Crockpot Ham – a traditional flavor packed bone-in ham made in the slow cooker and finished with a maple brown sugar glaze. The best way to make a holiday ham!
I used the slow cooker to gently heat the ham without drying it out, then made an easy homemade maple brown sugar glaze. Just a few minutes under the broiler caramelizes the glaze and gives it a delicious crunch. This slow cooker ham is gorgeous, and would be beautiful on any holiday table. The best part is, this slow cooker ham recipe is easy and economical. Perfect for feeding a crowd!
What kind of Ham should I use in the Crockpot?
Start with a 7 1/2 pound bone-in butt portion ham. My super market also offers shank portions, but my butcher recommended the butt portion and said it is the better quality cut. For this recipe, stick with the unsliced bone-in ham. Spiral sliced hams can dry out in the slow cooker and under the broiler. Keep in mind that hams are precooked, the trick is adding flavor and reheating them without drying them out which is why a Crockpot is perfect!
How to Make Ham in a Slow Cooker
- Start by trimming excess fat and skin from the ham. Use a paring knife to slice a grid pattern into the ham. The ham will shrink a bit as it cooks and this will leave room for the glaze to drip in and build flavor.
- Add a cup of apple juice to the slow cooker to ensure the ham does not dry out, and heat for 5-6 hours on low.
- Once the ham is heated through, carefully remove the ham from the slow cooker and let it rest on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes.
- While the ham is resting, prepare the glaze by combining pure maple syrup, dark brown sugar, brown mustard and cornstarch. Bring to a boil and let it cook 2-3 minutes, whisking constantly, until the glaze has thickened. Squeeze in fresh orange juice. Set the glaze aside and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
- Spoon the glaze over the ham, making sure it is well covered. Finish the ham under the broiler until the glaze starts to caramelize, 5-7 minutes.
What To Serve with Crockpot Ham
Crockpot Ham - a traditional flavor packed bone-in ham made in the slow cooker and finished with a maple brown sugar glaze. The best way to make a holiday ham!
- 7.5 pound ham unsliced, bone-in ham
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown mustard
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- Start by trimming excess fat and skin from the ham.
- Use a paring knife to slice a grid pattern into the ham.
Add ham and 1 cup of apple juice to slow cooker.
- Heat for 5-6 hours on low, until heated through.
- Remove ham from slow cooker and let rest for 20 minutes.
- Prepare glaze.
- Bring pure maple syrup, dark brown sugar, mustard, pepper and cornstarch to a boil.
Let boil 2-3 minutes, whisking constantly until mixture starts to thicken. Add orange juice.
- Let glaze cool for about 5 minutes.
- Pat ham dry and spoon glaze over ham.
- Heat ham under broiler 5-7 minutes until glaze has caramelized.
If glaze cools too long and is overly thick, just reheat to make pourable.
- I put the ham back into the slow cooker on before serving.
- Let the ham rest before slicing. Don’t slice too early or the ham will dry out quickly.
- Keep a close eye on the ham when broiling. It can brown very quickly.
- I originally used pure maple syrup in this recipe, but have since started using regular pancake syrup and found it works just as well. So I use what I have on hand. They both give a great maple flavor.
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