This crock pot brown sugar and kiwi pineapple ham had become a must-have at every large family gathering we have. It makes such a statement at any meal, yet this ham is so easy to make. When you have the ability to use your slow cooker and put your cooking on autopilot, it is such a beautiful thing.
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Recipe to Pass Down Through Generations
This is one of those recipes that will be handed down through out family through the ages for sure. You know how you have worked on tweaking a recipe until it was just right? This is one of those for me.
Learning From Past Ham Cooking Experiences
Since I have had to make the ham for many holiday meals now, there has been plenty of opportunity to do it wrong. I have made a ham in the oven and it was okay. Nothing to rave about. If it is left in too long, it can become dry and hard to chew. Even when the ham is covered. I have made ham using a roaster and while it was good, it still had too thick of an outside crust for me. I noticed when people were eating the ham, they were cutting the crust off. Same with the oven ham. Actually, when I made both the oven and the roaster ham, no one raved about the ham. They just ate it as part of the meal. It was fine, but not fantastic.
Using the Slow Cooker to Make this Ham
One year, I had to make quite a bit more of the meal for the family gathering and I did not have room in my oven, so I broke out this large and old slow cooker that was in the basement. I added pineapple to the ham while it cooked and the ham was cooked through and moist and had good flavor. The family ate all the ham that they took on their plates, no more cut off crusts. They kept picking out the pieces of pineapple that were on the serving try and eating it with the ham. So, my ham cooking days were on an upswing.
Spiral Ham with Seasoning Packet
It was time for the next holiday meal and I knew that I was going to use the crock pot again. However, I had been seeing those fancy spiral cut hams in the store with the glazing packet. I purchased one and made the ham using the glaze. To be hones, it was just okay. I was not really impressed with the glazing packet that was provided.
Trying out Brown Sugar with Ham
I had found a variety of recipes that called for brown sugar in the ham recipe. I tried those and they were better. The family was starting to let me know to make this again. I was still not thinking that it was the final version of the recipe that I would like to see.
Adding Pineapple to the Brown Sugar Ham
Then I added the pineapple to the brown sugar and now I was starting to have the family request that I make the ham this way again. This was a good sign that this was beginning to be an amazing recipe.
Adding Kiwi to the Pineapple and Brown Sugar Ham
Years ago, my husband’s uncle came to visit us from Florida. He made a very light dessert that was made from fresh pineapple and kiwi. I had never had the flavor combination before this and I thought it was so good. You can find that recipe near the bottom of this page. However, when I tried that flavor combination with the brown sugar, the family has now switched over to wanting the ham so much that they no longer care if we even make a turkey for our large family gatherings.
I am pretty confident that this recipe is a winner.
Note: you will need a large slow cooker for this recipe. This 6-quart slow cooker is a great size for being able to fit a large ham in and it is also programmable too.
I make a glaze from the ham juice. It is amazing! After I take the ham out of the crock pot, slice it, and place it in a serving dish, I spoon a bit of the glaze over the ham. This does two things, it helps keep the ham moist and it helps make sure that the flavor is distributed throughout the ham. I use a serving platter that has an inch or two side so that the juices don’t make a mess. This platter is a great choice to use for serving this.
Wow your guests! This sweet, juicy and delicious crock pot brown sugar and kiwi pineapple ham recipe is easy to make too.
Crock Pot Brown Sugar Kiwi & Pineapple Ham
- 1 5-7 pound ham Any ham will work
- 3 Cups brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1 20 Oz. Can pineapple can be crushed or chunks (do NOT drain)
- 3 kiwi peel the skin and cut pin pieces
- 2 Cups Ham Juice
- 2 Cups water
- 4 TBL corn starch
- 1/4 Cup water
- Place the ham in the crock pot. I like to put the brown sugar and maple syrup on top. I add the juice from the pineapple at this time too. Do not add the pineapple pieces yet. It will slide down the edges of the ham and some will stay on top. That is fine as it will add more flavor throughout the ham. Cover and turn on high temperature. Cook on high 3 hours.
- After about 3 hours, I use a spoon to baste the ham for a few minutes, then add the pineapple and the kiwi. put the lid on and cook on high for another 2 hours.
- Remove the ham and let it rest on a large cutting board while you make the glaze.
- In a kettle on the stove, use 2 cups of the ham juice and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. It is okay to have the pineapple and kiwi pieces in this juice…in fact, even better.
- While the juice is coming to a boil, make the thickener. In a glass with 1/4 cup of water, dissolve 4 Tablespoons of corn starch.
- One the juice is boiling, use a whisk or a fork to stir constantly while you add the corn starch mixture. Cook a few minutes until the glaze thickens. Turn off heat.
- I like to have the ham sliced and in a large serving platter with sides. I spoon some of the glaze on top of the ham. Then any glaze leftover, I put in a gravy boat because the family likes to pour it over their ham on their plate.
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