Brown Sugar Slow-Cooker Ham Recipe Is So Tender & Juicy (4 Ingredients) by Elisa Schmitz

Brown Sugar Slow-Cooker Ham Recipe Is So Tender & Juicy (4 Ingredients)

When cooking for a group, here are two things that make life better: a ham and your slow cooker. If you've never made a ham in a slow cooker, let me highly recommend it. Cooking a ham in a slow cooker takes so much stress out of feeding a family or planning a gathering because the slow cooker does most of the work. Plus, slow-cooked ham is absolutely delicious!

This brown sugar slow-cooker ham recipe is a perfect example, and it makes every day a holiday! With just four ingredients and minimal prep, you can make a ham that's so tender and juicy, the meat literally falls off the bone. Plus, the sweet brown sugar glaze makes the ham succulent and savory.

To make this easy, gluten-free slow-cooker ham recipe, you need only four simple ingredients: a 5- to 7-pound ham (I used bone-in ham), brown sugar, honey and orange juice. After just five minutes of prep and six hours of slow cooking, this flavorful ham dinner is ready to dazzle your family or friends.

You can serve this tasty ham with potatoes, rice, pasta or your favorite side dishes. I served it with my everything but the bagel roasted potatoes and my roasted broccoli and carrots side dishes. I've also served this ham on Hawaiian rolls as sliders, and they didn't last long!

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Cuisine: American 
Prep Time: 5 minutes 
Cook Time: 6 hours (low) 
Total Time: 6 hours and 5 minutes 
Servings: 12


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Recipe Notes

  • Instead of orange juice, you could use pineapple juice.
  • You can use a pre-cooked bone-in or boneless ham (I used bone-in ham).
  • If your ham is too big for your slow cooker, you can cut some of it off to make it fit.
  • Ham is done when it reaches 145 degrees F on a food thermometer.
  • Store leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Leftover ham is delicious served on Hawaiian rolls as sliders.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Turn on your slow cooker. Evenly distribute the brown sugar into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place the ham cut-side-down into the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the honey then the orange juice over the ham. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with the lid. Cook on low heat for six hours. Meat should be tender, juicy and easily fall off the bone. Ham is done when it reaches 145 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  5. Remove ham from slow cooker and allow to rest a few moments before carving. Be sure to serve ham with some of the delicious juices in the slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 146

Total Fat: 3.6g

Saturated Fat: 1.2g

Cholesterol: 24mg

Sodium: 547mg

Total Carbohydrate: 22g

Dietary Fiber: 0.6g

Total Sugars: 20g

Protein: 7.1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 21mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 166mg

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Donna John
I absolutely love this idea! How to cook the ham is always a big debate. Some like it cold, some room temperature, so baked. I serve it room temperature if we're having sandwiches or sliders, but like to heat it up in the oven if it's being served with side dishes as a sit-down meal. Definitely going your route with the slow cooker next time. How easy!!! Love it.
Elisa Schmitz
So true, Donna John ! I love making ham for family gatherings because everyone loves it (and now expects me to make it, ha). The slow cooker simplifies it while making it extra delicious. Huge win! And now that it's so easy to make, I love knowing I can make a ham anytime, not just on holidays.

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