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Slow-Cooker Spiral Ham

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


15 servings

Updated: Jun. 01, 2023
My family loves when I make this slow-cooker spiral ham. I'm not sure which they love more though: eating it straightaway or as leftovers on sandwiches. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
Slow-Cooker Spiral Ham Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 spiral-sliced fully cooked bone-in ham (5 pounds)
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium onion, sliced


  1. Place ham in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, butter, cider vinegar, garlic and red pepper flakes; pour over ham. Top with onion slices.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer reads 140°, 4-5 hours. Serve warm.
Slow-Cooker Spiral Ham Tips

What can you use instead of pineapple juice when making slow-cooker spiral ham?

If you’d rather not use pineapple juice in this recipe, many citrus juices can be used instead, like orange, grapefruit or lemon juice. If you need to avoid citrus for health reasons, increase the amounts of cider and sugar by a tablespoon or two, and replace the rest with water.

How can you thicken or thin the glaze for slow-cooker spiral ham?

For a thicker glaze, decrease the pineapple juice by a tablespoon or two. You can also cook the glaze a little longer to caramelize your glaze and make it thicker. To thin the glaze, add a tablespoon or two of more juice.

What can you serve with slow-cooker spiral ham?

Serve this delicious ham with a side of brown sugar-glazed baby carrots and some buttery, sour cream fan rolls made in a muffin tin.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces ham: 194 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 821mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein.

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