Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ with Recipe Video!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham is flavored with pineapple juice and a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an easy holiday dinner!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your holiday ham in the crock pot with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey...perfect for Christmas or Easter! | FiveHeartHome.com

Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday meal, oven space is at a prime because there are a ton of extra side dishes to cook, not to mention homemade rolls, desserts, etc. etc.? Well, it’s always nice to ensure that some of your dishes don’t rely on said oven, whether that’s because you can make them ahead of time, cook them on the stove, or — better yet — throw them in the crock pot. And as you may have already surmised, this ham recipe falls into the latter category…and it’s so mouth-watering-ly delicious, you may never want to cook your ham in the oven again!

Slow Cooker HamHere’s the thing about this recipe: it’s very forgiving. It can be adapted to just about any cut and any size of ham (provided you can fit it in the crock pot), boneless or bone-in, whole or spiral-sliced. But of course, all of those factors are going to dictate the ultimate cooking time.

So let’s talk ham. You want to start with a fully cooked ham, and this recipe will simply serve to heat and glaze it. The most standard ham at the grocery store will probably be cured but not smoked, though you can choose cured or uncured, plain or smoked…it’s just a matter of personal preference. (The ham in these photos was actually uncured, which is why it’s a lighter color than deep pink, cured ham.) And if your ham includes a flavor/glaze packet, or if it has a plastic cap over the end of the bone, be sure to discard those before cooking!

Crock Pot HamThe size of ham you buy obviously depends on how many people you are going to feed. You can go with a large ham for a big group, or I’ve halved this recipe and reduced the cooking time to use as small as a 2-pound petite ham half as an everyday, weeknight meal for my family (of two adults and three young children). I would recommend up to an 8-pound ham as the size that will most readily fit in a large (7-quart), oval crock pot, but of course, that also depends on the shape of the ham. If you put your ham in the crock pot and it extends in a way that the lid won’t fit snugly, you can either trim off a piece of your ham to make it fit, or use a triple layer of heavy-duty foil to cover the slow cooker with a tight seal (and then I’d still try to lay the lid on top). Just beware of hot steam when you remove the foil!

The FDA recommends reheating a fully-cooked ham to 140Β°F. A very small ham may reach that point in a slow cooker set to low within 2 to 3 hours, and a large ham should be to that temperature by 4 to 6 hours on low. Just keep in mind that each time you remove the crock pot’s lid, you may have to compensate for lost heat with a bit of additional cooking time.

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar HamAs with most cuts of meat, a bone-in ham is likelier to stay juicy, but boneless will work, too. And while a sprial-cut ham is convenient for serving and certainly adapts to this recipe, beware that it may dry out a bit faster than a whole, uncut ham. You can always baste all over the spiral slices a few times throughout the cooking process and/or slightly reduce the cooking time as compared to an unsliced ham to ensure a moist final product.

Okey-doke…that should pretty much cover the nitty gritty ham details. Now onto the yummy part of this recipe! I happen to think that the flavors of ham and pineapple are a match made in heaven, but if you don’t care for pineapple juice, you should be able to sub apple juice (or even orange juice) instead. After pouring the juice into the bottom of your slow cooker, you simply coat your entire ham with a paste made of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey. These ingredients melt down into the most tantalizing glaze, which you later thicken and serve drizzled over the top of the ham. The glaze is honestly my favorite part of this recipe…yum doesn’t even begin to describe it. Let’s just say I have eaten could eat it with a spoon.

Fully Cooked Ham in CrockpotUsing a slow cooker is truly the easiest, most delicious way to cook a ham, and I look forward to making it this way every time Easter and Christmas roll around. I also use this technique with a small ham for an effortless dinner throughout the year. This is a great recipe to have in your arsenal, and I hope you have a chance to try soon (*cough* like this Easter *cough*). πŸ˜‰ And I hope it’s a big hit if you do!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter or Christmas ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Easter Dinner from the Crock Pot!

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Easter Dinner from the Crock Pot!

Leave your holiday cooking to the crock pot with this quick & easy, sweet & savory Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham! Pineapple juice and a brown sugar rub featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey melt into an amazing glaze.


  • Fully-cooked ham, approximately 7 to 8-pounds (*see Tips & Tricks below)
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Remove ham from packaging and discard any flavoring packet. If using a bone-in ham, check end of bone for a plastic cap and, if present, discard.
  2. Pour pineapple juice in bottom of a large (7-quart), oval slow cooker.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey into a paste. Spread brown sugar mixture all over ham and place, flat side down, in slow cooker.
  4. Cover slow cooker with lid and set to low. Cook ham for 4 to 6 hours or until meat is tender and internal temperature reaches 140Β°F. If desired, flip and baste ham halfway through cooking time and again about an hour before ham is done.
  5. Once ham is done, remove to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Skim fat and strain juices from crock pot into a pot and place on the stove over medium heat. In a small bowl, use a fork to stir cornstarch into water to make a slurry. Slowly pour slurry into pot while whisking ham juices. Allow mixture to bubble and thicken for a minute or two, occasionally stirring. If you desire a thicker sauce, you may stir in a bit more cornstarch slurry. Do not add straight cornstarch to the hot liquid or it will clump, and do not over stir the sauce once the cornstarch has been added or it may not thicken appropriately.
  6. Serve ham warm with sauce on the side or drizzled on top. If you prefer an oven-cooked ham effect, you may also glaze entire ham with thickened sauce and pop it under the broiler for about 5 minutes (watch it closely!) before serving.


*You may use a bone-in ham (recommended) or boneless, whole or spiral cut, cured or uncured, smoked or not, shank, butt, or shoulder. *To determine number of servings, estimate approximately 1/2 pound of boneless ham per person and 3/4 pound of bone-in ham per person. *A ham that's less than 7 or 8 pounds will probably reach 140Β° sooner than 4 to 6 hours. The ham is already cooked, so all you are doing is heating it through to a safe temperature and allowing it to absorb the flavors of the glaze. For example, a small 3-pound ham will probably be done in 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Overcooking will lead to a tough, dry ham, even in the crock pot! You may also want to halve the other recipe ingredients if cooking a ham that's smaller than 4 pounds. *Try to ensure that your ham is going to fit in your crock pot before buying it. However, if your ham is particularly large or of a shape that will not allow the lid of the slow cooker to properly close, trim off a chunk of ham to make it fit. As a last resort, you may cover the slow cooker with a tightly-sealed, triple layer of heavy duty foil instead. Beware of hot steam when you remove the foil!

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Post originally published on April 4, 2014.

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  1. Debbie Caraballo says:

    I would just love to do this, as we’re definitely having ham. Your glaze recipe has ingredients that go great together. Only prob is, I don’t have a 7 qt oval…and have been wanting one for a long time! Hmmm….might be checking the ads this weekend! Lol…seriously, I love the recipe, and would be so much easier to cook this way. Thanks so much for sharing it.


    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I think you definitely deserve a new slow cooker this weekend, Deb…after all, the recipe said you have to have one! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, you can use a smaller or different shaped crock pot as long as the ham you buy will fit in it. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re going to try cooking your ham this way…I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using my oven after using this method! Hope you’re having a great week…

  2. I really like a sweeter tasting ham, so this might be a recipe that I want to try. Hope you have a great day!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Heidi! I like sweet ham as well because I think it’s a nice contrast to the salty meat. I feel like this recipe has a nice balance of flavors overall, and I hope you enjoy it if you try it. Thanks so much for stopping by…happy Friday!

  3. Your cooked ham looks yummy!

  4. Coming over from the link party at A Little Claireification — this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This sounds and looks amazing! It’s crazy isn’t it? Last year was the first time I did a ham in the crockpot…definitely a lightbulb moment…and a ‘WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO TRY THAT?’ Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. <3 to you for linking back too. =) Please come back again soon.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Marsha! I love making anything I can in the crock pot, and you are so right…it was a lightbulb moment for me as well when I figured out that I could cook a holiday main course in the slow cooker! πŸ˜‰ I so appreciate you stopping by and hosting Weekend Potluck each week…it’s one of my favorite link parties. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! πŸ™‚

  6. Genius idea to cook the ham in the crock pot! And your ham looks so delicious! Yum! πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Jocelyn! It was harder taking attractive photos of a ham than I thought it would be — ha! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by…hope your week is going well!

  7. Hurrah for you! This yummy dish is being featured at our Weekend Potluck party this week! Stop by when you can and check it out. As always, thanks a million for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I am honored by the feature, Marsha, and you are so sweet to stop by and let me know! I love, love, love partying with y’all each week. πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  8. michelle says:

    I made this today and it turn out wonderfully. I changed it a little bit by adding carrots and onions to the crock pot and they tasted really good too.

    The only thing that didn’t turn out was the final sauce. I must have done something wrong. It never thickened even though I added more cornstarch after the first amount didn’t work. Im guessing that it is either because I didn’t skim the fat off (I don’t know how) or because of the carrots and onions.

    Full disclosure: I just started cooking this winter. Before that I ate nothing but takeout and sandwiches so I’m not really an accomplished cook. I think I’m missing a few fundamentals. I really love my crockpot though because I can just put everything in and walk away.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Michelle! I’m really glad that you enjoyed this recipe, and I commend you for learning how to cook! Cooking is a fun but learn-as-you-go process, so things should get easier for you through experience and trail & error. πŸ™‚

      I think the most common reasons that cornstarch doesn’t thicken a sauce appropriately is that the liquid didn’t reach the correct temperature, or the sauce was stirred/agitated too much after the cornstarch was added/turned transparent in the sauce. I just tried to find a more scientific explanation for you real quick, so this probably explains it better than I ever could… πŸ˜‰


      Hope that helps, and keep trying! Even if a recipe doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time, you’ll eventually figure things out with lots of practice. πŸ™‚

  9. The ham turned out really well Samantha!

  10. This is such a great idea. I do have an odd question though. I have a mustard intolerance (meaning it makes me sick, like being lactose intolerant), would the recipe be terrible without it? Or do you know of some other spice that could replace it? Thanks.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Not an odd question at all, Brianna! I think you can totally leave the mustard out. It’s just going to alter the flavor a bit — there won’t be a mustard-y undertone so the glaze may seem sweeter and you may notice the balsamic vinegar a bit more — but I think it will still taste good. And you can always play with the proportions until it tastes the way you like it. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the ham and thanks again for the question. Have a great week!

      • I was also wondering about the mustard. Not really a fan of Dijon (or I buy the wrong brand) so I stay away from recipes with it. I have used dry mustard in recipes though – would that work and if so how much do you think? Making this for Thanksgiving – my kitchen will be full of crockpots!

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          Hi Nancy! If you’re not a fan of Dijon, I would probably just leave it out altogether. It should still turn out great. However, you could definitely use regular mustard (non-Dijon) or dry mustard if you wish, but I would probably just add it slowly to taste after you mix together the rest of the ingredients for the paste and stop when it’s mustard-y enough for you. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps, and hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! I think you are super smart to utilize all those crock pots… πŸ˜‰

          • Thanks! I’ll definitely taste first and go from there – hopefully I don’t blow any breakers :-). Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

          • I definitely needed more liquid to make the paste / didn’t think of that so instead of substituting regular mustard (dry was obviously not s choice) I remembered I had some Kraft honey mustard dipping sauce – used same amount and tasted great – what’s a little more honey going to hurt right? I’ll let you know how it turns out / in the crock now πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

          • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

            I’m so happy that you thought to try this with honey mustard, Nancy…sounds delicious! Thanks for reporting back with that suggestion. I hope the ham was a hit and that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

      • So tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I definitely don’t want to risk my life going to the grocery store I have already planned the ham in the Crockpot and want to try your glaze recipe…I have everything except balsamic vinegar πŸ™ I do have Apple cider vinegar..be honest, what do you think??

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          Gosh, Kim…I’m not sure how apple cider vinegar would taste in this. I don’t at all blame you for not wanting to go to the store, but I think apple cider vinegar might taste stronger/more acidic in this glaze than balsamic vinegar does. I think you could include a little bit, but I’m not sure I would use the full amount. This recipe would still turn out tasty if you decided to leave out the vinegar altogether, so that’s probably what I would do if I were out of balsamic. Hope everyone enjoys the ham and that y’all have a happy Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

  11. I was looking for recipes to cook my ham in my slow cooker so I could put the turkey in the oven. I will have lots of people here. I love the ingredients in your recipe but my ham doesn’t quite fit and the top sticks out just a little but enough to not be able to put the lid on. I saw another recipe that stated it your ham is too large just use tin foil to cover it. I really need to use the slow cooker because I only have one oven and a family where some want ham and the others turkey

    How do you think this would work?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Barbara! I’ve never tried using foil in lieu of a slow cooker lid to cook a very large piece of meat, but I have read and heard many times that it will work. Here’s a post I found that gives pretty good directions if you decide to try it: http://petticoatjunctionsmom.blogspot.com/2011/04/crockpot-cooking-ham.html
      I think the key is making sure that you’re using multiple layers of tightly-sealed foil and that the foil is tucked into the crock so that any condensation drips back down into the pot. It sounds like resting the lid on top of the foil (as long as it won’t fall off) might also help retain heat. Good luck and happy (almost) Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you for your response and the time you took to find that site. I am hoping the happiest of Thanksgiving for you and yours.


  12. Neva N. Cohen says:

    I’m going to fix your recipe for the employees where my husband is general manager. I just realized I am out of pineapple juice. Do you think it would taste ok if I substituted orange juice?
    I realize this is an older post. Thanks for advance!

    Neva Cohen

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Neva! I haven’t tried this recipe with orange juice but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work just fine. The flavor will be slightly different but it should still be yummy. Hope this ham is a hit with everyone! I’m sure the employees who work with your husband appreciate your kindness in cooking for them. πŸ™‚

  13. The Kraft honey mustard dipping sauce substitute worked great! I will cook hams this way forever! Thanks so much for sharing this crock pot recipe! It’s a keeper!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay! I’m thrilled that this recipe was a success for you, Nancy. πŸ™‚ Happy December!

  14. I made the ham last weekend for an early Christmas dinner and it was absolutely delicious! This is the only way I will ever make it again!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Simone…I love hearing that! Thanks for taking the time to come back and share that this recipe was a hit…hope you enjoy it for many years to come. Have a merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  15. I’m thinking about making this using the pineapple juice for the liquid and maple syrup for the glaze. We also butcher a turkey down into the legs and breasts and cook that in a crockpot, so moist!

  16. I’ll be cooking this ham in my crockpot for Christmas! We had our first turkey in crockpot for Thanksgiving. It was delish! I bought a small spiral ham for Christmas and been hunting a recipe! Think I just found it! I have the big crockpot, so should fit fine! Awesome, thanks for the awesome recipe! I’ll let you know how it turns out!!! Have a Merry Christmas!

  17. Suni Moore says:

    Thank you a bazillion!!!! This worked swimmingly! I wondered if it’d been done before and saw your page come up. The baste/glaze was perfect! I will never do ham in the oven again! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this ham, Suni! It’s so easy and tasty to cook it in the crock pot, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping back by to let me know that this recipe was a hit. I hope your Christmas was wonderful as well and that you have a fantastic New Year!

  18. I have a slow cooker, how long would you heat it on high? or low?…….I have a 7lb cooked ham……
    would appreciate an answer………….thanks

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Betty! A 7 pound ham should be the perfect size to cook in your slow cooker. If you scroll to the bottom of the post (but above the comments section), there is a very detailed recipe with cooking instructions. The ham should cook in your crock pot until it reaches an internal temperature of 140Β°F, which should take 4 to 6 hours on low. Hope that helps, but be sure to check the post and the recipe for lots more tips and tricks. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  19. Chris H. says:

    I’ve decided to try this for Easter this year (I’ve had my eye on it for quite awhile, lol!)… Found a boneless smoked ham that weighs in around 10 lbs. It will most definitely fit into my slow cooker, but seems to have a lot of fat, just by looking at it. Do you think I should “up” the glaze ingredients in order to cover correctly? I’m thinking maybe 1 1/2x the amounts you listed… And as for cooking time… I know that that’s anyone’s guess, lol! Thanks for a great idea, I’ll let you know how it works… But any tips or recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again! And Happy Easter to you and yours!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Chris! I’m so glad you’re going to give this ham a try. I think increasing the glaze by the amount you suggested sounds like a good idea. With a bigger ham, you’ll definitely want extra for serving…you can never have too much glaze! πŸ˜‰ And yes, the cooking time will vary based on how hot your slow cooker runs and the size/shape of your ham. I’d use a thermometer to be sure you reach the “safe” temperature. πŸ™‚ Good luck and I hope you have a very happy Easter!

  20. lindsay webb says:

    Thank you for giving cooking times for a small 3lb ham!! I have looked for so long and I only find 8 or 10lb.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re so welcome, Lindsay! I made a 3 pound ham using this recipe at Easter as well. πŸ™‚ Hope it turned out for you!

  21. We loved your recipe! However, next time we would like to try using the glaze packet that comes with our spiral sliced ham–we love the citrusy taste of the seasoning packet. It is a dry mixture. Any ideas on the best way to go about using it in the slow cooker?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Diane! So glad y’all enjoyed this ham. I don’t typically use those glaze packets so I’m not really familiar with what’s in them, but I imagine you could just stir it into the pineapple juice? Or, you could sub some of the pineapple juice for orange juice and perhaps get the same citrus-y effect? At any rate, I hope it turns out well if you give it a try! πŸ™‚

      • Walmart sells small cans of pineapple juice AND small cans of Pineapple/Orange juice in 6 packs. I use 3-4 cans in the crock pot depending on the size of the ham. I still use honey mustard instead of Dijon (yum) and last year after the fact I realized I made a measurement mistake! (tasted really good though). I meant to use 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon and accidentally forgot about the teaspoon and put 2 tablespoons of the honey, honey mustard, and balsamic vinegar. LOL – my save was everyone has a sweet tooth so they LOVED it. So if you like a little citrus – use the pineapple/orange juice instead πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving.

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          Great tips, Nancy! So glad this was a hit with your crew and thanks for sharing your modifications! πŸ™‚

  22. I love that you made this in the slow cooker!!

  23. Brown sugar ham is one of my favorite items at Easter dinner! Your version looks amazing.

  24. We really enjoy slow cooking our ham, it’s so much easier and frees up extra room in the oven for other baked goods.

  25. This looks absolutely fantastic!

  26. Such a stunning ham! It looks delicious!

  27. Love your variety of slow cooker recipes!

  28. This ham looks so flavorful and delicious! I love how easy it is to make in the slow cooker! Perfect for Easter!

  29. annmarie says:

    Hi there
    I cannot use corn starch. Would there be an alternative?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I have used arrowroot powder as a thickener in lieu of cornstarch, Annmarie, and the final sauce turns out pretty much the same. You may just have to experiment with the quantity required. Good luck and enjoy!

  30. I’ve never made the Thanksgiving ham before but I’ve decided to give it a shot this year. I bought a spiral-sliced 9lb. smoked ham from Walmart, I’m assuming this is pre-cooked and I only need to heat and glaze? Do you put the ham in the crockpot on its side or flat side down?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Miranda! A 9-pound ham should work just fine as long as it fits in your slow cooker. Per the post and recipe directions, the FDA recommends reheating a fully-cooked ham to 140Β°F for food safety purposes, and yes, you should place it flat side down. You will need to base your cooking time on the internal temperature of the ham rather than a certain number of hours, since you are cooking one that’s slightly larger than I tested for the recipe. Hope that helps and enjoy! πŸ™‚

  31. Hi Samantha- I’m thinking that this might be a great idea for the Christmas pot luck that our office holds each year. I suspect, thought, that it would be best served with the ham pre-sliced, so each slice can be plucked out of the pot. I gather, however, that will probably result in the driest results. How can I avoid this? Do you think it would be helpful to use some baking string and tie the ham tightly back together before cooking?

  32. Hi! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope it is the best one yet. I was searching the net for instructions on cooking a ham in a slow cooker and came across your site. Your ham looked so amazing that I just had to try your recipe! My 8 pound spiral ham is in the crock pot now and I can’t wait for it to be done. I did have to cut a bit off the top so the lid would fit, but no one will mind that I’m sure! I used fresh tangerine use instead of pineapple since that’s what I had in my fridge. I’ll let you know how that works. Thanks for giving me the confidence to try a ham in the crock.

  33. This sounds delish! I’m cutting the glaze in half since my ham is only 6 1/2 pounds. Also, my Handsome Husband doesn’t care for sweet + meat so I’m using 1 TBS of balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey to the 1 cup of brown sugar. It tasted amazing and I can’t wait to taste it! πŸ˜€ By the way, the balsamic vinegar/Dijon mustard combo is what caught my eye with your recipe. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  34. My picky family all gave this an A+. I didn’t have time for the crockpot so just heated it up presliced in the oven with the sauce. I’m excited to try it in the crockpot next time since I’m sure it will be even juicer!

  35. This is the second year I have made this ham recipe for our family’s Easter dinner and it is a crowd-pleaser! I forgot to bookmark the site last year so I spent the longest time looking for it this year because it is that good! Both years I bought my hams at Trader Joe’s after having a hard time finding one that was under 10 pounds. Thanks for a great recipe!

  36. I am so glai found your blog! Every year for Thanksgiving I cook a large turkey (20+ pounds) and a medium to large ham (8-15 pounds), with only one oven! Needless to say, I have been able to “science the crap out of this situation” and manage to get it done. But I think this year I will try cooking the ham in my big crock pot! I usually do the veggies in crock pots, so what’s one more? Thanks for the tips. πŸ™‚

  37. We made this recipe for our Christmas ham today. It was delicious! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Merry Christmas!

  38. Madeline Damiano says:

    Our oven went out just before Thanksgiving, and we have been struggling through the holidays without it. But we wanted to do a big Christmas dinner and have some friends over, despite the handicap. We did a small 4 lb precooked ham according to your directions. It couldn’t have been easier, and it was mouthwateringly perfect, a huge hit! We will make this again; thanks for the great recipe.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy this recipe helped you out this holiday season, Madeline…and that you all enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  39. This was my first attempt at using a slow cooker to make a ham and I am very pleased with how it turned out. I looked over several recipes online before deciding on this one. The ham with the added sauce is delicious! Thank you! I will use this again!

  40. JP Dywelska says:

    I use a lot of recipes via google and generally they turn out decent but this one was exceptional especially for a ham and with these easy every day ingredients. I used apple juice and a boneless ham and also use different the extra cornstarch for a thicker sauce and it was magnificent!!!! The balsamic is definitely the key ingredient I’d never generally use with a ham

  41. I’d like to do a smaller 5-6 lb.ham..Would I cut down the cooking time?

  42. This will be my second Easter (A Thanksgiving and two Christmas’) making this ham. My kids ask for this every time they see ham in the fridge!
    “Mom, are you going to make it like you did that one time yoy made the best ham ever?”
    Well, how could I say no to that? ☺

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      It makes me so happy to hear that this ham is a regular part of your holiday celebrations, Selena. It’s a tradition around here as well! πŸ™‚

  43. I loved this recipe! I cooked this for our first dinner as husband and wife!!! We just might make a tradition out of this!!


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