This Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Ham recipe with brown sugar pineapple glaze is delicious and easy to cook using your slow cooker! Since oven space is always limited during the holidays, this is the perfect way to cook your ham.
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This slow cooker ham recipe is an easy ham recipe using precooked ham. This dish is simple to make and includes a soda and pineapple glaze that gives it an amazing flavor.
Cooking ham in the crock pot with Dr. Pepper is a great way to make delicious ham that is cooked perfectly. And all you need is a few simple ingredients. So if you’re looking for something different to try this holiday season, everyone will love this recipe.
Perfect Ham for Holidays or Anytime
This Dr. Pepper (or Mr. Pibb) brown sugar pineapple ham is perfect for any holiday or special occasion, but it’s also easy to make for any weeknight meal. And since it’s made in the slow cooker, it frees up your oven for other dishes.
I love this recipe because it’s not your typical ham recipe. Most brown sugar pineapple crockpot hams are cooked with a sweet or savory glaze, but this one has a unique flavor thanks to the Dr. Pepper soda.
The pineapple also adds a lovely sweetness and helps to keep the ham moist and juicy. The delicious glaze is superb in taste and flavor, which makes this glazed ham recipe over the top!
The key to this recipe is using precooked ham. The ham is already pre-cooked, so you’re just heating it up in the slow cooker. This cuts down on cooking time and ensures that your ham will be nice and moist.
This slow-cooker ham recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd! And leftovers make great sandwiches too! Try our making leftover ham sandwiches using our sandwich recipe.
What is the best liquid to cook the ham in?
The best liquid to cook the ham in is Dr. Pepper, but you can also use other sodas(or pop!) like Mr. Pibb, Cherry Coke, or root beer.
Brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and pineapple juice are key ingredients in the glaze that give this ham its delicious flavor.
Ingredients for cooking Ham in Crock Pot with Dr Pepper
- Bone-in fully cooked ham – I recommend a spiral cut ham
- Dr. Pepper – can substitute with Mr. Pibb, Cherry Coke, or root beer
- Brown sugar
- Dijon mustard
- Pineapple juice
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How to cook Ham in a Crock Pot
Note: For plenty of extra glaze to use on top of the cooked ham, double pineapple juice, brown sugar, and Dr. Pepper mixture in the recipe. Use half of the glaze for cooking the ham, and save the other half for drizzling over the cooked ham once it’s done.
Cook the ham. Pour the glaze over the ham in the pot of the slow cooker. If your ham is spiral sliced, put the glaze between the slices.
Cook the ham on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 145ºF. I recommend checking the temperature every 2 hours, if possible, to prevent the ham roast from overcooking.
Ready to serve. Take the ham out of the slow cooker and cover it with foil. Drizzle the ham with the leftover cola mixture. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- Dr. Pepper – can substitute with diet Coke, Sprite, or 7-Up
- Brown sugar – swap with molasses or honey
- Pineapple juice – can swap with apple cider or orange juice
- Dijon mustard – can use yellow mustard or honey mustard
- Add spices – like cloves, allspice, or nutmeg.
- Sweeter glaze – use more brown sugar.
- Spicier glaze – add some cayenne pepper or black pepper.
How to Serve Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ham
Storage and Reheating Instructions
Fridge: Ham will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days. Store the leftover glaze in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Reheat in the microwave before using.
Freezer: Ham can be frozen for up to four months. Make sure to wrap it tightly in a freezer-safe wrap. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Reheat: You can reheat individual slices of ham in the microwave on high power for 30-60 seconds or until warmed. You can also reheat the ham in a 350ºF oven, covered with foil, until warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to keep the ham from drying out is to cook it in a slow cooker with some liquid, like Dr. Pepper. You could also cook the ham in a covered roasting pan with some water or broth in the bottom.
If you’re cooking the ham on the stovetop, ensure you add enough liquid to cover it and watch it carefully, so it doesn’t boil dry. Basting the ham with the pan juices or a little additional liquid will also help keep it moist.
If your ham turns out mushy, it’s likely because it was overcooked. When cooking ham, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
It should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145ºF. It will start to dry out and become tough if it gets much above that.
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Dr Pepper Ham in Slow Cooker
- Crock Pot or slow cooker
- Microwave safe bowl – for mixing the glaze
- foil – for covering the ham
- 5-8 lb bone-in fully cooked ham I recommend a spiral cut ham
- 10 oz Dr. Pepper (can substitute with Mr. Pibb, Cherry Coke, or root beer)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, any brand
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- Stir together the sugar, Dr. Pepper, mustard, and pineapple juice in a small, microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. (*see notes about doubling ham glaze for later use)
- Place ham in the pot of the slow cooker. Pour the the glaze over the ham. If your ham is spiral sliced, be sure the glaze gets between the slices.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until ham, reaches an internal temperature of 145º. I recommend checking the internal temperature of the ham every 2 hours as different slow cookers can vary with cooking times.
- Remove ham from the slow cooker and tent with foil. Drizzle ham with leftover cola mixture. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.