Slow Cooker Cider Ham

This recipe turns out so tender and delicious:  Slow Cooker Ham

Slow Cooker Ham

I started this website in 2006.  So is it super strange that this is the very first ham recipe I’ve ever shared on RecipeGirl?  I couldn’t believe it myself… but I searched all over and didn’t spot any other ham recipes at all.  I’m sorry for that.  I love ham- I really do!  But I usually just get the no-fuss, already spiraled sort at the market and call it a day!  This ham recipe is absolutely the best choice ever to share for a first ham recipe.  It’s EASY.  It’s so incredibly tender.  And it’s delicious.  It’s perfect to make for a weeknight dinner, a special Sunday dinner, or a holiday occasion too.  Everyone is going to love how this one turns out.

Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

The recipe comes from a newer cookbook by Aimée Wimbush- Bourque:  Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites.  Aimée has a blog – Simple Bites – that I’ve admired for a great many years now.  So I was very excited to see her release her first cookbook.  The cookbook focuses on Aimée’s experience as an urban homesteader, and the chapters are divided into seasons.  The theme:  simple food with fresh flavors.  I love how Aimée shares tips throughout the book on how to get your whole family involved in preparing food.  Here are a few recipes I’m excited to make from the book:  Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding, Peach-Glazed Grilled Salmon Fillets, Maple Marshmallows, Stone Fruit Sangria, Zucchini Cornbread, Butter-Roasted Turkey and Cheesy Butternut Squash Penne.

Slow Cooker Ham Recipe

My family loved having this ham for dinner on Sunday night last weekend. It made for the perfect Sunday dinner with some roasted potatoes and asparagus.  My son made the Homemade Ranch Dressing from the book.  And I also made the Gingery Pickled Asparagus to share on Parade magazine’s blog.  All recipes were fantastic.  This book is a keeper, for sure!

Slow Cooker Cider Ham

Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:8 hours

  • 1 1/4 cups fresh-pressed apple cider (unfiltered, raw apple juice- I used organic apple cider)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons smooth or grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 orange, scrubbed
  • 1 best-quality bone-in smoked ham (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Pour cider into a 6-quart slow cooker.  In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, Dijon, ginger and pepper.  Zest the orange into the bowl and mix the marinade ingredients together.
  2. Rub the marinade onto one side of the ham and place it marinade-side-down into the slow cooker.  Spoon the rest of the marinade all over the rest of the ham.
  3. Peel the orange and coarsely chop the pulp, discarding any seeds.  Add the orange around the sides of the ham and tuck the cinnamon stick inside too.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  5. To serve, transfer the ham to a platter.  Cover to keep warm.  Strain liquid from the slow cooker into a gravy pitcher and serve with the ham.
*If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of apple cider, maple syrup, mustard and ham that are known to be GF.
SOURCE: (Reprinted from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites : Pintail; February 10, 2015 : Recipe: © Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, 2015)

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  • Nancy Lesch wrote:

    How long to cook if a 10 pound ham? Does it steam cook since there are so little liquid.?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      This recipe calls for a 10 pound ham- all instructions are included in the recipe. Turns out perfect!

  • Lyn wrote:

    I’m not a cook.  Is this the spiral ham that is already cooked from the meat department?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Gina wrote:

    Did you cut the fat off the ham before cooking?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Laura wrote:

    Sounds incredible!  Did you use a pre-sliced ham or a whole ham? 

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Jamie wrote:

    Can I try this recipe using a boneless ham?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Might get a little dry?

  • sandy wrote:

    Can’t wait to try the recipe.

  • katie wrote:

    The crust on this ham looks divine! Love a good slow cooker recipe and can’t wait to try Aimee’s recipe! Thanks for including a link to my recipe! 

  • wrote:

    This looks delicious! I’m trying it the next time I made a slow cooker ham for the holidays. Cider, maple syrup and mustard sound like such a winning combination. Thanks for including a mention of my slow cooker scalloped potatoes and ham. I really appreciate it.

  • KC wrote:

    Ooh, this sounds amazing. I may have to give into temptation and use a hard cider instead of the apple juice variety though…

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I like that idea!

  • Joanne wrote:

    This looks really delicious, and will save this recipe for a family gathering. Thanks Lori!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites wrote:

    Mmmm, our favourite ham! Thanks so much for sharing, Lori! It’s an honour to see my book over here. 

    I’m thrilled your whole family enjoyed this dish. 🙂

  • Danielle Royalegacy wrote:

    I wish I could get the fresh apple cider, but an unfiltered cider from the store should work just as well.  Pinned to save and share!