How to Make a Perfect Ham in the Slow Cooker!

“How to Make a Perfect Ham in the Slow Cooker” is a tutorial vlog that even my kids could prepare.

Easy, moist, no-fail ham with results you can count on. Never serve a dried out holiday ham again!

We’ve always baked a ham in the oven with fantastic results. Then I added in high-altitude, an older inconsistent oven, couple kids under foot, big holiday dinners and my baked in the oven hams got drier and drier. In fact, I avoided baking them at all costs. What to do? I combed Pinterest and started experimenting.

The idea of a ham in the slow cooker intrigued me but I was skeptical. Really the slow cooker?

But hey, I’ve got a ranch crew to feed and be my sometimes less than willing taste testers.

Surprise, surprise!

Slow cooker hams rock my world. Even better, it frees up an oven for other parts of a meal.

Just remember that you are bringing the ham up to temp not slow cooking away for hours and hours and hours.

This recipe can be tailored to your favorite ham flavors. We love the pineapple and maple syrup combo.

You can swap the maple syrup out for brown sugar. I want to try apricot preserves in place of the maple syrup.

For a more savory favor profile, try adding dijon mustard.

I do admit to putting a ham in the slow cooker, pouring only maple syrup over the ham and 4 hours later…..great results.

The directions here are for a bone-in ham that has not yet been sliced. Caution: if you are using a pre-sliced, boneless ham it will come up to temperature much faster.

Be creative. All the ham needs in the slow cooker is a little moisture and a temperature test to get it to 160 degrees.

Have fun! Never stress about dry ham again!


How to Make a Perfect Ham in the Slow Cooker!


  • 1 Ham
  • 1 1/2 cups Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 cup "Real" Maple Syrup


  1. Place ham, cut side down, into the slow cooker.
  2. Pour pineapple juice and maple syrup over ham.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker.
  4. Heat on High for 25 minutes per pound to 160 degrees F.
  5. *Use a meat thermometer to test ham for doneness.
  6. **Extend time to use Low heat setting on Slow Cooker.


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