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Spiral ham with a brown sugar glaze inside a crock pot with the spirals showing.

Brown Sugar Ham

Brown Sugar Ham is simple to make thanks to crock pot! Spiral ham with a pineapple, maple, and brown sugar glaze. This ham recipe is a perfect Holiday main dish and easy enough for a weeknight dinner with the family also. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar ham
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 359kcal
Author Jessica - Together as Family


  • 6-8 pound bone-in spiral cut ham
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup


  • Unwrap ham from the foil wrapper and discard the flavored glaze packet. Place ham, flat side down, into the insert of a slow cooker.
  • Pour pineapple juice around and on top of the ham. Firmly press the brown sugar onto the ham, forming a crust. Pour the maple syrup over the ham.
  • Cover with the lid and cook on Low heat for 5 hours. Ham should be fall apart tender when done.
  • Remove the ham from the slow cooker and move it to a platter or serving try. Let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Baste ham with the juices as needed before serving.


Tip : If the ham sticks out of the slow cooker, making the lid impossible to put on, simple wrap the insert of the slow cooker tightly with tin foil, and then place the lid on top of the tin foil. This keeps the hot temperature during the cook time. I've done this several times and it works well.
Crock Pot : Use a large slow cooker for this recipe. I use an 8 QT crock pot. 
Ham : The spiral-cut hams are precooked but you still need to cook it for the 5 hour cook time. The 5 hour slow cooker time brings the ham to a warm serving temperature,  and helps infuse the ham with flavor and gives the ham this sugary crust on the outside. 
Some of the spiral-cut hams might say 'honey cured' or 'brown sugar glazed'. Just ignore that because we will discard the flavoring packet anyways. Make sure you get a bone-in, spiral-cut ham. 
Serving Size : The serving size varies depending on the size of ham you use. 


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1018mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg