Crock pot ham with spiced honey is the perfect hands off dinner for your holiday table! Only a handful of ingredients and only ten minutes prep work required.
Last month I shared my favorite Dry Brined Turkey Recipe just in time for Thanksgiving, and while a dry brine is less work, roasting a turkey is always a ton of work. If you are looking for simple, but still packed with delicious flavor, this crock pot ham with spiced honey sauce is the recipe for you!
You can have it in the crock pot in under 10 minutes, and you can baste it, or not. It's really that hands off!
I hope you give this ham a try for your Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving table.
Reasons you'll love crock pot ham
- it has minimal prep work (you can get it in the crock pot in under 10 minutes!)
- it has the most delicious spiced honey sauce (you could save some for spooning over roasted veggies)
- it frees up your oven for side dishes or dessert
- you can keep it warm on the 'warm' setting of your slow cooker
How to cook it
Cooking your holiday ham in the slow cooker is so easy, and it frees up your oven for your other recipes.
Here's how to cook a ham in a crock pot:
- Shake together the sauce: honey, apple cider vinegar, dijon and spices.
- Remove your spiral ham from the package and place in the crock pot.
- Drizzle evenly with the sauce
- Cook on low 4-6 hours.
- Baste every hour. Or don't! This is one loosey-goosey recipe!
What kind of ham should I use?
I recommend a fully cooked, spiral-cut ham, and look for one that is no larger than 10 lbs in order to fit into a 6 quart slow cooker. I found mine at Costco!
Not only is spiral-cut ham pretty to serve for a holiday meal, but as you baste with the sauce, it absorbs much better into the ham than an uncut ham.
How much ham should I cook per guest?
Martha suggests ¾ lb per person for a bone-in ham. So for a 8-9 lb spiral ham, you'll have enough for 10-12 guests. Don't worry if you have extras, it's easy to freeze and there are a ton of ways to use up your leftover slow cooker ham!
Use up your leftovers
This recipe makes a big batch of ham, so it's a good idea to have a plan to use up the leftovers. Here are some ideas:
- ham sandwiches
- add to pasta: One Pot Fajita Pasta (swap for black beans), One Pan Tuscan Chicken Pasta Bake (swap for chicken) or Ground Turkey Pasta in Romesco Sauce (swap for ground turkey)
- Add it to my favorite Fried Rice or Cauliflower Fried Rice recipes
- Ultimate Freezer Breakfast Burritos
- Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins
- Swap for bacon in this Make Ahead Quiche and this Overnight Breakfast Casserole
- Add to this Sheet Pan Eggs recipe
- Swap for turkey sausage in these Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Lunch Bowls
Serve it with
This crock pot ham is the perfect main course for your holiday feast! Here are some ideas of what you could serve with it for Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving:
- Make Ahead Honey Roasted Carrots
- Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf
- Make Ahead Sage Apple Stuffing
- Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate
- Instant Pot Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
- Make Ahead Apple Crisp
- you will need a large crock pot to fit a spiral cut ham; I used this 6 quart crock pot
- I shook up my glaze in my trusty salad dressing shaker or a simple 1 pint mason jar to shake up the teriyaki sauce
- Looking for more Christmas recipes? Check out this Whole Roasted Cauliflower, this Harvest Lentil Salad
- Check out my post on How To Open a Pomegranate for tips and a video!
- 7-9 lbs spiral cut ham fully cooked * see note 1
Spiced Honey Sauce
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pomegranate seeds
- chopped fresh parsley optional
- Prepare - Place spiral cut ham in a large 6 quart slow cooker (trim the bottom off ham if it's too tall).
- Combine sauce - Shake together sauce ingredients including honey, apple cider vinegar, dijon and spices. Then pour the sauce over the ham.
- Slow cook - Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, basting every hour with the sauce.
- Broil - **OPTIONAL** use a baster to pull the liquids out of the slow cooker (reserve for later), and carefully tip the ham out and onto a large, sturdy sheet pan. Broil the ham for approximately 5 minutes, basting with the reserved liquid halfway through. Serve with additional reserved cooking liquid.
- Serve - Serve, spooning extra spiced honey sauce over the ham, and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and fresh herbs.
- You will need a fully cooked spiral-cut ham for this recipe. You could use a fully cooked ham that is not sliced, however we recommend spiral cut ham as it allows the glaze to absorb into every slice as it cooks
- Fridge - let cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Freezer - let cool completely, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.
- Thaw - in the fridge overnight
- Reheat - in the microwave until steaming hot, or in a covered casserole dish in the oven at 350ºF for 10-15 minutes until warmed through
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