Crock Pot Ham with Peach Glaze

This Crock Pot Ham recipe is a delicious, easy meal to make that feeds a crowd. Perfect for meal prepping, holidays and parties, this spiral sliced ham is sure to please. Topped with a brown sugar and apricot glaze that’s absolutely irresistible!

Any way that we can make holiday parties and entertaining easier, we jump at the chance. Recipes like this slow cooker ham are always a hit with guests, with only minutes of prep work. We really look forward to making big ham dinners like this so that we can make our family favorite Pasta Fazool with the leftovers!

sliced ham on a platter with serving utensils and rosemary

Why You’ll Love This Crock Pot Ham Recipe

We all need an easy, no brainer recipe like this Crock Pot Ham recipe around the holidays. Not only is this ham going to be over the top delicious, but it only takes about 5 minutes of prep work before going into your slow cooker.

The other bonus to making a ham in your slow cooker is that is completely frees up your oven space for other items like your Whole Roasted Turkey or a cheesy, gooey Beef Lasagna.

  • Easy To Prepare: All you need is about 5 minutes of prep time and this ham is ready to go into your slow cooker.
  • Feeds A Crowd: A spiral sliced ham like this one will feed at least 10 people, if not more. Usually when serving a ham dinner, there’s lots of side dishes as well so you’re guests may only require a slice or two of ham.
  • Affordable: Even though a spiral sliced ham of this size can cost between $25.00 – $35.00, depending on sales and the time of year, that’s still only a few dollars per serving if you’re feeding 10 people.
  • Versatile: Not only can you switch up the flavors in this ham recipe to your liking, but ham goes so well with many sides, and leftover ham is perfect for making recipes like Split Pea Soup!
sliced spiral ham with glaze on a platter

Ingredients You’ll Need For The Glaze

Making a glaze for your spiral sliced ham is so easy to do. You can switch up the flavors of the preserves if you like, as well as the seasonings.

  • Peach Preserves: Preserves have pieces of fruit inside, as opposed to jelly that’s smooth. We like using preserves for this ham recipes but if you’re a no chunk family you can use peach jelly.
  • Apple Juice: Regular apple juice, or apple cider
  • Dry Mustard: We like the subtle heat the ground dry mustard offers, you can also use a tablespoon of stone ground mustard or dijon.
  • Cayenne Pepper (Optional): A dash of cayenne pepper helps to balance out the sweet flavor in this glaze, but you can omit it altogether if you like.

Simply whisk the ingredients together in a bowl and pour over your ham.

peach glaze ingredients in a bowl

What Kind Of Ham Works Best For This Recipe?

We like making this Crock Pot Ham with a spiral sliced ham, but you can use a shank or a butt portion, or a whole picnic ham. The cooking times may need to be adjusted for a larger, whole ham, but not by much.

Since most ham that we buy in the grocery store is already cooked, the slow cooker is really just heating it through and caramelizing the glaze.

Using a spiral sliced ham makes carving and serving this ham dinner so much easier. The sliced practically fall apart after cooking so there’s not much skill involved.

spiral sliced ham in slow cooker

How To Make Crock Pot Ham

Even if your ham doesn’t quite fit, you can still make this slow cooker ham! Just cover the ham with two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil, sealing tightly around the rim of the slow cooker.

The aluminum foil will act as a lid, helping to keep the heat and moisture in the slow cooker. So don’t worry about not having a large enough slow cooker. As long as most of the ham sits in the base of the slow cooker it’ll still turn out fine.

  • STEP 1 – MAKE THE GLAZE: Add peach -reserves, dry mustard, apple juice and a dash of cayenne pepper (if using) to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • STEP 2 – PREPARE THE HAM: Sprinkle 1/2 cup of brown sugar on the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the ham, cut side down, in the slow cooker and top with the glaze.
  • STEP 3 – COOK: Set the slow cooker on low for 3-4 hours. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your ham.

How Do You Know When Ham Is Done?

Cured, smoked or baked ham is considered pre-cooked, so technically it doesn’t need to be cooked before eating. However, most of us do like our ham dinner warm, which is why we either cook the ham in the oven or like in this case, a slow cooker.

Fresh ham or uncooked ham needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, which is also recommended for the above mentioned hams, even though they would be safe to eat.

Making sure that the ham is warmed through when you take it out of the oven is a good place to start, then you can take the temperature before letting it rest.

Sliced ham with glaze and a serving fork


Try using pineapple jelly, apricot preserves and even apple flavored jelly for the glaze. You can also switch up the flavors by using dijon mustard or stone ground mustard.

Adding fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or bay leaves also adds a delicious flavor to this Crock Pot Ham. If you don’t want a strong herb flavor you can simply garnish your platter with a few sprigs of herbs.

spiral sliced ham on serving platter with rosemary

How To Store Leftover Ham

Let the sliced ham cool down and them wrap it tightly in aluminum foil, an air tight container or a resealable bag in the refrigerator.

Ham will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or you can freeze ham for another meal for up to 3 months.

Leftover Ham Recipes

There are so many recipes that you can make with leftover ham, and we have a TON of them here for you! From cozy, hearty soups to pasta dishes to a breakfast quiche or casserole!

sliced, glazed ham on a serving platter with rosemary and serving fork

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sliced ham on a platter with serving utensils and rosemary

Crock Pot Ham

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

This Crock Pot Ham recipe is as easy as it is delicious! Just 5 minutes of prep and you’ll have a dinner that feeds a crowd for parties and holidays!



  • 810 pound spiral sliced ham
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 18 ounce jar peach preserves
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)


  1. Pour 1/2 cup of brown sugar into the bottom of a 7-8 quart slow cooker. Like you see here, our ham is slightly larger than our crock pot, so if you have a larger slow cooker definitely go ahead and use that. Even if your ham doesn’t quite fit, simply cover the ham with a couple of layers of aluminum foil, sealing tightly around the rim of the slow cooker. The aluminum foil will act as a lid, helping to keep the heat and moisture in the slow cooker.
  2. Remove the ham from the packaging, discarding the glaze packet, and place the ham on top of the brown sugar in the slow cooker flat side down.
  3. Mix the ingredients together for the glaze and pour over the ham. Cover with the lid, or use aluminum foil if necessary, and set your slow cooker on low for 3-4 hours. The cooking time will depend on how large your ham is, our 9 pound spiral sliced ham was done on high in 3 hours. On high heat a 9 pound ham will likely be ready in 2 to 2 1/2 hours, just make sure that it’s warm all the way through.
  4. Remove the ham from the crock pot and place onto a cutting board. Use a knife to cut the slices from the bone and place onto a platter. Spoon the glaze and juices from the slow cooker onto the top of the ham and/or serve on the side.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftover ham that’s been cooled down in a resealable bag, an air tight container, or tightly wrapped in aluminum foil in the refrigerator. Leftover ham will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheat: The easiest way to reheat leftover ham is in the microwave, or if you need to reheat a larger quantity of ham, place in a baking dish topped with some of the glaze. Wrap with foil and place in the oven at 350 until warmed through. 

Freeze: Wrap ham in foil and then place into a resealable freezer bag for easy storage. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost the ham overnight in the refrigerator and then warm up per the instructions above.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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