Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale

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Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare.  With only three simple ingredients, this no-fuss recipe leaves you plenty of time to focus on the side dishes. This is a perfect ham to serve at holiday meals or just fix on the weekend so you can have ham sandwiches all week long.

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale Recipe:

Ham is a staple in our family for holidays or birthdays, graduations and sometimes just because.  As it turns out, I seem to be the ham connoisseur and the designated-ham maker.  Maybe that’s because I always have several in the freezer that I’ve gotten dirt cheap at Aldi when they mark them down. Or, maybe it’s because I make a damn good ham.

Here’s my evidence…

Sometimes, I make a 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Ham with a very special ingredient.

This 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Spiral Ham recipe is quick and easy.

Or other times, I go more traditional in the slow cooker using brown sugar and mustard.

Brown Sugar Crock Pot Spiral Sliced Ham will be your families new favorite way to prepare a holiday ham.  The best part of this family-pleasing recipe is that it only has 3 ingredients---spiral ham, brown sugar and yellow mustard.

And, let’s not forget my holiday cranberry ham that goes in the Instant Pot.

This Instant Pot Cranberry Glazed Ham recipe is so simple that it only has three ingredients, a ham, canned cranberry sauce and brown sugar.

They are all delicious; but I was searching for something new to “spice” it up.  As I was walking up and down the aisle at the grocery store, I spotted a bottle of ginger ale, and next thing I knew, I was dumping it in with my ham.

Ginger Ale has the perfect amount of spice to compliment a ham; and it also helps balance out the saltiness that a smoked ham tends to have.  The spice of the ginger ale combined with the sweetness of the apricot jam is the perfect combination for baking a ham.

To be honest, I had a half a jar of apricot jam in the fridge that needed to be used up. It’s that simple. This is just the way I cook. I love using up what I already have on hand. So, if you have another type of jam or preserves in the fridge, swap it in.

It’s nice to have ham recipes without brown sugar or pineapple. Those two ingredients are in the majority of ham recipes. It’s time to branch out past them if you’ve never done it before.

How to Make Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale:

Instructions:

  1. Remove ham from package; throw away seasoning packet.
  2. Line crock pot insert with a slow cooker liner, if desired.
  3. Arrange the ham in the crock pot insert.
  4. Pour apricot preserves all over the ham, brushing it into all the crevices.
  5. Add ginger ale to the insert around the ham.
  6. Cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil (or the lid if it fits).
  7. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-5 hours or until the ham is warmed through.

For the full instructions for Crock Pot Ham (without brown sugar or pineapple), scroll to the bottom of this post.

Notes About 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Ham:

  • This is a crock pot ham recipe without brown sugar or pineapple.
  • I prefer spiral hams because they are easy with minimal cutting required; however, use a regular smoked ham if that’s what you have.
  • Substitute orange marmalade for apricot jam, if desired.
  • If the lid fits over the ham, use it. But if it doesn’t, do not fret. Use aluminum foil to cover very tightly. I find that heavy duty aluminum foil works best.
  • To keep ham juicy, pour some of the juices over it in the pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil until time to serve.

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Mom’s Cheesy Ham and Potatoes

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

This Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Quiche can be pulled together the night before you need it and customized to your tastes but simply adding your favorite ingredients.

Sandwich Spread

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Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare.  With only three simple ingredients, this no-fuss recipe leaves you plenty of time to focus on the side dishes. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient crock pot ham, Crock Pot Spiral Ham, crock pot spiral ham with ginger ale, Crock Pot Spiral Sliced Ham, crockpot ham without brown sugar, crockpot ham without pineapple, Slow Cooker Ham, slow cooker ham with ginger ale
Servings: 20
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 spiral ham
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 20 ounces ginger ale

Instructions

  • Remove packaging from ham; discard flavor packet.
  • Line crock pot insert with a liner, if desired.
    Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare; it uses three simple ingredients and is a hit with the whole family.
  • Arrange ham in crock pot insert; brush with apricot preserves all over ham in all the crevices.
    Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare; it uses three simple ingredients and is a hit with the whole family.
  • Pour ginger ale around the ham.
  • Cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil (or if it fits, use the lid).
    Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare; it uses three simple ingredients and is a hit with the whole family.
  • Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or low for 5-6 hours or until warmed through.
    Crockpot Spiral Ham with Ginger Ale is downright easy to prepare; it uses three simple ingredients and is a hit with the whole family.

Notes

  • This is a crock pot ham recipe without brown sugar or pineapple.
  • I prefer spiral hams because they are easy with minimal cutting required; however, use a regular smoked ham if that's what you have. 
  • Substitute orange marmalade for apricot jam, if desired. 
  • If the lid fits over the ham, use it. But if it doesn't, do not fret. Use aluminum foil to cover very tightly. I find that heavy duty aluminum foil works best. 
  • This ham recipe only has 3 ingredients.  Try our other favorite 3-ingredient slow cooker ham recipe too. 

Nutrition

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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