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Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze

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This is the EASIEST Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe, just two-ingredients plus the ham! Perfect for the Holidays, and it won’t take up space in your oven.

This is the EASIEST Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe, just two-ingredients plus the ham! Perfect for the Holidays, and it won't take up space in your oven.Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze

This recipe was inspired from my oven baked Apricot-Rum Spiralized Ham which is also delicious! I wanted to make a slow cooker version, without the rum and loved how this turnout out, plus there’s no need to cook the glaze, just mix it and brush it on.

When it comes to leftover ham it’s always great in soups, omelets, beans, fried rice and just about anything you want to add flavor to. I made an awesome Leftover Ham Bone Soup with the leftover bone which I highly recommend (so save the bone)!

This is the EASIEST Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe, just two-ingredients plus the ham! Perfect for the Holidays, and it won't take up space in your oven.

Spiral Ham is by far the easiest Holiday addition to any table because it’s already cooked when you buy it, so all you have to do is make a glaze and heat it up.

If your ham comes with a glaze packet, toss it out, making this simple glaze instead which will taste much better than the questionable ingredients in the packet that comes with the ham.

When buying ham, I look for uncured, hormone and antibiotic free pork. It’s not a must to make this recipe, but certainly an option.

Tips for making ham in the slow cooker:

  • When making ham in a slow cooker, I recommend a large 6 quart oval slow cooker and a smaller ham to make sure it fits and you can put the lid on.
  • You may have to turn the ham on it’s side if too large, or cut some of the ham off if it doesn’t close.
  • A 6 to 7 pound ham should fit just fine in a 6 quart oval slow cooker.
Leftover ham is always great in soups, omelets, beans, fried rice and just about anything you want to add flavor to. I made an awesome Leftover Ham Bone Soup with the leftover bone which I highly recommend (so save the bone)!
And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

For more leftover ham recipes you might like:

Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze

4.50 from 6 votes
5
Cals:145
Protein:15
Carbs:12
Fat:7
This is the EASIEST Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe, just two-ingredients plus the ham! Perfect for the Holidays, and it won't take up space in your oven.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This is the EASIEST Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe, just two-ingredients plus the ham! Perfect for the Holidays, and it won't take up space in your oven.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 5 mins
Yield: 16
Serving Size: 3 ounces

Ingredients

  • 1 6 to 7 pound Hickory smoked fully cooked spiral cut ham
  • 5 tbsp apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Make the glaze: Whisk 4 tablespoons of preserves and mustard together.
  • Place the ham in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker, making sure you can put the lid on. You may have to turn the ham on its side if your ham is too large.
  • Brush the glaze over the ham. Cover and cook on the LOW setting for 4 to 5 hours. Brush the remaining tablespoon of preserves over the ham in the last 30 minutes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3 ounces, Calories: 145 kcal, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 55 mg, Sodium: 851 mg, Sugar: 11 g

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55 comments on “Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze”

  1. Was in a hurry at the store and accidentally grabbed orange preserves. Do you think it’ll be ok?? Or shall I make another quick trip? 

  2. No bone in the pork, right? Never cooked spiral ham so not sure if that’s even an option. 🙂 

    Our oven just broke two days before Christmas so this is perfect! Any side dishes that you would suggest that don’t require the oven? 

  3. Gina, what crockpot/slow cooker do you recommend. The one I have leaves a bad metallic taste in the food. And I’m not 100% convinced about using a instant pot, because I heard you can’t add things in the middle of cooking.

  4. Hi Gina! Thanks for the recipe, I was wondering if you have any recommendations for sides on this dish? Thanks a lot 😉

    1. I’m making potatoes au gratin and creamed peas with pearl onions to go with mine today. I usually make scalloped potatoes but I wanted a cheesy sauce this year. And as it’s Christmas, points be damned! 😀

  5. To Gina, or anyone who has made this and loved it: I used a spiral ham that was flavored with brown sugar and other flavors, which I did not know until I opened.  This was so tender when cooked per Gina’s directions, but we did not love the taste.  I want to be fair in my judgment, and feel pretty confident this was due to my ham being flavored.  I do not cook a lot of ham, and am wondering if there is a spiral ham that comes without the seasonings/flavors.  I would like to give this another shot.  Thank you.

    1. All hams are not equal, I have purchased many and they all taste different depending on how they are smoked, etc.

      1. Thanks you, Gina, for your reply.  I will try this again and repost when I do.  We are big fans of yours!

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    Ronda Ballinger

    Completely dried out the ham. Better to heat in foil in the oven for an hour or two. Ruined the dinner. And I followed the directions with the shorter time.

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      Sarah Stargell

      I had the same problem! Completely dried out and fell apart I tiny bits in the Crock-Pot. Soooo disappointed for Christmas dinner.

  7. Husband approved!  Thanks Gina for another great recipe.  You reference a soup that you’re making the next day (was that the red pepper soup???) – I didn’t see a reference for a ham bone.

    1. I go to Wild By Nature, and buy what they carry. Whole Foods would be a great option. The brand I bought was Prarie Grove Farms.

  8. I’m confused “When buying ham, I look for uncured, hormone and antibiotic free pork. It’s a must to make this recipe, but certainly an option.” Is it a must or an option???? Thanks

      1. It is illegal to use hormones in the production of pork in the US, so technically any ham you pick up would be “hormone free”, jsyk.

  9. Are these the new freestyle points? Also how will we know when the other recipes have been updated to the new freestyle points?