Sweet pineapple and brown sugar perfectly complement a nice smoked ham. Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is the easiest way we’ve ever made a boneless ham! It’s so easy to serve a crowd right out of the slow cooker!
Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham in the Crock Pot
Pineapple and brown sugar are the most basic and most classic glaze ingredients for ham. Our Farmhouse Ham Loaf has the best glaze, so we modified it a little bit to make a sweet and easy glaze for a whole ham.
We add a little mustard and vinegar to our glaze, but really any combination of brown sugar and pineapple will work fine. Use a baster or ladle to keep ham covered in this sweet glaze for a delicious meal!
I enjoy pineapple with my ham. While rings of pineapple may be a classic look that we recognize, I find that crushed pineapple is easier to serve and eat. Another popular flavor is a Rootbeer Glazed Ham, which is similar but doesn’t have any fruit.
To maximize flavor in the ham make shallow slits on top for flavor to soak in or slice ham. I like to slice a boneless ham while it’s cold before cooking so that when the ham is done cooking it can simply be served right away. Easy, life needs to be easier and slicing ham before cooking is one way to make it that way!
Slices of ham can be enjoyed with pineapple, used to make a sandwich or add a slice of cheese for a quick protein packed roll-up. Sometimes kids don’t want “stuff” on their ham, so the pineapple can easily be brushed off. My dad enjoys his slices of ham served in the light syrup.
Ideas for Leftover Ham
I always cook extra ham because we enjoy so many meals with leftover ham! When I’m feeling fancy I grind some ham up in the food processor to make these incredible Farmhouse Ham Balls.
For a quick lunch or lighter meal we enjoy Ham Sliders.
And breakfast is another great time to use up ham in a Ham, Egg & Cheese Casserole.
What Type of Ham is the Easiest to Make?
The absolute quickest and easiest ham to make is a boneless ham. While keeping the bone in does mean a little more flavor it definitely takes more time and effort to carve. A boneless ham can quickly be sliced with an electric knife.
Easter 2020 was certainly different than any other Easter I’ve experienced and I hope is not the new normal. I carried my slow cooker of ham out on our deck and placed a couple pieces along with a Hawaiian roll on each plate and our small family of 11 people was able to enjoy a brief meal together while at a distance.
How Long to Cook Ham in the Crock Pot
When working with a fully cooked ham the goal is to warm it during the cooking process. I always use a my digital meat thermometer to check the temp in the center of the ham. Warm food is a personal preference and I like for my ham to be 140 degrees F when serving.
Cook ham on low in the slow cooker for 15 – 20 minutes per pound. Use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature during the cooking process and turn to weep warm as the temp approaches 140 degrees F. Know that slow cookers temperatures can vary, so cooking times may vary.
Know that most ham is fully cooked during the smoking process, but I always read the label to double-check. Warming ham is much different than cooking raw meat, so the key to keeping ham juicy is not to overcook it. Get the ham warmed and enjoy it, don’t keep cooking longer than necessary because that’s when the meat dries out.
The FDA says that 140 or above is a safe temperature to keep hot foods hot.
Most ham has water added, depending on the amount of water added, a longer cooking time means more of the water will cook out of the ham which may dry it out. Moral of the story – less is more when heating a fully cooked meat item.
How to Make Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham
Combine brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and pineapple in a saucepan.
Stir mixture often over medium-high heat until it boils. Boil for one minute.
While mixture is heating I like to slice ham and arrange in a lined or greased slow cooker.
Once the glaze has boiled pour evenly over ham. Cover slow cooker and turn on low. A 4-pound ham cooks in 1.5 – 2 hours. Use a meat thermometer to test that the internal temperature of the ham has reached 140 degrees F. Turn to keep warm
Note this glaze recipe works well for 4 – 6 pounds of ham. If cooking more ham I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe as necessary.
Other Holiday Recipes to Serve with Ham:
- Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Cornbread Casserole
- Pink Slush Punch
- Sweet Potato Souffle
- Grandma’s Dressing Recipe
- Potluck Pasta Salad
Printable Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham Recipe
Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
- 10 ounces crushed pineapple with juice
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 4 pounds ham boneless and sliced
- Combine all glaze ingredients in a pan over medium high heat. Stir often until mixture boils. Boil for one minute.
- Grease crock or use a non-stick liner. Add sliced ham to slow cooker.
- Pour glaze evenly over ham, cover and turn slow cooker to low.
- A 4 pound ham warms through in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Use baster or ladle to cover ham with pineapple and brown sugar glaze before serving.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.