This is a recipe for slow cooker ham with pineapple juice, brown sugar, red wine, and honey. It turns out tender and juicy with lots of flavors. I will show you how to cook spiral ham without drying it out!
Ham is my favorite main dish for Thanksgiving and Easter. It comes out with more flavor than a turkey or roasted chicken. But I prefer it to be a sweeter Crockpot ham with pineapple juice, brown sugar, honey, and red wine.
It turns the juice into a tasty glaze for the ham and it’s so tender when it’s slow-cooked. The flavors are absorbed into the slices of ham and it turns out really juicy!
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Pineapple Ham
- Cured and Precooked Bone-In Spiral Cut Ham (Boneless ham can be used as well)
- Pineapple Juice
- Brown Sugar
- Red Wine (We like Lambrusco for ham.)
Choosing a Ham
The ham for this recipe has been cured and precooked prior to placing it in the slow cooker.
If your ham says “fresh ham” it is likely not cured or cooked. An uncooked ham needs to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit during the cooking process in order to be safe for eating.
A ham that is pre-cooked simply needs to be heated through to the center, but in this recipe we also want it to be very tender so that the meat falls off the bone.
While this is a recipe for sliced ham, an unsliced one can be used as well. The flavors do not get a chance to really penetrate the inside of the ham, however.
Appliances for Slow Cooker Ham
Be sure that you have a Crockpot or slow cooker large enough to hold an 8-10 pound ham. I used a 6-quart crockpot for this recipe.
I’ve also tested this recipe in a Ninja Foodi 8-quart 9-in-1 and a 6-quart Instant Pot, using the slow cooker setting on both of them. It worked perfectly in both of these appliances. I placed the lids on and left the vent open while cooking for the same times listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple
It’s really easy to put together!
- Remove the ham from the wrapper and netting. Remove any plastic pieces that may be on the ham.
- How to make pineapple brown sugar glaze for ham: Add the brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, and wine to the crock pot. Stir until well blended. It will make a delicious glaze as it cooks.
- Place the ham in the crock pot and ladle the pineapple mixture over the ham.
- Pull some of the slices of ham apart and pour the mixture in between the layers.
- Cover with the lid. For cooking on a high heat setting, cook for 4-6 hours.
- To cook on a low heat setting, set the timer for 8-10 hours.
- Optional: if you like pineapple slices, they can be added to the ham during the cooking process.
- To serve the ham, remove the bone from the center. It will be fall-off-the-bone ready.
Best Side Dishes for Ham
- Bacon, Mushrooms, and Green Beans – Oh my!
- Cheesy Potatoes
- Classic Deviled Eggs
- Garlic Bread Stuffing
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots
- Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
How long does cooked ham last in the refrigerator?
It can last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
For freezing, it can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3-4 months.
How to Reheat Cooked Ham
Use a roasting pan with a rack and add water to the bottom of the pan to prevent drying out. Place the ham in the roasting pan on the rack and cover it with aluminum foil to retain the moisture inside. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes per pound of ham.
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Slow Cooker Pineapple Ham
- 8-10 pounds Cured and Precooked Bone-In Spiral Cut Ham, Boneless can be used as well
- 46 ounce Can of Pineapple Juice
- 1 ½ cups Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Honey
- ½ cup Red Wine, We like Lambrusco
- Remove wrapper and any netting that may be around the ham.
- Add pineapple juice, brown sugar, honey, and red wine to slow cooker and mix well. Place ham in the slow cooker. Ladle the juice mixture on top of the ham. Pull the slices of ham apart and pour mixture between the layers.
- Place the lid on and set on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. As it cooks, occasionally ladle juices over top of the ham or rotate it so that all of the layers cook in the liquid.Optional: if you like pineapple slices, they can be added to the ham during the cooking process. I recommend searing them lightly before placing on the ham.
- To serve, remove the bone from the center of the ham. It will be fall-off-the-bone ready.
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