Slow Cooker Ham (Paleo and AIP)

I am a HUGE fan of using my crockpot. If I could cook with it every day I would. There is nothing like spending 5 minutes tossing some stuff into the pot, turning it on, and then a few hours later having a meal ready. Or at least your main dish. I use our crockpot a lot on the weekends so that I can either hang out with my family or spend time prepping meals/snacks for the rest of the week instead of just for dinner that night. 

This slow cooker ham is something we have year-round, but I’m posting it now since it could definitely work as an easy Easter dinner. It’s an Autoimmune Paleo friendly adaptation of Arsy of Rubies and Radishes’ Dijon Ham from her essential book, The Paleo Slow Cooker.  Hers is amazing, but has some ingredients, like mustard, that don’t work if you are avoiding seeds (like you do on an elimination diet like AIP). But you don’t need to be on AIP to enjoy this one. It just happens to be AIP-friendly but doesn’t lack in flavor in any way. 

Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo friendly Slow Cooker Ham by Thriving On PaleoNo video tutorial for this one because it’s literally place ham in slow cooker, toss other ingredients on top, turn slow cooker on, cook. Go on with your day and then about 45 min before serving put a side dish in the oven. We love brussels sprouts cut in half tossed in melted bacon fat and salt and then roasted at 425 F for 25 min. That will take you about 10 minutes to prep. Throw that in the oven and spend the next 25 minutes relaxing or chopping up veggies for meals the rest of the week.

Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo friendly Slow Cooker Ham by Thriving On Paleo 


Slow Cooker Ham (Paleo and AIP)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 8

Slow Cooker Ham (Paleo and AIP)


  • 1 4-6 lb Ham Roast
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 4 tbs Coconut Oil
  • zest of 1 Orange
  • 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Place ham in slow cooker.
  2. Put the rest of the ingredients on the ham.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.


You can use a spiral sliced ham for this but I’d keep the cooking time more on the low end (closer to 4 hours or even less) as the slices allow it to cook faster and get dried out faster.


Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo friendly Slow Cooker Ham by Thriving On Paleo

This recipe was included in the Phoenix Helix AIP Recipe Roundtable # 69.

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About Michele

Michele Spring is a mom of 2 young boys, suffers from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Celiac Disease, and is an expert on using the Paleo diet to feel your absolute best. Through her blog posts and short how-to videos she’s here to help teach and inspire you to live a Paleo lifestyle while having the time of your life doing it. When she’s not blogging you can find her sewing up a new outfit, reading a great book, or desperately trying to keep her kids from making her house look like a tornado hit it.

14 comments on “Slow Cooker Ham (Paleo and AIP)

    • Hey Amy- So… yeah, this is a tough one. You can use an uncured ham if you are really worried about it, but I used a ham by 5280 Meat that was cured in a mixture that did contain sugar. The way I look at it is that the meat needs sugar to cure but the majority of the sugar typically gets rinsed off before it gets smoked. Yes, some sugar will remain in the ham though. For me it is something I’m willing to overlook since I have it so rarely, but if you are really concerned, these places do sell sugar-free ham: and

      • Hi Michele!

        Thank you so much for the very quick reply! πŸ™‚ As you can tell, I’ve not had too much experience with roasting ham! LOL I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated at the selections of uncured, cured, raw, fully cooked, spiral, and fresh ham roast! Yes! I accidently bought the latter for Christmas and spent hours trying to figure out how to cook it! :p It turned out fine, but I’m determined to make it right for my family for Easter and cook a real ham (the kind that looks like yours!). πŸ™‚ So, I’m guessing since this is cooked for 4-6 hours in the crockpot, I need to look for a ham roast that is NOT fully cooked, but cured and raw instead. Is that right? Sorry for these ridiculous questions!

        Thanks again for all your help! πŸ™‚

        • haha, trust me, I get it. So many choices! So actually, the one that I cook in the crockpot for 4-6 hours is cooked (smoked). I guess you could eat it as is but I believe cooking it in the crockpot actually renders the fat and tenderizes the meat a bit more, giving it a lot more flavor. I caution in the post that if you do something like a spiral cut ham to cook it for less time because the heat will get into all the slices and cook it a lot faster – so do be aware of that if you go with one of those or else you will get overcooked meat. Hopefully that helps?

  1. Hi Michele! I would like to make this recipe but in the oven instead of the crockpot since my crockpot will be in use for another dish! Do you think if I pour the glaze mixture over the ham and just bake it according to the directions on the ham it will be ok? Any tips I should know about translating this from slowcooker to oven? Thanks!

    • Hi Kylie – I have never made it in the oven but I can’t imagine it would be a problem to do so! I just made it a slowcooker recipe just so it was completely hands off, but the oven should be totally fine. (And yeah, if the ham has directions, follow those since I don’t know at what temp or time you’d want to cook it for). Let me know how it turns out!

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