This three ingredient Easy Crock Pot Ham will have you enjoying all your favorite ham dish recipes in no time flat.

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Recently my friends over at Indiana’s Family of Farmers challenged me to cook as many meals as I could for $50. As I was planning my menu and setting up my game plan, Miss Add asked me to whip up a new batch of my Freezer Breakfast Burritos and that got me thinking…


Fried Ham…Fried Ham… Cheese and Bologna… (anyone else sing that song at camp growing up?)

No, seriously now, I really started thinking about all the yummy dishes you could make with a good ham. And, since this ham would not be feeding a holiday crowd ahead of time, I was pretty sure I could get a whole lot of great dishes out of one ham and stay under my $50 budget.

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Now ham is not traditionally what I think of when I think of a budget restrained purchase because they can easily cash in at $25 if you aren’t careful. But I had a hunch that with a bit of looking I could find a good price and that ham could stretch my dollar in the long run. Immediately I decided I was going to get  a picnic ham instead of the more expensive spiral hams. Truth be told, I really very much prefer my hams non-spiraled– just ask Aunt Lou. Maybe it is nostalgia, but I really just enjoy cutting them myself.

I found a nice picnic ham for $1.88/lb and it really gave me a lot to work with… You will find picnics will be cheaper than traditional and spiraled hams because they have more skin,  fat and bone. But I had plans for all that 😉 So I didn’t mind that one bit.

Boy was I glad I decided to give it a try! My 9.5 lb ham made so many great dishes and we are still enjoying our month’s worth of freezer breakfast burritos! You can click over to my challenge post to see what all I made and get a grocery list.)

Easy Crock Pot Ham

But it all started with the ham. For my ham recipe, I just altered the recipe for Brown Sugar Holiday Ham from Gooseberry Patch’s Hometown Christmas Cookbook. I omitted the $8 a bottle pure maple syrup and decided to just use the pineapple juice from the pineapple slices I planned to use later in the week for another recipe along with the brown sugar.

The results were fantastic and the perfect base for all my yummy dishes. Now, I will probably still splurge with the maple syrup around the holidays, but this way was very good without the added expense.

(Note: If you want to cook your ham in the slow cooker, be mindful of size and shape. If your ham does not fit well enough to allow the lid to shut, you shouldn’t use your crock pot. That is EXACTLY what happened to Aunt Lou. So she cooked her ham in the oven.)

Shared on Weekend Potluck.

Easy Crock Pot Ham


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Super easy ham in a crock pot recipe!
  • 7- 9.5 lb Ham
  • Juice from 20 oz Can of Pineapple Rings
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  1. Place ham in slow cooker.
  2. Pour juice over top and pack ham with brown sugar.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours

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  • The Better Baker

    Thanks so much for sharing this great post at Weekend Potluck party. Sounds so yummy…..please come back again soon.

    • Cris

      Thanks! And thanks for dropping by!!

  • LaDonna

    I made this for my 87 yr old MOM – who adores ham; and she and I both loved it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cris

      So glad you guys liked it!

  • Anita Goodman

    I am going to try everyone of the “$50″ recipes. They all sound great and the breakfast burritos will be especially handy for fast breakfasts for my two big teenage grandsons who are always in a hurry. I do have one question though: What do you mean by “pack the ham with the brown suger?”

    • Cris

      So glad to hear that you are using all the recipes from the challenge!! Just press the brown sugar down on the top of the ham and it will melt over top of the ham as it cooks. Enjoy!

  • Sherlyn Smith

    Please put me on your email list. Thanks.

  • Judy

    do you trim any of the skin and fat off the ham before placing in crock pot?

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