Easy Slow Cooker Ham

With just 4 ingredients and a slow cooker, you can have a juicy and flavorful ham that will impress your guests. The brown sugar adds sweetness while the lemon and lime soda and the pineapple provide some tangy and refreshing flavors. Plus, cooking the ham in a crockpot ensures that it stays moist. Such a simple and easy recipe, too.

Are you looking for a delicious and easy way to prepare ham for a family dinner or holiday meal? Look no further than this easy Pineapple and Sprite Crockpot Ham recipe!

It’s crazy good and has only 4 ingredients! This recipe is so simple but yields amazing results. The brown sugar adds a nice sweetness to the ham, while the pineapple and Sprite provide a tangy and refreshing flavor. Plus, cooking the ham in a crockpot ensures that it stays moist and juicy.

If you’re looking for an easy and tasty way to prepare ham for your next meal, give this Pineapple and Sprite Crockpot Ham recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you!

WHICH IS THE BEST TYPE OF HAM TO COOK IN THE SLOW COOKER?

The best type of ham to use in a slow cooker is a fully cooked, bone-in ham that has not been sliced. This type of ham is also known as a “ham roast” or a “ham shank” and can be found in most grocery stores. It’s important to choose a ham that is labeled as “precooked” or “ready-to-eat” so that it doesn’t need to be fully cooked in the slow cooker.

Bone-in hams are preferred because they tend to have more flavor and moisture than boneless hams. The bone also helps to distribute heat more evenly, resulting in a more evenly cooked ham.

Having said that, a spiral ham is also great to cook in the slow cooker because it cuts the cooking time to almost half depending on its size. It’s also convenient because you don’t need to make much effort in cutting or slicing the ham as it’s all done for you.

It’s also recommended to choose a ham that is not overly processed or injected with too much water or additives. A more natural ham will have a better texture and flavor when slow-cooked in the crockpot.

Overall, a fully cooked bone-in ham that is labeled as “precooked” or “ready-to-eat” and is minimally processed is the best type of ham to use in a slow cooker.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COOK A PRECOOKED HAM IN THE SLOW COOKER?

Cooking precooked ham in a slow cooker is an easy and convenient way to have a delicious meal. A precooked ham has already been cooked and cured, so all you need to do is reheat it. Here’s how long it takes to cook precooked ham in a crockpot:

  • For a small ham (4-6 pounds): Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • For a medium ham (7-9 pounds): Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • For a large ham (10-14 pounds): Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

It’s important to note that the cooking time may vary depending on the size of your ham and the temperature of your slow cooker. To ensure that your ham is fully heated through, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The ham should reach a temperature of 145°F.

HOW DO YOU REHEAT HAM IN THE SLOW COOKER WITHOUT DRYING IT OUT?

Reheating ham in a slow cooker is a great way to ensure that it stays juicy and flavorful. However, it’s important to follow a few key tips to prevent it from drying out. Here’s how to reheat ham in a slow cooker without drying it out:

  1. Choose the right size ham for your slow cooker. Make sure that there is enough room around the ham for the heat to circulate properly.
  2. Add liquid to the slow cooker. To keep the ham moist, add a cup or two of liquid to the bottom of the slow cooker. This could be water, broth, juice, or even beer or wine. The liquid will create steam that will help keep the ham moist.
  3. Cover the ham. Use the lid of the slow cooker to cover the ham. This will help trap the moisture and heat inside the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low heat. Cooking on low heat is the best way to prevent the ham from drying out. For a small ham, cook on low for 4-6 hours. For a larger ham, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Baste the ham. Do it halfway through cooking. This will help keep the ham moist and distribute the flavors evenly.
  6. Check the internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ham. The ham should reach a temperature of 145°F.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your reheated ham stays juicy and flavorful. Plus, using a slow cooker is a convenient way to reheat your ham while keeping it moist and delicious.

DO I NEED TO LET THE HAM REST?

Yes, it’s a good idea to let the ham rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute within the ham, resulting in a more moist and flavorful end result.

After you remove the ham from the slow cooker, transfer it to a cutting board and tent it loosely with foil to keep it warm. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

During this resting period, you can use the liquid in the slow cooker to make a flavorful gravy or sauce to serve with the ham. Just strain the liquid into a saucepan, and simmer it over medium heat until it reduces and thickens slightly. You can also add a few herbs, spices, or other seasonings to customize the flavor of the sauce.

Overall, letting the ham rest is a simple step that can greatly enhance the texture and flavor of your dish. So be patient, and enjoy the delicious results!

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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR EASY SLOW COOKER HAM?

  • 1 fully cooked ham (6-8 pounds)
  • 1 can of pineapple slices (20 ounces), with juice
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

HOW DO YOU MAKE EASY SLOW COOKER HAM?

  1. Place the ham flat side down in a 6-quart slow cooker. If your ham doesn’t fit simply trim on top.
  2. Pour the Sprite and juice from the canned pineapple.
  3. Scatter half of the brown sugar all over the ham making sure to coat it evenly.
  4. Place the pineapple slices on top of the ham, securing them with toothpicks if necessary. I use about half of the slices in the can and the rest for garnish but you can add all to the ham if you like.
  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours until the ham is heated through and tender. If using spiral ham and depending on the size, about 3-4 hours should be good as it reheats quicker than uncut ham. Baste the ham halfway through. During the last 30 minutes of cooking sprinkle the remaining sugar. The ham is fully heated when the internal temperature reaches about 145 F.

That’s it! This recipe is so simple but yields amazing results. The brown sugar adds a nice sweetness to the ham, while the pineapple and Sprite provide a tangy and refreshing flavor. Plus, cooking the ham in a crockpot ensures that it stays moist and juicy.

If you have any leftovers, you can use them to make delicious ham sandwiches or incorporate them into other recipes like omelets, casseroles, or salads. The possibilities are endless!

Hope you enjoy this!

Easy Slow Cooker Ham

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With just 4 ingredients and a slow cooker, you can have a juicy and flavorful ham that will impress your guests. The brown sugar adds sweetness while the lemon and lime soda and the pineapple provide some tangy and refreshing flavors. Plus, cooking the ham in a crockpot ensures that it stays moist. Such a simple and easy recipe, too.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 14
Calories 91 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 fully cooked ham, about 6-8 pounds
  • 20 oz can of pineapple slices, with juice
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

Instructions
 

  • Place the ham flat side down in a 6-quart slow cooker. If your ham doesn’t fit simply trim on top.
  • Pour the sprite (or lemon and lime soda of choice) and juice from the canned pineapple.
  • Scatter half of the brown sugar all over the ham making sure to coat it evenly.
  • Place the pineapple slices on top of the ham, securing them with toothpicks if necessary. I use about half of the slices in the can and the rest for garnish but you can add all to the ham if you like.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours until the ham is heated through and tender. If using spiral ham and depending on the size, about 3-4 hours should be good as it reheats quicker than uncut ham. Baste the ham halfway through. During the last 30 minutes of cooking sprinkle the remaining sugar. The ham is fully heated when the internal temperature reaches about 145 F. Transfer the ham to a platter and loosely tent it with foil then allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
you can use the liquid in the slow cooker to make a flavorful gravy or sauce to serve with the ham. Just strain the liquid into a saucepan, and simmer it over medium heat until it reduces and thickens slightly. You can also add a few herbs, spices, or other seasonings to customize the flavor of the sauce.
The ham is good on its own but if you want to add extra glaze to the ham, please find the recipe here.

Nutrition

Calories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.05gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 7mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword easy crockpot ham, easy slow cooker ham, ham with lemon and lime soda, how to cook ham in the slow cooker, slow cooker ham with pineapple and sprite
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Last updated on August 25th, 2023 at 06:09 pm

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9 Comments

  1. Suja md
    June 14, 2023 / 10:10 am

    5 stars
    Outstanding recipe thanks so much! tasted so much good!

  2. Kathleen
    June 14, 2023 / 10:21 am

    5 stars
    I love how easy this slow cooker ham is to make and that your whole house smells wonderful while it’s cooking. Yum!

  3. Beth
    June 14, 2023 / 10:27 am

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! Some slow cooker ham recipes take all the easy out of it by using too many ingredients. I love that this one only has two so you get all that delicious ham flavor.

  4. TAYLER ROSS
    June 14, 2023 / 10:43 am

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite ham recipe! We made it for Easter and have made it again since. It turns out perfectly every time!

  5. Dannii
    June 14, 2023 / 11:13 am

    5 stars
    Such a great way to use the slow cooker. The ham was perfectly cooked.

  6. Janie
    June 14, 2023 / 1:59 pm

    5 stars
    This ham was worth making! Brought it to a gathering. Everyone loved it and took some home. The pineapples with the brown sugar gave the ham some sweetness!

  7. Elisa
    June 14, 2023 / 2:43 pm

    5 stars
    Love this Easy Slow Cooker Ham recipe!! Looks delicious and easy to make. And it looks so juicy. Definitely will make it for a family gathering. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. Vicky
    June 14, 2023 / 3:49 pm

    5 stars
    You had me at four ingredients! This recipe requires minimal effort and time to assemble, making it a convenient option for busy nights. I love the sweet taste imparted on the ham. Even my kids love it!

  9. Anjali
    June 14, 2023 / 7:17 pm

    5 stars
    This was such a helpful guide to cooking ham in the slow cooker perfectly!! Thank you so much!

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