A great tasting moist honey glazed ham from your crock pot and you don’t need to eat ham for a week. This two-pound boneless ham is just the right size for the smaller household.
Editor’s Note: Originally Published March 19, 2016. Updated with expanded discussion and updated photos.
We all want a great honey glazed ham, but in the smaller household, this is a big issue. Most hams are in the 8+ pound range. That is 16 servings and a ham bone soup (see my Crock Pot Ham Bone Soup). But what to do if you don’t need that much ham?
It is hard to name an inspiration piece for this recipe since I read so many recipes and combined, but probably the most informative was Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Holiday Dinner from the Crock Pot! At Five Heart Home.
I started with a quarter of a boneless ham. You have seen them in the meat department. Not very appetizing looking is it? I have usually used them for salad toppings diced up.
A quarter boneless ham runs about 2 to 2 1/4 pounds, which makes 4 good size servings. Just right for the smaller household.
A nice solid 4. Much better than just heating it up, lots more moisture and taste.
Pro Tips: Notes on Crock Pot Honey Glazed Ham
What is a Boneless Ham?
Boneless ham comes in two varieties. The first is pieces of ham pressed together. That is a canned or deli ham. Not necessarily bad but this is not what we are discussing.
The second type of boneless ham will come shaped like an oval and come sealed in plastic. You can buy a whole, half or quarter ham. So great for smaller households that don’t want to eat ham for a week.
They really are an actual ham with the bone cut out. They are already fully cooked and ready to eat. They are brined and salted like bone-in hams which makes them hard to get wrong.
What size of ham to buy?
For a holiday meal, plan about 1/2 pound of boneless ham per person. For a bone-in ham, you should plan for 3/4 to 1 pound of ham per person.
Since this is “cooking for two” I went for the 2.2 pound quarter boneless ham.
Why Cook the Ham?
It is perfectly safe just to cut the ham and eat it. But you want more, especially for a holiday meal. So we are adding big-time taste and moisture — worth the little trouble.
Can I do a bigger ham?
If you want to go for the 4 pounds half ham, I would keep pineapple the same and up the other ingredients by about 50%. That should take about 4 hours. The crock pot I used was 3.5 quart. I believe this would be fine in a bigger pot.
Prep a small crock pot with a good coat of PAM. Place 8 oz can of crushed pineapple in the bottom the crock pot.
Brush the ham with a generous amount of honey, about 1-2 tablespoons.
Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, cinnamon, and dry mustard. Pack the brown sugar mixture on the ham.
Move the ham cut side down to the crock pot on top of the pineapple. Pile any remaining brown sugar on top of the ham. Cook for approximately 3 hours on low.
At about 2 hours into cooking, spoon some of the pineapple solution on top of the ham. Cook to an internal temp of 140-150. Your time may vary some due to the difference in crock pots and size of the ham.
Remove from crock pot and allow to set for 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with some of the pineapple solution.
Originally Published March 19, 2016
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