Easter is fast approaching. For many families ham is the go-to entrée for Easter dinner, myself included. However, ham takes a long time to cook in the oven, and that often means the cook is excluded from other special events that day. To the rescue is your slow cooker! If you’ve never thought of cooking a ham in your slow cooker, I can assure you, once you try it, you’ll never again use your oven to bake your holiday ham.
Slow Cooker Ham
8-9 lb. spiral-cut ham
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Place a liner inside a large slow cooker. (It makes clean-up a breeze!) Place the ham cut side down into the slow cooker.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the orange juice, water, maple syrup, mustard, and cloves. Whisk until the mixture comes to a simmer.
Pour the liquid on top of the ham. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours, basting with the liquid in-between church, the Easter egg hunt, and anything else you have planned for the day.
Transfer the cooked ham to a serving platter. Pour the liquid into a large saucepan. Bring to a high simmer and cook 10 minutes to reduce the liquid. Pour over ham.