Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham (Slow Cooker)

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Made with just 6 ingredients, this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham features a sweet and tangy topping that will be loved by everyone. This slow cooker ham is ready in just 3 hours, with no oven space needed. It’s perfect for holidays but so easy you can make it anytime.

Easy Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple

You know those holiday mornings, whether it’s Easter or Christmas or Thanksgiving, where you wake up early just to start preparing for the big meal and you try to time everything just right so each dish is hot and ready at the same time?

My slow cooker is the one thing that helps me keep my sanity during those times. Any dish I can make in the slow cooker, like today’s Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham, is a dish that frees up oven space and makes the prep and cooking so much easier.

And if you’re preparing for one of those BIG dinners that require both a turkey and ham and maybe some beef too? This slow cooker ham recipe will be your secret to stress-free success.

Ham is the perfect thing to cook in the slow cooker because they’re already cooked. When you bake a ham, you’re essentially just warming it through and adding flavor.

In this case, the flavor comes this a super simple brown sugar pineapple glaze that’s the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. Serve with your favorite side dishes and you have a holiday dinner guests won’t forget!

Why Cook A Ham in The Slow Cooker?

In my opinion, slow cooker ham is far superior to any other ham you will ever make. Why?

  • It’s quick & easy!
  • No dirty dishes
  • Ready in 3 hours
  • You don’t have to heat up the kitchen with the oven
  • And the oven is open and free for other dishes if needed (especially handy on the holidays!)

What You’ll Need

You will only need 6-ingredients for this delicious crockpot ham with pineapple recipe – SO EASY!

  • Ham – I used an 8 to 9 pound ham for this recipe. Be sure to choose one that will easily fit inside your slow cooker.
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Brown sugar – Adds a sweet flavor to the Easter ham.
  • Spices – A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger add the warm flavor to the ham.

How Much Ham Do I Need Per Person?

We like to estimate about 3/4 pound of ham per person (with the bone in). However, if you have a bunch of hungry boys that eat a ton as I do, you can increase it to 1 pound. You might end up with some leftovers, but that’s a good thing! Use 1/2 pound per person with a boneless ham.

How to Make Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

Making this brown sugar ham literally could not be easier. This will be the easiest holiday ham you ever make, by far.

  • Dry the ham. Add the ham to the slow cooker and dry with paper towels.
  • Add the glaze. Pour half of the pineapple over the ham. Then mix together the brown sugar and spices. Drizzle over the ham.
  • Cook. Cook on low for 3 hours.
Overhead view of slow cooker ham with pineapple glaze

Tips for Success

If this is your first time making ham in the slow cooker, here are a few things that you might find helpful.

  • What’s the best slow cooker to use? I found it best to use a large 8-Quart oval slow cooker to make crockpot ham. You want to use a fairly large slow cooker so that there is plenty of room for the ham. Make sure that the ham fits into the slow cooker with space between it in the and lid. Otherwise, it won’t seal properly.
  • Make sure to dry the ham. After the ham is in the slow cooker, be sure to dry it as much as possible with paper towels. The drier the ham, the better. This helps the glaze stay on and not slide straight into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add the glaze between the slices. For more flavor rub the pineapple ham glaze gently between the slices to infuse each one with pineapple flavor.
  • Make the outside crispy. If you prefer a crispier ham you can finish it in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
  • Add some extra flavor and garnishes. If desired, you can also add some maraschino cherries when serving the ham for an extra pop of color. For more flavor, you can add some cloves or ground cloves to the ham with the pineapple.

Serving Suggestions

One of my favorite things about ham is that it can be served warm, room temperature, or even cold. This is the least fussy part of your holiday meal!

We obviously serve this up quite frequently on the holidays, whether it’s Easter or Christmas, but this is such an easy recipe that it’s great for making year-round too.

Here are some of my favorite side dishes that go well with this pineapple ham recipe.

I love to serve this the first day as part of a big dinner then enjoy ham sandwiches for lunch the next day or even add cubes of it to a salad.

How to Store Cooked Ham

This pineapple ham can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just keep it covered or in an airtight container. I recommend storing it with as many juices as possible, to prevent it from drying out.

Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave or you can enjoy cold slices of ham on sandwiches, in salads, and more. Honestly, I think the leftovers taste even better than the freshly cooked ham!

Can I Freeze Cooked Ham?

Absolutely. If you actually end up with leftovers that aren’t devoured the next day, this ham freezes well! I like to freeze extras in ziploc bags. Then just thaw in the fridge and you have ham ready for making sandwiches or even another ham dinner!


Overhead view of a pineapple ham
5 from 13 votes

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham (Slow Cooker)

Made with just 6 ingredients, this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham features a sweet and tangy topping that will be loved by everyone. This slow cooker ham is ready in just 3 hours, with no oven space needed. It's perfect for holidays but so easy you can make it anytime.
Servings: 16 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 8-9 pound ham
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Add the ham to the slow cooker and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Pour over half the can of the crushed pineapple.
  • Mix the brown sugar with the spices and add it over the ham.
  • Reserve the rest of the pineapple for topping when the ham is served.
  • Cook on low for three hours.

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Calories: 695kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 3033mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2.4mg


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34 comments on “Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham (Slow Cooker)”

  1. The video shows a liquid being poured on top before being served, but I don’t see any mention of that in the recipe. What is it, how much is needed, and when do you put it on?

    1. Hey Dina, that is just the liquid from the crockpot including some of the pineapple juice. It can be put on when the ham is removed from the slow cooker.

  2. 5 stars
    This was my mom’s go to Easter dinner 60 years ago and was always fabulous. She would also stick a dozen or more whole cloves around it before putting it into the oven. No Crock Pots in those days!!!

  3. This was my mom’s go to Easter dinner 60 years ago and was always fabulous. She would also stick a dozen or more whole cloves around it before putting it into the oven. Crock Pot sounds so much easier!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This was absolutely amazing and can’t believe how easy it was. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Can I do this with a non spiral ham? I have a 7lb I believe ham shank? I like thicker ham slices. Does this change cooking time?

  6. 5 stars
    So easy fantastic recipe for a lazy cook like me. I used pineapple rolls and cherries like my family recipe.

  7. Can I use lite ham for this recipe? Also can I use the pkged 3lb ham wo the bone.. The bone in hams are too large for me as I am alone. I’m really dying to try this crockpot recipe it looks scrumptious. tyvm for sharing!

    1. I live alone too. But still cook a 10+ lbs. Ham with bone. I make individual servings of the ham slices and put wax paper between. The bone I leave meaty and make a pot of pea or bean soup with the bone Also divide into individuals. Any odd shape or pieces I use in casseroles such as mac and cheese.

  8. Norma Prentice

    5 stars
    Made it today for Thanksgiving!! What a game changer, especially since I worked overnight with no time to prepare extra food and sides!! Ave everyone loved it!! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. 5 stars
    My grandfather passed away a few years ago and took his famous ham recipe with him to the grave. This recipe is the closest I have come to replicating it. It smells and taste just like his did. Thank you for posting this recipe and bringing me a tad bit closer to him again.

    1. Hi what kind of ham is ceryome using? A pre-cooked ham? I notice it’s already sliced in the video where is that something that you do or it came like that?

  10. 5 stars
    Hands down the best ham I’ve ever served! So moist and flavorful – I’ll always make it in the crockpot from here on out! Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Debbie Cuthbertson

    This looks good. My bottom element is currently not working and was thinking of cooking on the bbq at a low temperature. May try this instead.

  12. 5 stars
    This was great. I made a ham steak and put the pineapple brown sugar topping over it and cooked on low on stove for about 45 minutes.  Turned out juicy and delicious

  13. 5 stars
    This turned out AMAZING yesterday (Thanksgiving 2020 🙂 ). It was so tender that it was literally coming apart, and it was by far the juiciest ham I’ve ever eaten. I have recommended it to several family members and will be making it again for Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing!! Blessing to you and your beautiful family.

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