April 10, 2010

Easy Slow Cooker Ham

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Ready In: 10 Hours 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Hours Servings: 12
"This recipe has become, hands-down, my favorite ham! This has replaced our Christmas Ham and makes the entire house smell amazing! There is nothing like coming home with this ham cooking! Experiment with the amounts of seasonings to your liking. I prefer more nutmeg but some prefer less nutmeg and more maple syrup!"

1 (6 pound) bone-in
country ham
30 whole cloves
3 cups apple cider, or as
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons ground
1 tablespoon ground
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 orange's peel

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.

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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