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This Coca-Cola Crock Pot Ham recipe makes the most tender, wonderfully sweet, and savory ham that’s perfect for serving as the centerpiece for any holiday or dinner celebration. It uses Coke and a pineapple glaze to create a mouthwatering and memorable dish that the entire family will love. Plus, it’s made with an easy pre-cooked ham in the slow cooker to free up oven space!
What are the Different Types of Ham?
Firstly, let’s start with “what are hams?” Hams are legs of pork preserved through smoking or curing (or both!).
- Wet curing uses salt, nitrates, sugar, and seasonings to preserve the ham. Curing is what flavors ham gives it that reddish-pink coloring.
- Dry-cured hams are rubbed with a mixture of salt, spices, and other ingredients producing a saltier ham. Dry curing takes several months, and as a result, the ham is usually drier and chewier – almost like a soft jerky. Probably not a good match with this coca-cola pineapple ham glaze!
After curing, hams are smoked in a smokehouse giving the meat added flavor and color. Smoking also provides an added measure of preservation.
Learn more about choosing the right ham and the proper method of preparing it here.
TFN TIP: find out what type of ham you have by checking the label on your ham. You’ll want the best ham for this Crockpot Ham with Coke recipe!
Here is a quick primer on the different types of ham:
City Ham vs. Country Ham
The primary difference between city ham and country ham is how the meat is cured. City hams are wet-cured and smoked. Country hams are dry-cured and smoked. Dry curing produces a saltier ham.
Shank End vs. Butt End
Shank end is the type of ham often served for Christmas or Easter dinners. The shank comes from the lower end of the leg. This cut has more fat and tends to be less tender.
The butt end is a leaner cut of ham. However, its name is a little misleading. Butt end ham comes from the upper end of the leg. It’s easy to cut because it has one main bone through the ham.
Boneless vs Bone-In Ham
A bone-in ham gets more flavoring from the bone and tends to be a more moist ham. Plus, the bone can be used in soups and beans as flavoring.
Boneless hams are processed with a uniform round, oval shape. These hams are slightly less flavorful but are easily sliced for serving.
For this Coca-Cola Ham in slow cooker recipe, you definitely want to use a wet cured ham – although the exact cut is up to you.
You can also find bone-removed hams. These hams have the bone removed without the processing that boneless hams go through.
Fully cooked vs. Partially cooked
Most hams are precooked or fully cooked (but check yours to be sure). Reheat them to an internal temperature of 145º Fahrenheit to avoid drying them out.
My favorite ham for this recipe is a precooked spiral-cut ham. Not only is it the easiest to serve, but it looks lovely on the table.
While it can be a challenge keeping precooked hams from drying out, re-cooking them in the Crock Pot with this cola mixture and pineapple glaze is ideal. The result is a wonderful moist, sweet, and tender ham that’s perfect for enjoying at any special occasion!
Ingredients You Need to Make Crock Pot Ham with Coke
A precooked ham works best in the Crockpot for this easy recipe. Again, my favorite is a spiral-cut for it’s easy of serving and lovely table presentation.
However, feel free to use your preferred type of ham as mentioned above. But a wet cured ham provides the best flavor!
And, of course, you need Coca-Cola for this Crock Pot Ham with Coke recipe. Otherwise, there are only 3 other ingredients to make the best slow cooker ham with a lovely pineapple glaze:
- Brown sugar
- Dijon mustard
- Pineapple juice
How to Cook A Ham In A Crock Pot
I love to make this Crock Pot Ham with Coke recipe for Christmas and Easter, or just about any big family meal. It is plenty to feed a crowd and looks so inviting and festive sitting on the table.
This main dish will seriously impress guests. But it’s also an incredibly easy “set it and forget it” slow cooker recipe. That means you’ll have more time for other things.
If you’re worried that if you cook a ham in a Crock Pot that it might dry out. No worries here! The marbling throughout the ham and the steam generated by the slow cooker ensures a tender, juicy ham.
Here are the few steps to follow to make the best Coca Cola and pineapple glazed ham:
- In a microwave-safe bowl combine all of the ingredients, except for the ham. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir.
- Meanwhile, place the precooked ham in the crock of your slow cooker. Once the glaze is ready, pour it over the ham to thoroughly coat.
- Cover and cook for HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 4-6 hours.
Remove roast from the Crock-Pot and transfer the ham to a plate. Drizzle some of the cola pineapple glaze mixture from the crock over the ham. Then cover loosely with foil while it rests for 10-15 minutes.
When cooking fully cooked hams, ensure they reach an internal temperature of 145º Fahrenheit before serving.
TFN Tip: For plenty of extra glaze to use on top of the ham, double the Coke and pineapple glaze mixture called for in this precooked ham in the Crockpot recipe. Use half of the glaze for cooking the ham. Save the rest of the glaze for drizzling over the cooked ham before serving.
If making an extra glaze for the Crock Pot Ham with Coke: Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with the cold mixture, heat in the microwave until bubbly, and then drizzle over the ham right before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a boneless ham, buy 1/4 to 1/3 pound per person. If purchasing a bone-in ham, you want 1/3 to 1/2 pound per person. Certainly it’s always better to have a bit too much than not quite enough!
Nearly any dark sugary soda is great for creating just the right caramelization… Therefore I recommend you try slow cooker ham with Dr. Pepper or root beer, Cherry Coke ham, or your favorite cola.
Keep cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Sliced pieces of ham can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in bags in the freezer for up to 4 months. Use leftovers to make this Ham & Brie Pull Apart Casserole.
What sides go well with this slow cooker Coca-Cola ham with pineapple glaze recipe?
Serve this sweet and smoky ham with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (a no-drain recipe), Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing, or roasted or steamed veggies for a satisfying dinner. And a side of Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls or Easy Drop Biscuits are perfect for Sunday suppers or celebrating the holidays!
Get the Recipe for Precooked Ham in the Crockpot Here:
Crock Pot Ham with Coke
- 5-8 lb bone-in fully cooked ham
- 10 oz Coca Cola
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, any brand
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- Stir together the sugar, cola, 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.
- Remove ham from the slow cooker and tent with foil. Drizzle ham with leftover cola mixture. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.