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Easy Easter Ham

Smoky, Sweet and DELICIOUS Easter Ham that doesn’t take up your oven for the WHOLE DAY! This EASY Easter Ham will have your family licking their plates clean! 

The edge of three pieces of ham on a gray plate with a napkin and the handle of a fork

Easy Easter Ham is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. You might want to consider this recipe for how to bake a perfect spiral ham without drying it out or even Country ham.

Why This Recipe Works

  • It takes advantage of other cooking outlets on your most busy cooking day
  • Dr. Pepper is the PERFECT accompaniment for ham!
  • The glaze is THE BEST! 

Here’s How Easy Easter Ham is Done…

STEP 1. Remove the ham from the plastic wrap and set it into the crockpot. Put the ham fat side up. 

Easy Easter ham wrapped in store package with price sticker

STEP 2. In a pan on the stovetop, heat the sauce ingredients together until everything is melted together. 

heating the sauce ingredients in pan with wooden spoon

STEP 3. Cut a hash pattern into the fat on the top of the ham and pour the sauce over the top making sure that some of the sauce gets down into the cuts. Set crockpot on low

pouring the sauce over the ham in the crockpot

STEP 4. Baste the ham with some of the sauce from the bottom of the crockpot several times throughout the day if possible. After 8 hours a 4-5 lb ham will be ready. Adjust time based on size of ham.

sugar packed on top of ham in crockpot

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for Easy Easter Ham

Why Is Ham the Traditional Easter Dinner? 

  • The Short Answer:  Because it is IN SEASON!  Pigs are traditionally slaughtered in the cold fall and the ham (having been cured over the winter) is ready in the Spring! 
  • The reason I serve ham at Easter is because it feeds a crowd and we ALWAYS have a crowd for Easter Dinner! 
  • Lamb is another traditional dinner and I urge you to check out these Lamb Shanks! YUM! So perfect and they make their own gravy!

What Is the Best Ham for Easter? 

A spiral cut ham or a bone in ham or smoked picnic ham is the best ham for Easter. You’ll need to plan on about ⅓ to ½ pound per person you plan to invite PLUS a pound to account for the bone and fat. So, for 8 people you’ll want to buy a 5 lb (about) ham.

The ham I used for this post was 4.5 lbs and I had 8 people for dinner (several very big eaters) and there wasn’t a single bite left. Mr Loaves and Dishes reports that he cleaned the platter “like a buzzard”. So, there’s that. 

Can I Cook the Ham The Day Before Easter? 

Yes, you absolutely CAN cook the ham the day before and then refrigerate overnight. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it in the crock pot while you are doing everything else for the holiday!

Plus, bonus, it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. 

Do You Have To Cook the Ham If Its Fully Cooked? 

  • You don’t have to cook a fully cooked ham. Most hams you find at the grocery ARE fully cooked and cured already that is what makes them a “ham”. 
  • You do NOT have to cook a fully cooked ham, but you will want to warm it thoroughly which is what you are doing with this recipe! 

How Do You Warm Up A Fully Cooked Ham? 

To warm up a fully cooked ham, follow the instructions in the recipe card below and you will have a FABULOUS ham! 

Why Is My Ham Tough? 

If your ham is tough, it might be that you have overcooked it. Remember that you are just WARMING a fully cooked ham up and it’s easy to overdo it. Be sure to baste the ham while it cooks! 

Overcooked ham tends to be dry, chewy and tough.

crockpot heating

TIPS and TRICKS for Easy Easter Ham

  • Make sure to cook your ham with the fatty side facing UP! Then as it cooks, some of that fat will melt and slide over the meat to give it terrific flavor!
  • Baste your ham as it cooks this helps keep it moist and flavorful. 
  • You’ll want to make sure that your crockpot is large enough for your ham. It takes a larger crockpot. I’ve put a link to the size that I use for a 4-5 lb ham. 
  • When buying ham, plan for ⅓ – ½ lb per person and then add another full pound overall for the bone and the fat that is on the ham. So, ham for 6 people would be 3 lb plus 1 lb = at least a 4 lb ham.
  • Before you start, be sure you know what Divided in a Recipe Means

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Easy Easter Ham

Smoky, Sweet and DELICIOUS Holiday Ham that doesn’t take up your oven for the WHOLE DAY! This EASY Easter Ham will have your family licking their plates clean!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot ham with cola, Easter Ham
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 827kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 5 lb Picnic Shoulder Ham
  • 1 Can Dr. Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic in oil
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar divided
  • 2 tbs grain mustard
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 1 Tbs Onion Powder

Instructions

  • Cut a hash pattern on the fat side of the ham.
  • Place the ham into the crockpot
  • In a sauce pan or frying pan on the stove top over medium heat, heat the can of Dr. Pepper, butter, garlic, ½ cup of the brown sugar, the chipotle powder, mustard and onion powder until the butter has melted and the Dr. Pepper mix over the top of the ham, making sure that some of it get’s down into the hash pattern that you have cut.
  • Take the remaining ½ Cup of brown sugar and pat it gently into the hash pattern on the top of the ham. (If you accidentally used all of the brown sugar in the sauce, no worries. Either leave this part off or pack another ½ cup on top of the ham - which is what I recommend).
  • Put the lid on the crockpot and set it on low. Cook for 6-8 hours. Every 3 hours, baste the ham with the juices from the bottom of the slow cooker.

Notes

  • Make sure to cook your ham with the fatty side facing UP! Then has it cooks, some of that fat will melt and slide over the meat and give it terrific flavor!
  • Baste your ham as it cooks this helps keep it moist and flavorful.
  • You’ll want to make sure that your crockpot is large enough for your ham. It takes a larger crockpot. I’ve put a link to the size that I use for a 4-5 lb ham.
  • When buying ham, plan for ⅓ - ½ lb per person and then add another full pound overall for the bone and the fat that is on the ham. So, ham for 6 people would be 3 lb plus 1 lb = at least a 4 lb ham.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Easter Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 827 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 183mg61%
Sodium 3447mg144%
Potassium 868mg25%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 62g124%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wanda

Friday 10th of April 2020

I haven't made this yet but it looks and sounds scrumptious! I am curious as to how to warm up a cooked ham if it was cooked the day before. It says in your notes that it is listed below but I could not find it.

Love your recipes! I had to load more paper in my printer because I have printed off so many of them.

Blessings to you!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 11th of April 2020

So to warm up precooked ham from the day before, place some in a baking dish, put a few tablespoons of water in the dish. Place your ham slices into the dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 15th of November 2019

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