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Don't laugh! You will be amazed at the results! Not having the ham in the oven frees up a lot of space during the holidays, so I prefer to cook my ham in the crockpot. I typically make this the week before a holiday so that we have something at all times for meals. You'd be amazed at how far I can make a ham go.


  • 1-½ pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup of blackstrap molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cloves
  • 8-10 lb. bone-in ham (you can also use a spiral cut but I prefer whole. Read my note)

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Have enough on hand to make a second batch if needed. 

Place ham in the crockpot. I typically buy mine whole and cut deep (2-3 inches) crisscross slits. 

Take half of the mixture and pour it over, making sure to get it in the slits.

I put it on in the morning and cook all day on low. 4-5 hours is perfect, but I just leave it all day. Baste every hour or so.

NOTE: When I remove the ham from the crockpot, I chop it up — almost like fall apart meat — so this is why I don’t get a sliced ham. I put it on an oven-safe platter, put just a little baste on it and put it under the broiler to brown the top.  

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