a precooked ham when preparing spiral cut ham recipes, it’s important not to overcook and dry out the meat.
Our crockpot ham is generally done between two and four hours, this will depend on the size and shape of your ham.
How Much Ham Per Person?
An 8 pound ham can feed 9 to 10 people (you’ll want to estimate about 3/4 pound per person for a bone-in ham and 1/2 pound for boneless).
Tips for Crock Pot Ham
- Make sure you’re purchasing a ham that will fit in your crock pot or slow cooker. My favorite is a basic 7 quart oval crock pot.
- If you purchase a ham that is too big for the crock pot, trim it down with a knife and place the extra ham pieces around the sides of the large ham.
- For maximum flavor and moistness, get the glaze in between the ham slices before cooking. You can use a spoon, ladle, or even a basting brush for this.
- If the drippings are too thin for your taste after the ham is cooked, reduce them using a low simmer on the stove top before pouring back over the ham.
What to Serve with Crock Pot Ham
Don’t forget a batch of quick dinner rolls (or our famous pumpkin biscuits!), with whipped butter, and of course it’s not a holiday without cranberry sauce and a slice of pecan pie, apple bundt cake, or caramel cheesecake!
What to Do with Leftover Ham
Other Holiday Main Dish Ideas
More Awesome Pork Recipes
- Fall Off the Bone Ribs
- Easy Baked Pork Chops
- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe
- Pork Tacos
- Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash
- Ham Breakfast Bake
More Delicious Crock Pot Recipes
- BBQ Pulled Pork
- Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef
- Crock Pot Chili
- Seafood Chowder
- Apple Butter
- Potato Soup
- Garlic press – Need fresh minced or sliced garlic, but don’t want to peel or chop your garlic? This garlic press is the bessssssst. We’ve had ours for as long as I can remember (maybe a wedding present?), and I use it several times a week!
- Stick blender – Possibly the most used gadget in my entire kitchen. The key to making a hand blender useful versus a giant pain in the butt is to rinse it immediately after using. That way you’re never trying to get crusty dried goop out from under the blades.
- Crock Pot slow cooker – I love love love this basic 7 quart slow cooker. It’s just a touch bigger than the standard ones and at a perfect price point for every kitchen.
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How to Make Crock Pot Ham
Crock Pot Ham
- 9-10 pound precooked spiral cut ham bone in
- 2 cups honey
- 1 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- Whisk together all ingredients except ham. (Or blend if you prefer a smooth glaze).
- Place ham in crock pot. Slowly pour glaze over ham, making sure to get some between each spiral slice. Lift ham to get glaze underneath as well.
- Cook on low for 2 - 4 hours, until heated through.
INSTANT POT VARIATION:
- You will need either an 8 quart instant pot or smaller ham (4 - 6 pounds).
- Pour 1.5 cups water (in 8 quart) or 1 cup water (in 6 quart) in the inner liner of the pot. Place a cake pan (or create a foil bowl) on top of the trivet.
- Slowly pour glaze over ham, making sure to get some between each spiral slice. Lift ham to get glaze underneath as well.
- Cook on manual (high pressure) for 1.5 minutes per pound, then allow a natural pressure release for 12 minutes.
Finish your holiday dinner with the perfect pumpkin cheesecake dessert!
Crock Pot Ham
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How long does it take to heat a ham in a crock pot.
It takes between 2 - 4 hours to heat a spiral ham in a crock pot. Spiral hams are pre-cooked so be careful not to heat for too long or the ham will dry out.
How do you keep a spiral ham moist?
The best way to keep a spiral ham moist when heating it is to use a sauce or glaze and cook it covered.
Can you heat a precooked ham in a crock pot?
Yes, you can heat a precooked ham in a crock pot. Add the ham to the crock pot along with at least a cup of liquid. Heat for 2 - 4 hours on low, or 1 - 3 hours on high.