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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Assemble ingredients as listed.
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 1-2: Melt butter, then add orange and pineapple juice, spices and brown sugar. bring to a boil, then add the cornstarch slurry. Stir over medium heat until the glaze has thickened.
Step 3: Pour glaze over ham and then cover and cook on low until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Slice to preference and enjoy!
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!
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