Spiced Ham in the Slow Cooker

    10 hours 15 minutes

    If you have a large enough slow cooker try this way to prepare your next Christmas ham. It will make the entire house smell amazing!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 (3kg) bone-in ham
    • 30 whole cloves
    • 3 cups (750ml) apple cider, or as needed
    • 1 cup (185g) brown sugar
    • 1 cup maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 2 tablespoons ground cloves
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
    • peel of one orange

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10hours  ›  Ready in:10hours15min 

    1. Press whole cloves into the ham so they are evenly distributed. You may score the ham for easier insertion if you wish. Place the ham in a slow cooker. Pour in apple cider until only about 5cm of ham is above the surface. Pack the brown sugar on top of the ham, pressing into the cloves. This will get washed away in the next step but any that stays on is a bonus.
    2. Pour the maple syrup over the ham. Season the apple cider with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves and vanilla. Add the orange peel to the pot. Fill the slow cooker as full as you can with apple cider without going over the fill line. Cover and set to Low. Cook for 8 to 10 hours.

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    -Kalligirl, I have always used a pre-cooked ham (Kentucky Legend brand) and cooked it @ the 6-8 hour setting on my crock pot. When I submitted the recipe that was changed. I know some people have been using an uncooked bone-in ham on the 10 hour setting. Hope that helps!!  -  11 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    HELP! I want to do this recipe but it doesn't say whether the ham is one of those "pre-cooked" ones that you just heat and serve or is it uncooked?  -  22 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I will not be tring this again. I bought a precooked ham and as others suggested I planned to slow cook it for 5-6 hours. Even though I cooked it in a ton of apple cider, the meat was extremely dry (unless you like jerky). I though it made the house smell horrible (my hubby didn't think so)... Very embarrassing since we had 15 co-workers over for dinner.  -  29 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)