Crock Pot Ham – Num’s the Word

Pre cooked ham in crockpot recipe

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Making a C rock Pot ham doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. In fact, I’m going to show you how easy it is to make this pineapple ham with brown clay pot sugar! Follow the step-by-step instructions and tips to choose the best ham for your family!

main image of clay pot ham

Is spirally cut ham always

precooked? A spirally cut ham

is usually cooked, but not always, so be sure to check it. If the ham has been pre-cooked, it will have a “precooked” label somewhere on the packaging.

Precooked hams can come in both boneless and bone-in styles. Bone-in hams tend to taste better, because the bone itself adds extra flavor and moisture to the dish. However, some find it more difficult to cut a ham without slices and prefer to buy a sliced ham.

This is where spiral cutting comes in! This cut is when a bone-in ham is cut into a continuous spiral. These cuts are usually made by a machine at the processing plant or by a butcher, although you can choose to cut it yourself if you know how.

For this recipe for ham with brown sugar, however, I chose a boneless spiral cut ham.

cold ham in clay pot ready to dress and cook

Do you have to cook a precooked ham?

Nope. In fact, most ham sold in the United States is precooked or smoked before being sold. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a leftover cold ham sandwich? However, if you want your precooked ham to have that pineapple ham glaze, then you definitely want to cook it!

Most large hams are cooked again once they are taken home with a lovely crust or frosting added. Don’t worry, cooking a precooked ham won’t dry it out. All you’re doing is adding flavor to a simple-tasting meat.

Precooked vs


Buying a raw ham is not very common. But in case you find one and buy it, you’ll want to cook it until the internal temperature of a digital thermometer reaches 165*F. Once that temperature is reached, your ham is fully cooked and ready to be enjoyed! Just remember to include a delicious ham icing like this recipe before cooking the ham.

If you’re cooking a precooked ham with a frosting, you’ll want to heat it until the internal temperature reaches 145*F. Once your ham reaches that temperature, your frosting should be perfect and the ham tasty!

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Raw hams should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 ̊ Fahrenheit


brown sugar spread throughout the ham

What kind of ham should I buy?

There are 5 options when buying a ham.

The particular brand and package of seasoning or icing that comes with the ham are not important as we are making our own frosting. However, you need to decide between the following options:

Boneless ham

  • – A boneless ham literally means that there is no bone in the center of your ham. Boneless hams are easier to cut and slice, as you don’t have to work around a large bone. These come in slices or without slices. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • Bone in ham – A bone in ham

  • will have a large bone in the middle of your ham. A ham cooked with bone tends to be tastier.
  • Sliced ham – A sliced ham is usually boneless and the slices are thicker than a spirally cut ham. Because it is prelique, it makes serving very easy with equally cut pieces of ham.
  • Spirally sliced ham – Traditionally, a spirally cut ham has a bone in the center. Because it cannot be cut through the bone, a machine in the processing plant will cut all the way around the bone in a spiral pattern, leaving the bone intact. These slices are a little thinner than a sliced ham, but that means you only need two pieces of ham instead of one!
  • Uncut ham – An uncut ham is literally just a big piece of meat. If you’ve ever seen photos of a ham marked, with a diamond pattern, that ham started out as if without slices. If you choose not to buy a sliced ham, you can do so and make your own cuts in the ham so that your maple syrup ham glaze can seep into the cracks and flavor the inside of your ham.

Pro tips:

  • The bone itself is great to save for this ham and vegetable soup later! A bone in ham can be found in spirally sliced and unsliced varieties. Choose your favorite and enjoy!

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/> How to make an easy brown sugar glaze

for ham? To make your ham icing

easy, let’s break down every ingredient you’ll need!

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Spiral Cut Ham

  • – For this recipe I have chosen a bone in spiral cut ham.
  • Brown sugar – The molasses found in brown sugar will help add not only sweetness to your ham but also flavor! Do not substitute white sugar for brown sugar.
  • Pure maple syrup

  • – There are two types of maple syrup in this world. Real things and fake things. For this recipe you want to use 100% REAL maple syrup.
  • Pineapple juice

  • Save time and use canned pineapple juice. You already have a lot to do in your kitchen, no need to squeeze a fresh pineapple!

Pro Tips:

  • I personally like the ease of not having to cut my own ham and the beauty of perfectly cut portions! You will need 1/4 – 1/3 pound per person for a boneless ham and 1/3 – 1/2 pound per person for a bone in ham.
  • Imitation maple syrup

  • is made with a base of corn syrup and maple extract aroma. Because we’ve added the brown sugar, we don’t need the added corn syrup. So stick with the real stuff!

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How to cook a fully cooked ham in a cooking pot? Cooking

the BEST spiral ham in a clay pot is easy. So easy that it’s hard to spoil this recipe! Trust me, this is the perfect recipe for a first-time cook!

  1. Open your ham and throw away any packets of seasonings or icings, as well as any juice. You don’t need to clean your ham. Simply place your ham in a clay pot.
  2. Wash your hands and rub brown sugar all over the ham. Don’t skimp. Make sure the pig is pretty and covered!
  3. Pour your maple syrup and pineapple juice over the top of your ham.
  4. Put on the lid and walk away! Once every hour, spread your ham with the delicious icing at the bottom of the clay pot.
  5. Cook for 3 – 4 hours over low heat. When the internal temperature of the ham reaches 145°F, your ham is ready to eat!
  6. If you want to create a thicker frosting for your final ham, pour the ham juices into a pot and place it on the stove.
  7. In a small bowl combine 2 teaspoons of water and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. (OPTIONAL). Add to hot juices and stir. Your mixture should thicken slightly. If it is not thick enough, repeat the water and suspension of cornstarch. When ready to serve, remove from the stove and place a spoon over the top of your ham.
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Pro tips:

  • If you don’t have a baster, use a long-handled spoon. Pour the delicious juice over your ham, making sure to get into the slices if possible.
  • If your lid does not fit, then do not panic. Simply take some aluminum foil and wrap it over your ham creating your own lid.
  • Just keep in mind that when you remove the foil, wear a baking glove

  • and open it away from your face, as hot steam may come out.
  • After spreading, fold the aluminum foil down over the clay pot – remember that the clay pot WILL be hot, so wear a baking glove or gloves!

ham baked in clay pot, enlarged in image

What size ham should I buy for this crockpot ham recipe?

  • Bone In Ham: It is recommended to buy a serving of 1/3 – 1/2 pound. This is to cover the weight of the bone. 8 People – 2 1/2 – 4 pounds bone in ham 12 People – 4 – 6 pounds bone in ham 16 People – 5 1/2 – 8 pounds bone in ham Boneless ham: It is recommended to buy 1/4 – 1/3 pound of ham per serving for a boneless ham. 8 People – 2 – 2 1/2 pounds boneless ham 12 People – 3 – 4 pounds boneless ham
    • 16 people – 4 – 5 1/2 pounds
    • boneless ham

    • .

Pro tip: Buy an extra 1/3 – 1/2 pound per person so you have leftovers!

sliced ham on a tray with a

What side dishes to serve with ham?

  • Crock Pot Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows Casserole
  • of green beans with bacon
  • Orange
  • cranberry sauce

  • Blueberry fluff
  • broccoli
  • casserole


ham recipes: Ham and cheese sandwich Ham biscuits Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

  • Ham

  • Dip
  • Ham

  • Spread
  • Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
  • Ham & Potato Soup

sliced ham stacked on a platter

This brown sugar ham has become a favorite recipe of the family! Try it this year for Thanksgiving, Easter Christmas and you’ll see why it’s being requested!

Originally published: April 7, 2014 Photos

and text Updated: November 6, 2019 Photos

updated: 8/10/22

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