Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham will make your Easter brunch a total breeze with just three ingredients and no oven space to lose! Keep it plugged in and it will stay warm through your entire meal.
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is a super last minute addition to our Easter meal around here because we had actually been planning on getting a Honeybaked ham! Growing up the flavor of Easter to me has always been that same familiar flavor. We would get there early to pick up our hams, fighting the crowds the whole way. Since moving a couple of years ago we haven’t been local to a store so I’ve been making my own and missing the old familiar flavors.
NO MORE. This Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is amazing and so easy it is almost offensive. I love that it warms through in the slow cooker because the ovens are already working overtime with everything else and I can just set the slow cooker and forget about it. Even better, we leave it plugged in through the meal so the ham stays perfectly warm.
I use crushed pineapple in this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham because I find the chunks to be hard to keep on the ham. They mostly just fall off the side and because it is in the slow cooker people don’t really see them. With the crushed pineapple it makes this amazing crust between the pineapple and the brown sugar. Then you get a better amount of pineapple with each person’s serving.
Some tips for making this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham:
- I add the brown sugar in layers because the first half will melt in the slow cooker. If you want to baste the ham you can add it all at once, but I find adding the last half at the end makes for a better crust
- If you want to melt the last part of the brown sugar add it 30 minutes before you are ready to serve and cover with the top. The trapped heat will melt it.
- If you want a crispier ham you can finish it in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes before serving.
- Maraschino cherries are of course a fun and welcome addition, I just didn’t want the kids attacking the ham just for the cherries and not eating any of the actual ham!
- Additional flavors you can add would be some cloves you could press into the ham or just ½ teaspoon of ground cloves sprinkled over the ham before adding the pineapple or the brown sugar. This will give you a more classic flavor.
Want more ham recipes? And looking for leftover ideas?:
- Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup
- Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna (perfect for holiday Ham!)
- Campfire Sugar Ham with Dijon Roasted Potatoes
Tools Used in the making of this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Crushed Pineapple: I love this Native Forest Crushed Pineapple because it tastes the most like a fresh pineapple. I also regularly use the Dole variety if not popping by Whole Foods or ordering online.
- 1 spiral sliced ham 8-10 pounds
- 1 can crushed pineapple bits 20 ounces
- 2 cups brown sugar
- Add the ham to the slow cooker, trimming off the bottom as needed to fit it into the slow cooker (I keep the trimmed pieces around it in the slow cooker).
- Add the pineapple bits to your ham then cover with one cup of the brown sugar.
- Cook on low for 2-3 hours, then you can keep warm during your party.
- Cover with remaining brown sugar before serving.
Do you cover the ham? It doesn’t say.
Yes, it needs to be covered. So the first step of trimming the ham to make it fit is super important.
Hello, I’d like to make this recipe for thanksgiving! I’ve never made a ham before.
Did you use a bone-in or boneless ham?
Your use of the brown sugar in the directions is very confusing. Put 1 cup on at the beginning, but does the second cup get any cooking time? Sabrina was told to add 1/2 cup in the second instruction. Doesn’t make sense.
Meant to say Tiffani not Sabrina.
When do you add the remaining brown sugar? After it is on plate, or at end while still in the crockpot? Looking forward to trying this but as you can tell by my question I’m no cook!?
Hi sorry, I am a little confused by your question. Its 1/2 cup brown sugar added in the 2nd instruction. You would add all of it.
Am I supposed to cover the ham with the slow cooker lid, as it warms?
Do you add water to the slow cooker? I was given a used slow cooker but no manual and don’t know how to use it. Please advise.
No need to add anything additional to what the recipe states. The ham will cook down and release liquid. Just a tip though, sometimes you can key into google the type of slow cooker you have and find an online manual, if you need one. I’ve done that for other products that I’ve lost the original for. Enjoy!
Hello- making this for Xmas dinner and wanted to know when to apply the glaze as most hams come with a glaze to add on… thank you
I don’t use the glaze packet that comes with the ham.
HELP When should the skin be cut off the ham?
I actually don’t cut off the skin the ham at all. It adds such great flavor and texture.
Hello! Making this for Christmas morning and wondering what to do with the glaze that comes with the ham. At what point would you think its best I add it?
This recipe has so much flavor, I wouldn’t add the glaze from the packet. Merry Christmas!
How long do you suggest for an 11 pound, precooked ham in the crock pot. I see cooking times varying from 2-3 hours to 4-5 hours.
I’d say 4, that’s what I would naturally test at first if trying a ham that size. Happy Thanksgiving!
Great….thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
My pleasure. 🙂
I would like to say this is the best “HAM” recipe that you can make. The best for Easter Sunday dinner. I had the pleasure of using this recipe to make a 9 pound “HAM” and ask me if we have any left! NOT! Just know this is the best “HAM” ever! Try It!
Hahaha, I am guessing you liked it? Also wow, you guys managed to eat 9 pounds even this year! That is impressive! Thank you so much for the positive review!
Our ham isn’t ore-sliced…can we still follow this recipe and just slice at the end?
Yes, but a lot of the flavor is in the seasoning cooking between the slices. You are going to have significantly less flavor in the unsliced ham. I would carefully slice it ahead of time.
Can you use a boneless pre-sliced ham? Sounds good.
when and how would you add whole cloves?
Score the ham and add whole cloves in the crossings. Enjoy!
Only 2 hours on low? Most slow cooker recipes I’m seeing 6-8 hours, making this tomorrow and hoping not to undercook!
Your spiral cut ham is fully cooked. So the two hours is simply to warm through and cook your topping. Don’t be worried about undercooking, just look for the topping to be melted, the meat should be heated through. If you want to be safe you could do three hours, but I’ve made this several times with 2 hours on low. Hope you enjoy it!
Did you use bread crumbs?
I did not, that is the brown sugar 🙂
Where does it say to use ginger ale?
I don’t have it….could I use 7 Up?
Also…..could you use pineapple juice instead of the crushed pineapple? A few of my grandkids might not eat it if they see pineapple pieces.
I didn’t use ginger ale or 7 up for this recipe. Just follow the ingredients in the recipe card. 🙂 Enjoy!
This soup is so delicious! It was quick, easy and turned out perfectly. The only thing I added was a little cayenne pepper. This will become a regular for us. Thank you very much!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
I made this recipe twice, it came out perfect the first ham, non sprial, the second was very dry, sprial. I think that using a non spiral ham is the best way to go. The non spiral ham was so juicy. Maybe if using a spiral ham, only cook it half the time.
Is this a pre-cooked ham or not?
Yes, pre-cooked. Enjoy!
This recipe looks great and I’m excited to make it for Thanksgiving! My hubby bought the can of ring shaped pineapple slices, not crushed. I plan to crush and use, do you drain the juice??
I’m so bummed that I’m just now seeing this! This was caught in my spam filter.
You can just dump the whole can into the slow cooker. I hope you enjoyed it!
Do you place the ham on it’s side, bone side down, etc.? Just wanting to make sure I do this correctly. This recipe looks so delicious.
Thank you so much!! You’ll want the ham to be facing up in the slow cooker (as the picture shows). You may need to trim the bone so it fits. Hope this helps!
Do you put spiral ham face down?
No, you want it facing up so you may need to trim the bottom to make it fit into the slow cooker.
Your food photographer is BRILLIANT! 🙂 It all looks so wonderful; Pinning & sharing my favorites are fun here!
I’m the photographer, so thanks! 🙂
Yes!! Thank you so much for this recipe! Making this tomorrow for Easter! Can’t wait to eat it, your pictures make my mouth water!! Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my mouth!!
Welp, I made this yesterday for Easter and let me tell you the family RAVED and RAVED about it!! My husband declared this is the best and ONLY way ham should be made from now on!! So thank you for this super simple and easy recipe!
Yay!! This makes me so happy!! Your husband sounds like a smart man!!
I am trying this right now! Not only does it sound and look delicious but I have a broken arm and it was SO easy and quick that I made it with one arm-lol! You just can’t get any better than this! Thanks very much! ??
I didn’t mean to add those ?? Lol,
You’re welcome! I hope you have a fast recovery!
can i use a different type of ham? We’re not fans of spiral ham
Yes, of course. Enjoy!
I’ll buy my husband and me a ham just to try this recipe! It looks yumsters! After I read – I thought carefully – about the gingerale and not seeing it.I was crazy! But it sure sounded great. I cannot wait to try it…well, I can wait to try it…but it sounds tasty!
Fantastic! You’ll have to come back and let me know what you thought after trying it….don’t wait too long!! 🙂
That brown sugar….YUM! This is making my mouth water!
I made this for Easter this year and it was divine! Thank you!
Fantastic…So glad you loved it!
This looks delicious! I am going to have to grab a ham and make this soon!
This looks really good! I would love to try this! My family loves ham especially my kids! 😀
It’s a hit with my kids too!
Thank you for this post! I came across it searching for baked ham as I bought my pineapple, brown sugar and for got the gingerale!! as this was how my Mother always baked her Easter Hams, I got to tell you it made a hit!! never even noticed and was asked if I did something different as the Ham was delicious and juicy, I think I’ll forget the gingerale for now on as it was a step up from other hams I baked with gingerale !! Thank You again and a very Happy Easter To your Family from ours…..
How awesome! I think it was fate then and so happy to hear you received rave reviews from your guests. Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know 🙂
Sabrina, I can haedly wait to try Brown Sugar Ham recipeyour Slow Cooker Pineapple and Brown Sugar
Ham Recipe. I am also looking forward to receiving you e-Cookbook, Thank you, Edna
You’ll have to come back and let me know what you think.
I just love how easy this is to make! 🙂
Definitely! Let your slow cooker do the work.
This is such a classic recipe. I love how you make it. Looks delish!