Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

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Prepare a beautifully glazed ham right in your slow cooker. The ham cooks in this 4-ingredient glaze, giving it the most delightful flavor. Nobody will believe you didn’t spend all day in the kitchen! Serve additional glaze alongside the sliced ham at the table, because I promise, you’ll want more!


Don’t bog down your oven during the holidays, make this beautiful glazed ham in your slow cooker! Isn’t it a bit strange to think the holidays are literally right around the corner? This never-ending year, 2020, is almost to its end. What a crazy ride it has been! 

I am certain the holidays won’t be much different. In a time when we are used to big gatherings, in jam-packed loud kitchens, we will most likely be sticking closer to home and surrounding ourselves with our immediate family.


This post is sponsored by Nebraska’s own Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing & Condiment, but my love of their product and the opinions stated here are all my own.  



Dorothy’s Holiday Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

Even though the holidays might look different than what we have become accustomed to, it doesn’t mean they can’t taste the same, right? Or heck, even better!

One of the struggles of holiday food prep, no matter how many people there are, is timing everything to go in and come out of the oven at the right time, and how to fit it all in! You have to have all of those things that you have come to expect at the holidays.

Ham, turkey, side dishes, rolls, you name it! Most of it needs to do its time in the oven. Finding other ways to cook big things like ham or turkey can be a lifesaver when there is only one oven to do all of the work!


Slow Cooking Glazed Ham in a Crockpot 

There are oodles of recipes for slow cooker glazed hams out there, but this one is unique because of that secret ingredient, Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing & Condiment.

Most of the recipes out there contain honey, and this one does, too. But that addition of Dorothy Lynch just gives the flavor a whole new twist! That perfect blend of herbs and spices, that teensy bit spicy, a little bit sweet & tangy taste makes this not your normal honey glaze for ham!



Ingredients in Dorothy’s Ham Glaze

To make this recipe, you’ll need these four ingredients:Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing & Condiment, honey, brown sugar and molasses. If you want to thicken the glaze up before serving it, you’ll need a little cornstarch and water. Aside from that, just a ham and you’re all set!



Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Place the ham in the crockpot, add some water to the bottom of the pot and cover with glaze before placing the lid on top and letting it cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

If you want to thicken the glaze, return it to the saucepan after the ham is heated and mix it with the cornstarch/water mixture until it’s the desired thickness. Pour a little over the top before you slice the ham and serve the rest alongside it at the table. 


What kind of ham works best for slow cooking?

There are two things to keep in mind when cooking a ham in the slow cooker. The first is that the ham fits in your slow cooker and the second is that you have purchased a pre-cooked, or smoked ham. For this recipe, you do NOT want a ham that isn’t already cooked/smoked. 

I prefer a boneless ham, and if you can get a spiral cut one, those are my favorite. For whatever reason, I struggle to find those year round where I live, and the day I bought ham for this recipe I couldn’t find one. I purchased a picnic ham, and it worked beautifully. 


What Size Ham Works Best For The Slow Cooker?

Size matters, but there are fixes for that, too. If the ham is too big (mine was just a smidge too big) you can slice a little bit off of the bottom, so the lid fits properly.

Alternatively, if the ham is way too large and there isn’t a prayer of that lid fitting on, you can make a “tent” from a couple of pieces of heavy-duty foil, and secure it to the edges of the crockpot. Toss a dishtowel over the top to give it a little extra weight to hold it down so that the heat isn’t escaping while it cooks.

It took 6 hours on low for my 8-pound ham to cook.  


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Nebraska Dorothy Lynch

What is Dorothy Lynch?

“The” Dorothy Lynch was a woman, who created this dressing in the 1940s, and served it at a restaurant she and her husband ran at the local Legion Club in St. Paul, Nebraska. The dressing became so popular, that patrons would bring in their own bottles to have Dorothy fill them to eat at home.  

Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing & Condiment can best be described as a sweet and spicy dressing that has a thick and creamy texture. Because of its color, many will assume it’s just another French dressing, but that simply isn’t true at all. In fact, it tastes nothing like it. French dressing is oil-based, Dorothy Lynch is tomato-based. The best word to describe its taste: Homemade.  


How Can I use Dorothy Lynch, except for on a salad?

Don’t get me wrong, Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing & Condiment is amazing on a salad. In fact, most of us Nebraskans came to know it that way.  

But Dorothy Lynch is so much more than salad dressing. It’s delicious as a condiment, dipping fries, pizza and best of all, fried chicken in it is crazy good!

You can even substitute Dorothy Lynch Light & Lean for a lower-calorie option with the same endless flavorbilities.

But when you get creative and start adding it to recipes? That’s when things get really tasty! I have used it in all sorts of ways, you really need to give them ALL a try!


All of these Dorothy Lynch Recipes are delicious!



Dorothy Lynch Dressing & Condiment can be purchased at most grocery stores in Nebraska and can be found at select grocery stores west of the Mississippi, including Walmart and Hy-Vee. If you can’t find it there, you can always get your pantry stocked with Dorothy Lynch by shopping Buy Nebraska or Amazon!

Make sure to follow along with Dorothy Lynch on their website, and their PinterestFacebook and Twitter accounts for delicious recipes all year long.



The holidays are sure to be a little tastier with Dorothy’s Slow Cooker Glazed Ham!  Let’s get to the recipe!            M.


Dorothy's Slow Cooker Glazed Ham - plated with salad
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Dorothy's Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

Dorothy's Slow Cooker Glazed Ham is perfect for the holidays, or any day! It is such a delicious and "hands-off" recipe, slow cooking all day while it makes its own sweet glaze. It's a showstopper!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes
Course: Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boneless ham, crock pot ham, Dorothy Lynch, honey glazed ham, how long to cook ham in the slow cooker, how to slow cook ham in a crock pot or slow cooker, precooked pre smoked ham, slow cook ham, slow cooker glazed ham, what kind of ham works best in the slow cooker
Servings: 7 -8 pound Ham
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 7-8 pound Ham
  • 1/2 cup Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing & Condiment can also use Light & Lean version
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch mixed with 2 Tablespoons water


  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the ham flat side down in the slow cooker.
  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine Dorothy Lynch, brown sugar, honey and molasses until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Pour glaze over ham and cover and cook on low heat for about 6 hours. Baste the ham every 2 hours during the cooking process.
  • Remove ham from slow cooker, and return glaze back to the saucepan.
  • Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the glaze over medium heat until it thickens. Pour some over ham, and serve the rest on the table.


I used a "Pit Ham" for my recipe. This recipe works with any ham, I especially love a spiral cut ham. Just make sure that the ham you chose fits in your crockpot, so that the lid covers it. You may need to trim a little off the bottom to get it to fit.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 196mg | Sugar: 30g


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  1. Every Christmas, I request ham if I am going home for the holidays. No fail. It just reminds me so much of the holidays! This one looks perfect, thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

  2. I’m going to share this recipe with my sister in law. She has been looking for creative ways to cook ham in the crock pot.

  3. This is delicious! I’ve always been intimidated by ham, but your recipe was really helpful and thorough. Thank you!

  4. This ham looks absolutely amazing. Meat is perfect and sounds so delicious. I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thnaks!

  5. WOW! Double WOW! I made my glazed ham for the first time in my life, and it turned out delicious! I am happy I was able to succeed due to your recipe.

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