Slow Cooker Pineapple Citrus Glazed Ham

A good and juicy ham can make all the difference on your holiday table. Whether this easy orange and pineapple glazed ham is baked or done in my crockpot, it has always turned out so soft and juicy for me! I like to buy ham on sale over the holidays, simply so that I can use this citrus and pineapple glaze on it. The leftovers also make excellent ham sliders or ham and cheese sandwich melts. I also like to freeze the extra cooked ham to have on hand for a quick dinner entree on a busy day. Keep scrolling below the recipe for more notes and photos!

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Citrus glazed ham

Slow cooker Pineapple Citrus Glazed Ham

marilynpeight
This ham is slow cooked with a delightful pineapple citrus glaze and is so nice and tender every time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 7-8 lb. Smoked and precooked Butt portion ham (see note on spiral ham below)
  • 1/4 cup butter salted
  • 20 oz. canned pineapple rings Reserve 3/4 cup juice.
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Remove the pineapple rings from the can and refrigerate until later, and reserve 3/4 cup of the juice. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then stir in pineapple juice and orange juice, brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon. Stir well to combine and bring to a light boil over medium high heat.
  • While the juice mixture is coming to a boil, create a slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water, then stir into the boiling pineapple citrus mixture and continue stirring until the glaze has thickened and the brown sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place the ham into 7-8 quart crockpot and score a diamond pattern into the fat and skin, being careful not to cut into the meat (this ensures the glaze can soak into the ham for extra flavor while cooking, but is optional).
  • Pour the glaze over the prepped ham and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the center of the ham reaches 140 degrees. Once the ham is fully cooked you can grill the pineapple slices on a griddle or panini grill and use as a garnish on the carved ham/ham slices (optional). More notes and photos below.

Notes

If using a spiralized ham be sure to reduce the cooking time to about 1/3-1/2 the time. Spiralized hams will cook and dry out faster than non-spiralized hams as shown in the recipe. 
Keyword Pineapple citrus glazed ham, Easy, Slow Cooker
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Recipes to use up leftovers of this pineapple citrus glazed ham and side dishes for the ham :

I like to serve this ham with Amish style mashed potatoes or steak house sweet potatoes! Another great way to use up leftover ham is to make breakfast hash.

Ingredients needed for this pineapple citrus glazed ham made in the crockpot: Smoked ham (butt portion), cornstarch, pineapple juice plus rings for garnish, orange juice, brown sugar, ground cloves, cinnamon and butter.

Note*

If using a spiral ham with this glaze, you may need to halve the cooking time, because spiral hams tend to cook faster and will dry out if over-cooked.

Step 1: Remove the pineapple rings from the can and refrigerate until later, and reserve 3/4 cup of the juice. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then stir in pineapple juice and orange juice, brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon. Stir well to combine and bring to a light boil over medium high heat.

Step 2: While the juice mixture is coming to a boil, create a slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water, then stir into the boiling pineapple citrus mixture and continue stirring until the glaze has thickened and the brown sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 3: Place the ham into 7-8 quart crockpot and score a diamond pattern into the fat and skin, being careful not to cut into the meat (this ensures the glaze can soak into the ham for extra flavor while cooking, but is optional).

Step 4: Pour the glaze over the prepped ham and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the center of the ham reaches 140 degrees. Once the ham is fully cooked you can grill the pineapple slices on a griddle or panini grill and use as a garnish on the carved ham/ham slices (optional). More notes and photos below.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Citrus glazed ham
Juicy slow cooker ham with an easy Pineapple and citrus glaze.

Are the pineapple rings necessary?

You could omit the grilled pineapple rings if you are short on time or prefer to keep the ham plain. I always add the grilled pineapple slices to my citrus and pineapple glazed ham because my toddlers love them and it encourages them to eat a little extra fruit in the process, plus the grilled pineapple rings add a nice touch if serving this ham for a holiday dinner or for guests.

Storage options for this pineapple citrus glazed ham:

Because a large ham butt is a lot of meat for a family of four like mine, I like to freeze the extra ham in airtight containers to pull out for a quick dinner main (see recipes to use up this leftover ham above). You can also refrigerate the leftovers for 3-5 days before reheating.

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