November 16, 2015

Maple Crock Pot Ham Recipe

This Maple Crock Pot Ham recipe delivers up tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!

Maple Crock Pot Ham ~ tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!

One of my husband's favorite things to eat is a nice juicy ham.  Believe me, he can devour a ham in no time.  With the encouraging words of my mother-in-law, I recently mastered the art of ham baking ... And she's right, there's really nothing to it.

But you know what?

There's even less to preparing a ham in the crock pot!

Cooking a ham in the slow cooker truly couldn't be any easier.  And the result is very tender, juicy meat infused with the flavors of the cooking liquid.  Our cooking liquid of choice ~ pure maple syrup.  Yes, this Maple Crock Pot Ham recipe is the newest to join our ham recipe arsenal.

And as I said, there's really nothing to preparing this truly-flavorful, tender slow cooker ham.  The toughest part is buying the ham, as you have to keep in mind the size of your crock pot.  Look for a ham on the smaller side, approximately 4 to 6 pounds depending on your crock pot shape and size.  Then simply place the ham in the crock pot, pour in a flavorful cooking liquid ... like maple syrup, ... and then let it cook for several hours.

That's it!  No really ... that's it.

Maple Crock Pot Ham ~ tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!

For this Maple Crock Pot Ham recipe, I whisk up a mixture of pure maple syrup, unsweetened applesauce, and a touch of cinnamon for the cooking liquid.  I'm partial to dark, rich Grade B maple syrup for its robust, deep maple flavor ... but any pure maple syrup works fine.

Maple Crock Pot Ham ~ tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!

The result?

Tender, juicy ham infused with a hint of the sweet, rich flavor of pure maple ... this Maple Crock Pot Ham recipe gives the ham a subtle sweetness, but not too sweet.  Of course, to enjoy more intense maple flavor simply give your ham slices a little drizzle of syrup on top.

Whether you like your ham with subtle-infused or intensely-drizzled maple flavor, this Maple Crock Pot Ham recipe is one you need to add to your ham recipe arsenal, for sure!  Truly, it couldn't be any easier ... or any more delicious.

Maple Crock Pot Ham ~ tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!
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Maple Crock Pot Ham Recipe
(Printable recipe)
  • 4 to 6 lb. fully cooked bone-in ham
  • 1/2 c. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Lightly spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Remove ham from packaging and discard any flavoring packet. Check end of bone for a plastic cap and, if present, discard. With a sharp knife, score skin & fat of the ham about 1/8-inch deep by making cuts about every 2 inches all the way across the ham {this allows flavor to more easily penetrate into the ham while cooking}. Place ham in crock pot.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, applesauce, and cinnamon. Pour maple mixture over ham.
  3. Place cover on crock pot. Cook ham for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 5 to 6 hours on LOW, until meat is tender and internal temperature reaches 140°F. Baste once with juices in the crock pot. {Do not baste repeatedly as removing the lid from the slow cooker drops the temperature and increases cooking time.}
  4. Remove ham to a serving platter or cutting board. Tent with foil to keep warm and allow to rest 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve. 
If desired, drizzle a tiny bit of warm maple syrup over ham slices for an added touch of maple sweetness!

Please enjoy these other scrumptious ham dishes from The Kitchen is My Playground ...

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Ham Salad

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach

Slow Cooker Ham & Kidney Bean Soup

Ham & Cheese Lasagna


  1. I've never thought of making ham in a crock pot, but your recipe looks delish!!!

    1. Thank you, Liz! Yes, I love the convenience of making ham in the crock pot ... it comes out so tender and juicy.

  2. I love this recipe because we love ham and I love my crock pot. Win-Win!

    1. This recipe is indeed a win-win, for sure. Super tasty, too!

  3. I never thought about making ham in the crockpot, but I am going to try this now! It sounds delicious!

  4. I love using the crock pot and it sure looks good Tracey!

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  5. Wishing you and your family a bountiful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. So I don't do holidays. But hams were on sale after Thanksgiving, and I wanted to have a bunch of food in the fridge to eat on throughout the week. So I made this. The smallest ham I could find was just over 6.5 pounds, which I figured was acceptable since it was all precooked and whatnot. I've never worked with a ham, or this much meat in general, before. It was awkward cutting up the outside due to the odd shape and the fact we don't have any surfaces other than baking pans bigger than a dinner plate that I could put this on. lol But I got the deed done, got it in the slow cooker, and drooled all over myself as I watched the meat falling off the bone as it cooked! We don't have the proper tools (not even tongs) to work with big pieces of meat, so I had to improvise to get the ham out. But I managed it! Didn't drop it or tear it apart or anything! I was rather proud of myself. :) And then... MAGIC. I don't know how you managed to slice your ham. Mine would have fallen apart if you sneezed on it! All I had to do was grab a hunk and pull it off. Almost no effort required. I was worried there'd be a bunch of meat hangin' on the bone that might go to waste, but NOPE. Not even a little bit. It was amazing. And it tasted SO GOOD. SO, SO, SO GOOD! And with so little effort! Thank you so much for this recipe! I just had some shredded over brown rice for dinner and it was amazing. We've also been shredding it and making sandwiches with it. SO GOOD! Thank you again! It's so good that it's nearly all gone when I just made it on Monday. And here I was worried some would go to waste... :) Silly me.

    1. Oh, Jessica, I'm sooo glad you enjoyed the ham and found the recipe so easy!! And I truly do appreciate you taking the time to leave me this wonderfully sweet comment. The ham really just turn out tender and juicy, doesn't it? I love the idea of shredding it over brown rice for dinner ... thank you for the idea! I'll definitely try that out the next time I make this crock pot ham.


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