Crock Pot Maple Brown Sugar Ham

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Crock Pot Maple Brown Sugar Ham is ham covered in brown sugar, maple syrup and pineapple juice slow cooked in the Crock Pot. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comMy Grandma Jennings was an amazing lady. I miss her so much. She’s been gone for 7 years now, and I still think about her every day. She was a very elegant, high class lady, that made the most delicious food. I have so many great memories playing at her house as a kid, and I especially loved the meals she made.

This year for Thanksgiving, I decided to carry on one of Grandma’s traditions of making a ham, as well as a turkey for the big feast! I love ham, and always looked forward getting to enjoy turkey AND ham when we would have Thanksgiving at her house.

I decided to make it a bit easier on me, and tried this recipe for a ham cooked in a crock pot! The verdict?…. It was the most delicious thing my taste buds have enjoyed in awhile! The flavors were so good,  and with how easy it was to do, it will forever be my go-to ham recipe!

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Crock Pot Maple Brown Sugar Ham

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Author Holly


  • 7 to 8 pound spiral-cut ham bone-in or boneless
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups pineapple juice


  • Use a large 7 quart crock pot. Unwrap ham from wrapper, and discard the flavor packet. Place ham inside crock pot, flat side down.
    Rub the brown sugar over all sides of the ham. Then pour on the maple syrup and pineapple juice. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Baste ham with juices an hour or so before serving. When it's finished cooking, carefully remove ham from crock pot and place on a cutting board.
    Let rest 15 minutes before carving. Enjoy β™₯
Crock Pot Maple Brown Sugar Ham is ham covered in brown sugar, maple syrup and pineapple juice slow cooked in the Crock Pot.
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  1. That is fantastic! It also opens up the oven for the other baking you have to do! I love this. Thank you for such a great way to cook a ham. It never even occurred to me. This is basically the recipe I use minus the maple syrup. It sounds interesting may have to include that this year.

    1. Yes. My recipe is: make a paste of 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup grainy mustard; rub ham all over with the mixture, I also try to it some of the mixture in between slices; sit the ham on glass baking dish with 1 cup of pineapple juice; cover with foil and bake according to poundage.

    1. Yes, I only do my hams in the oven and they are perfect. I use brown sugar, pineapple juice, a fair amount of ground cloves, add a little some cinnamon and nutmeg, a splash of juice from the merrichino cherries, a splash of maple syrup, a splash of lime juice. Cook the glaze on a stove top until you have the consistency and sweetness you desire. I bake the ham covered in foil in a convection oven at 325 (350 for normal oven). The last thirty minutes of cooking I baste it with some of the juice. Take the ham out, let it sit for thirty minutes, then slice it and cover it in the rest of the glaze. While the ham is cooking, put pineapple pieces and merrichino cherries in a pan with some of the glaze. Cook it covered for 45 minutes while the ham is cooking. Serve the fruit on top of the ham. Delish.

  2. We had this at Easter and loved it, so now we are having it again to celebrate falls arrival. It is our favourite ham recipe.

      1. Apple Cider would probably taste better. It’s more authentic and natural and not loaded up with sugar. It also has more of a tang to it. Sounds better already………..

      2. 5 stars
        i use apple cider and it is amazing!!! trying it in the oven for easter this year- my crock pot is too small!

    1. I just made this last week for the first time. I didn’t have pineapple juice so I used orange juice and it turned out wonderful. Thank you for the recipe, Holly!

  3. We had a potluck at work today. Last night I was on facebook and my neice posted your recipe. I was looking for something to take. I saw her post and thought bingo! It was so easy to put together. Everyone loved it. Thank You for sharing your Granny’s recipe.

    1. instead of the maple syrup I have used brown sugar and a little yellow mustard mixed in. I mix the 3 together then pour it over the ham to cook it. Everyone loves it

  4. I made this exactly as written for Thanksgiving and everyone in my family loved it. There wasn’t any left at the end of the meal except for the juice and bone! Both of which, my grandson took home bean soup and baked beans. This is definitely going into my recipe book!

  5. I can’t find a spiral-cut ham, would a regular ham work fine or do you need the juices running down between the slices?

    1. Bart, I haven’t tried it with a regular ham. I would imagine it would work fine though. After it’s done cooking and you’ve sliced it I would pour the juices over the slices so you really get the flavor πŸ™‚

  6. Can I use a frozen ham or do I have to thaw it out? I have never cooked ham before and a little confused.

    1. Yes. You can use anything with a high sugar content — some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had uses Moxie. I bet that would be great with the ham as well.

  7. I love this recipe but do you think I can bake it and if i can for how long and what temp?I have never made ham not even with the crockpot its my first year having thanksgiving at home and not traveling to family

  8. What type of bone in spiral ham do I use? There’s so many choices,hickory, honey,brown sugar? I feel if I use honey or brown sugar with the ingredients you have listed will be way to sweet, which one should I buy. Thank you in advance

  9. Hello! My crockpot is just a tad too small and the lid won’t sit on it all the way. Can I wrap the top in foil of should I cut a little bit off the ham to make it fit? Thank you!

      1. I have the same problem, the smallest ham I found is 10lbs. Do you tried the foil or crockpot bag? How did it turned?

  10. Assuming they would even fit in the crock pot, have you tried cooking vegetables along with the ham? I’m wondering how that would turn out. πŸ™‚

  11. I love this recipe, I will be trying it for sure. I usually boil my hams in ginger beer and then finish then off in the oven with a marmalade/chilli/paprika glaze but yours sounds divine. I would not have though to use a slow cooker either but I guess you get similar results from the steaming and the cooking in the pineapple.

  12. I made this for Easter dinner for my FiancΓ© and me, and I have never seen my man so happy! We love the tons of leftovers, and the ham is going with everything!

  13. Cooking this Ham for the 2nd year in a row now &’& My Family absolutely LOVES it.! I myself never liked ham until i tried this recipe. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe. It’s become a tradition in our home and even the pickiest eaters love it!

  14. Realized last minute my crock pot is not big enough for the ham. I was researching and I think I will slow roast it in the oven at 250F. Any suggestions?

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe for the past few years and my family loves it. it’s easy, moist and full of flavor. Failproof! I love that I just place it in my crockpot and it cooks itself!

  16. 5 stars
    Your ham recipe looks perfect! And since I’m cooking a turkey, I can cook the ham in the crockpot. I bought a spiral cut ham and it says it smoked. I hope that is OK? I will be I will be making it for Easter

    1. Thank you Lena! Yes a pre-smoked ham is fine to still use! Happy Easter to you and your family. I hope you enjoy the ham πŸ™‚

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