A super easy, 3-ingredient holiday ham. The Sriracha gives it a spicy twist but you can leave it out if you want. Use the slow cooker this Easter so that you can free up oven space for other stuff! Like pie. And rolls. Priorities, people.

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

Eric and I watched the finale of Parks and Rec tonight, in which Joe Biden had a cameo appearance.

I was like, “Eric, who’s that guy.”

And he was like, “Joe Biden.”

“THAT’S the Vice President??”

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

Aaaand that’s a wrap folks. This is it. I am officially the most unaware person on the FACE OF THE PLANET.

I looked at Joe closely, and finally when I imagined a little hovering Obama-ghost next to his head, I could see it. Oh yeah, the vice president, that guy.

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

Eric and I went over to our friend’s house to watch the Oscar’s a few days ago. We had dinner, and then everyone sat and watched that guy from How I Met Your Mother (you SERIOUSLY expect me to know his name?) make fun of all the people dozing off.

Meanwhile, I’m in the kitchen doing dishes. If I had watched with them, I wouldn’t be able to keep up, and everyone would hate me:
“What movie is this?”
“Any movie ever”
“Never heard of it, what’s it about?”

Well whatever. Knope for president.

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

I may not be great at recognizing public figures, but don’t let that dampen your faith in my crock pot skills. I’m SO good at throwing 3 ingredients into a crock pot and then doing nothing.

This is just ham + Sriracha + brown sugar. Thaaaaat’s it. You could pare it down even more and just do the brown sugar, but I like to add a little spicy kick to my ham. (Makes for awesome Split Pea Soup.)

Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

I love this recipe for the holidays because you free up your oven for other important things, like pie, and these Gruyere-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin (<< so good, guys.) Below I’ve included some links to other Easter recipes you will probably love!

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker)

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
A super easy, 3-ingredient holiday ham. The Sriracha gives it a spicy twist but you can leave it out if you want. Use the slow cooker this Easter so that you can free up oven space for other stuff! Like pie. And rolls. Priorities, people.


For the ham:

  • 1 & 1/3 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 5 pound smoked ham, bone-in picnic
  • 2-3 tablespoons Sriracha

For the glaze:

  • cooking liquid
  • 1-3 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • water


For the ham:

  • Add 1/3 brown sugar to the crock pot and spread on the bottom.
  • Unwrap your ham and put it in the crock pot, trimming to fit if necessary.
  • Use a brush or your hands to rub the Sriracha sauce all over.
  • Use your hands to rub the remaining brown sugar all over the ham.
  • Cook on low until the ham is warm throughout (it's already cooked). This should take about 3-4 hours.*
  • Remove the ham from the crock pot and transfer to a cutting board; carve or shred.

For the glaze:

  • If you have time, transfer the cooking liquid to a tupperware and freeze for 1/2 hour or so. This will make it easier to skim the fat from the top. Skim the fat and transfer to a saucepan.
  • (If you don't have time, you can skip separating the fat and just put the cooking liquid straight into a saucepan. It won't kill you.)
  • Once the liquid is a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Add Sriracha to taste.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 1-2 tablespoons water, enough to dissolve it. Stir together, and once the cooking liquid is hot, add the cornstarch mixture.
  • Turn the heat down to medium. Cook and stir for 2-4 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve with the ham.


If you want to do a larger ham, this recipe still works great. Just make sure the ham will fit in your crock pot! Up the Sriracha that you rub on the ham to 3-4 tablespoons, use 2 cups of brown sugar. For the glaze, use more like 3 tablespoons Sriracha, and about 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
*I've experimented with this recipe several times and I find that I don't like to leave the ham in the slow cooker for much longer than 4-5 hours. Longer than that and the ham starts to dry out.
Source: adapted from Allrecipes.com


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 3581mg | Potassium: 816mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 426
Keyword: Crockpot, Ham, slow cooker, Sriracha
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

More Easter recipes to try!

Sriracha Deviled Eggs:

Sriracha Deviled Eggs from The Food Charlatan

Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham << this is one of my favorites!

Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Gruyere-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin:

Gruyère-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes:

Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes from The Food Charlatan

Balsamic Browned Butter Asparagus:

Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus

Roasted Carrots with Dill:

Roasted Carrots with Dill from The Food Charlatan

Pineapple Spinach Salad:

Pineapple Spinach Salad | TheFoodCharlatan.com This twist on the Strawberry Spinach Salad is easy and bright-tasting!

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello:

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Big Fat Crescent Rolls:

big fat crescent rolls

Rhubarb Custard Pie:

Rhubarb Custard Pie from The Food Charlatan

Blackberry Pie:

Blackberry Pie from TheFoodCharlatan.com

More ham from other bloggers:

Slow Cooker Glazed Ham from Creme de la Crumb
Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze from A Spicy Perspective
Slow Cooker Honey Gazed Ham from Back to Her Roots

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  1. The recipe says ham, but the pictures are of smoked shoulder which the packaging recommends cooking for 8 hrs.

    1. Hey Jay! The recipe calls for a smoked bone-in picnic ham, which is what I show pictured. I zoomed in on the photo and can’t read what it recommends for cook time! Haha. I’m impressed that you can. Honestly I’m no pork expert. (Charlatan is my name, faking it is my game…) I just know that I bought a picnic ham and made it in the slow cooker and it worked out great! let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. I’m going to try this out this Easter Sunday. I’m debating layering the top with crushed pineapples. Do you recommend or no?

      1. The pineapple worked out great! It was SO good! Thanks for the encouragement lol. Best ham I’ve ever made, or had in general.

  3. Hello! I was wondering if this works with a boneless smoked picnic ham as well! I am not much in the kitchen, but our grocery store doesn’t carry the bone in kind…and mine looks pretty different from the one in your picture :/ I like the shredded look in the end, and I have a feeling mine is not going to come out that way! Help!


    1. Hi Jaclyn! One thing I’ve found with this recipe is that it is pretty darn forgiving. So I say use what you’ve got! As long as it is precooked and smoked it should come out great. Good luck!

  4. I made this today and it was amazing!! I used a 10 pound ham and just had to trim it a little. I used 5 tablespoons of sriracha and it wasn’t spicy just had a nice kick. I cooked this on low for 6.5 hours and “warm” for 3 – perfect!

    1. I’m so glad you loved it Gina! I just made this again on Sunday for Easter. Never fails! Thanks for coming back to comment!

  5. I am a big fan of the siracha, but making Easter dinner for some folks who aren’t as adventurous with the heat. How spicy is this ham?

    1. Hey Jenny! In my opinion it’s not that spicy at all. Just adds pleasant flavor. Scale back the sriracha if you are worried about it–the recipe would still be great even if you omit it. Happy Easter!

    1. Hey Sue! Yes, I definitely think it will work! I haven’t tried it but the internet says that lots of people have done spiral ham in the slow cooker, and if we can’t trust google well then WHO CAN WE TRUST? Just kidding. Happy Easter!

  6. You have some pretty killer crock pot skills so I don’t think you should worry about not being able to name a single public figure. Although, I’m going to buy you a subscription to People magazine, k? (Also, I only know his character name – Ted. Is that who we’re talking about? Or Barney?? Clearly I didn’t watch the Oscars…)

  7. I could not find a reasonably priced picnic ham at the store. Could I use a Boston butt roast? Would I do anything different, other than the cook time?

    1. Hey Jennifer! The Boston butt is another really nice cut of meat and should work great for this recipe! Trivia time: did you know that the Boston butt is from the shoulder of the pig? They are called butts because back in the day this cut was stored in a barrel that was called a “butt.” Who knew, right?? Internet, I love you. Enjoy Jennifer!

      1. I chickened out on the Boston butt. I made the recipe as is for Easter lunch, and it was a hit with the whole family! Everyone went back for seconds and thirds. Thanks so much for sharing!!

        1. Oh good, glad it worked out Jennifer! I made this with a spiral ham today and it worked out great, I will have to try the Boston butt next time!

  8. But really though, half the time on TV shows when someone makes a cameo, I’m not even aware they’re someone famous until the studio audience starts going crazy. The struggle. Buuut this 3-ingredient ham–say what?! This looks amazing. And perfect since rolls totally have priority in my life.

  9. Wow!! This looks amazing! So tender and delicious and I really want some right now! Haha, great recipe girl! Love it!

  10. What a great idea to use the slow cooker for ham! I definitely always need more room in my oven … especially for the rolls!! Carbs are clearly the highest priority! Well, at least at my house :)

  11. Hahaha! It’s funny when you take people out of context, how hard it is to ID them. Ever see your doctor’s receptionist or nurse at the grocery store? I’m always like, ‘I know you…but why? Where?’ Plus Biden is a little creepy – just sayin’ :)

  12. This ham sounds incredibel, Karen! We eat a lot of sriracha in our house. I can’t wait to try this!

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