Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze

Learn how to make a slow cooker spiral ham with this delicious recipe! The ham slow cooks during your busy day and comes out with great flavor thanks to the tasty honey mustard ham glaze.

 
Slow Cooker spiral Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze

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The Best Slow Cooker Spiral Ham Recipe

Last Thanksgiving we hosted a big group at our house. Naturally, we made a TON of food. We roasted an Apple Cider Sage Brined Turkey. And smoked a Turkey.

But we also made this super easy, crowd-pleasing Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze. I wanted to share the recipe again, because I know many people don’t think about ham when it comes to Thanksgiving.

However,  if you’re looking for a simpler solution than roasting a turkey — I know it can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before! — this Crockpot spiral ham is a great option!

This slow cooker spiral ham with honey mustard glaze also works well when you want something a little smaller than a huge bird. Or if you want a lot of variety. Or maybe you just want to change up your Thanksgiving menu.

I love how this recipe just sits in the slow cooker for most of the day. I probably won’t ever make a ham in the oven again because this slow cooker ham is so easy and so good. The meat is really juicy and tender, and the whole house smells great.

The homemade honey mustard ham glaze makes such a difference and gives the meat amazing flavor!

Slow Cooker Spiral Ham Ingredients

All you’ll need for this easy slow cooker ham recipe and the honey mustard ham glaze is:

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Orange marmalade
  • Coarse mustard
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Spiral sliced ham
  • Cornstarch

How Much Ham Per Person?

For bone-in hams, you should plan on each person eating roughly 3/4 pound of meat. For boneless hams, round that estimate down to about 1/2 pound per person.

Slow Cooker spiral Ham with Honey Mustard ham Glaze

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How to Cook Ham in a Slow Cooker

Cooking ham in a slow cooker couldn’t be simpler! If you’re wondering how to cook spiral ham without drying it out, a slow cooker is the answer.

First, you’ll will combine all of the honey marmalade mustard glaze ingredients in a saucepan. Then, cook until the sugar is dissolved.

After you place the spiral sliced ham in the slow cooker, use a pastry brush to baste the ham all over with the glaze. Make sure you get the glaze not just on the outside, but also in between the spiral slices.

Then, the slow cooker does all the work for the next 6 – 8 hours. You can baste periodically if you like, every couple hours. That helps keep the ham from drying out, and makes it really flavorful.

Once the ham is done, remove it from the slow cooker. Place it on an oven safe platter. I like to thicken some of the cooking liquid with some cornstarch to make a really thick glaze.

After thickening the glaze, I baste that all over the top of the cooked ham. Place the glazed ham in the oven on broil until it gets nice and sticky. It makes the outside of the ham look really shiny and attractive.

You can also thicken and of the extra cooking liquid to serve alongside the ham at the table.

What to serve with Slow Cooker Ham

If you’re looking for holiday recipes to pair with this ham recipe, definitely take a look at the Thanksgiving Recipes and Christmas Recipes in the recipe index for some ideas. You can also check out my Thanksgiving Recipe and Planning Guide for even more holiday tips!

A few Thanksgiving sides my family loves to eat alongside this slow cooker spiral ham are:

How to Reheat Ham

You have a few options for reheating ham. You can either reheat it in a slow cooker, or in a 325 degree F oven. If reheating in the oven, you’ll want to bake it for roughly 10 minutes per pound of ham.

Can You Freeze Ham?

Yes, very easily! If you wind up with leftover ham, slice it up and wrap it in aluminum foil. Store the foil-wrapped ham packets in a freezer bag and freeze. I like to wrap the ham in foil first so it’s easy to take a little out at a time to thaw for sandwiches, soups, and more.

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Tips for Making Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

You’re welcome to buy a bone-in or boneless ham for this slow cooker ham recipe. Just make sure the ham is already spiral cut, as that can be a little tricky to do yourself.

Make sure to use the full amount of honey and sugar called for in the honey mustard ham glaze. Now’s not the time to cut back on the amount of sugar in your food. You need all the sugar in the glaze to create a beautifully sticky coating on the ham.

If you don’t have space in your oven to broil the slow cooker spiral ham just before serving it, that’s fine. You technically don’t need to broil the ham, I just prefer doing it to help the edges crisp up.

More Thanksgiving Recipes:

This Rosemary Beer Brined Smoked Turkey is a favorite at our house! It takes a little extra time to prepare, but it’s worth the effort.

If you do make a turkey this year, here’s everything you need to know about making Homemade Turkey Gravy. It’s simple to prepare, and way better than anything store-bought.

Does your family make special drinks to accompany your turkey dinner? If not, you should! Start with this Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider Mulled Wine. It tastes like fall in a cup!

Skip the store-bought Hawaiian rolls this year, and make a batch of Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls instead. They’re easy to make, and they pair wonderfully with any Thanksgiving dish.

For dessert, whip up a batch of Pumpkin Pudding or an Apple Crisp. Both are easy to prepare and everyone loves them!

What’s your favorite dish to enjoy over the holidays?

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Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze

Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Learn how to make a slow cooker ham with this delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze. The ham slow cooks during your busy day and comes out with great flavor thanks to the tasty glaze.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Orange Marmalade Jam
  • 2 tablespoons Coarse Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 8 lb. Spiral Sliced Ham
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons Cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, orange marmalade jam, coarse mustard, and spicy brown mustard.
  2. Cook over medium low heat, while whisking, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the spiral sliced ham inside the crock of a large slow cooker (or electric roaster).
  5. Using a pastry brush, baste the ham on all sides, making sure to pour some of the glaze in between the layers.
  6. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6 - 8 hours, basting every 2 hours if desired.
  7. After the ham has cooked for 6 - 8 hours, remove it from the slow cooker and transfer it to an oven safe platter.
  8. Preheat the broiler.
  9. Remove 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker and transfer it to a small saucepan.
  10. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Whisk in the cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired thickness is achieved.
  12. Then, brush the thickened glaze over the outside of the ham and in between the layers.
  13. Place the oven safe ham in the oven on the second to lowest rack.
  14. Cook under the broiler and broil for 5 - 10 minutes, or until the glaze is thick and shiny.
  15. Remove from the oven and serve.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 497 Total Fat 16g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 194mg Carbohydrates 23g Fiber 0g Protein 67g
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