Slow Cooker Honey Baked Ham

When we were growing up, we ate Christmas dinner over at our Grandma’s house every year. She is just a tiny little thing, but she can cook like it’s nobody’s business!
One of my favorite Christmas dinners is her delicious ham. I can still remember walking into her house and smelling that yummy ham cooking in the oven.
This recipe is pretty close to the ham that she makes, but I made it a little bit simpler by throwing it in my crock pot.
If you need a delicious Christmas dinner, this is the meal for you!

Slow Cooker Honey Baked Ham
7-10 lb spiral ham (mine was pre-cooked)
2 tablespoons brown Dijon mustard (I used spicy)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup of water
2 tablespoons corn starch

Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray (if you have a slow cooker liner, I suggest using it- it will make clean-up a breeze!). Place ham in the crock pot.
Combine sugar, honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, and mustard in a sauce pan on medium heat. Let cook for 2-5 minutes (until ingredients melt and combine) and whisk thoroughly. Remove from heat.
Pour water in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour honey/brown sugar mixture over the ham.
If the lid does not fit over your ham, you can make a tin foil tent (I used an 8 lb ham and it didn’t fit in my 6 quart slow cooker).

I used two sheets of tin foil that were each about 12″ long. I tucked the ends all around the edges of the crock pot and then gathered them together in the middle and folded the ends down (The plastic around the edges is my slow cooker liner). I did not completely wrap the ham in foil- I just tucked it down the sides of the slow cooker- it’s kind of like making a “roof” for your ham. :)
To keep the heat in even more, I placed a towel over the top of my tin foil tent. It worked perfectly!

Cook the ham on low for 6-8 hours. Baste the ham with the juices in the bottom of the slow cooker once every hour (if you want, you can even turn the ham every hour to make sure that all sides are getting cooked in the honey mixture, but after about the third hour, my ham was too tender and just fell apart).

Once your ham is done, remove it from your slow cooker. Pour the juices in the bottom of your slow cooker into a medium saucepan. Mix together 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch with 1 Tablespoon of water and pour into the saucepan. Cook on medium heat until it starts to thicken. Use that as a glaze over the ham or even as a gravy for potatoes.

Even if you don’t have a slow cooker, you can still bake this ham in your oven. Once again, make a tent with aluminum foil and bake 15 to 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees.  Baste the ham once every thirty minutes.

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  1. says

    I’m just curious about something. This recipe sounds excellent and with both our children home for Christmas break from college I wanted to do something extra special (they will both graduate in the next two years so these times may get fewer and farther between, though I hope not!). At least some of the spiral hams I’ve seen are actually cooked already and you are mostly reheating and glazing them, but you don’t specify. Did you start with a raw ham that was spiral sliced or did you start with one that was already cooked?


  2. says

    Just cover the top. But the foil is tucked way down on the sides of the ham. I used two sheets of tin foil that were each about 12″ long. I tucked the ends all around the edges of the crock pot and then gathered them together in the middle and folded the ends down. I hope this helps.

  3. Michelle Davenport says

    I have a 4lb lean cured ham from our butcher. Wondering if this recipe would work if I just shortened the cook time? I’m not sure what affect the curing will have on the recipe.

  4. Chris in Boise says

    Made this once early this year. Very easy to make, and quite a bit cheaper than the Brand Name honey hams. When I made it I turned it once after two hours, and basted two or three times after. It took a 9 lb ham about seven hours on low. Very tasty; I’m planning on making it again for Christmas. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Cyd says

      We started with our ham thawed. We have used frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot before, but that is a lot smaller than a ham. That’s pretty thick to put in frozen so we aren’t quite sure how well it would work or how much time to add for cooking. Sorry we can’t help you more.

    • Cyd says

      You should be fine cooking it on it’s side. Just be sure you have plenty of liquid on it. You may want to baste with liquid every 30 minutes. The foil tent works great. I did it over the Christmas break and it worked great.

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