Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Easy Slow Cooker Ham

Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 10 Hrs
Ready In: 10 Hrs 15 Min


1 (6 pound) bone-in country ham
30 whole cloves (whole cloves were almost as expensive as the ham itself, I used about 1 t of ground cloves)
3 cups apple cider, or as needed
1 cup 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 extract (optional)
1 orange's peel

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 2 inches 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.
*This is the moistest, best ham I've ever made.  Love it, great Christmas ham.  The only bad part was there wasn't enough leftovers.

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