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Easy Thanksgiving Ham

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

Easy Thanksgiving 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.

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

Why This Recipe for Crockpot Ham with Coke. 

  • 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 Thanksgiving Ham Is Done

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

fingers pulling a label back on a ham

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

ingredients in a frying pan

 

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

crockpot heating

STEP 4. Pack the brown sugar on top of the ham and put the lid on the crockpot. 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) about Easy Thanksgiving Ham

What Is the Best Ham for Thanksgiving? 

A spiral cut ham or a bone in ham or smoked picnic ham is the best ham for Thanksgiving. 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. 

You’ll love a crockpot ham with coke recipe! Although I made mine with Dr. Pepper. 

Can I Cook the Ham The Day Before Thanksgiving? 

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. 

Crockpot ham with coke is the BEST! 

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

You don’t have to cook a fully cooked ham. Most of the hams you get at the grocery ARE fully cooked and cured already. Just look at the label. 

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 for Easy Thanksgiving 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! 

It’s also possible that your ham hasn’t been cooked long enough.

TIPS and TRICKS

  • 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.
  • Before you start, be sure you know what Divided in a Recipe Means

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Ya’ll Help Me Out OK? 

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Easy Thanksgiving Ham

Smoky, Sweet and DELICIOUS Holiday Ham that doesn’t take up your oven for the WHOLE DAY! This EASY Thanksgiving Ham will have your family licking their plates clean!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot ham with cola, Thanksgiving Ham
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 962kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 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.
  • Before you start, be sure you know what Divided in a Recipe Means.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Thanksgiving Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 962 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Fat 60g92%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 219mg73%
Sodium 4078mg170%
Potassium 1025mg29%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 74g148%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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