Active time: 30 min. Total time: 4 hours, 30 min.
Yield: Serves 10 (serving size: about 5 oz. meat)

This feast-worthy spiral-cut ham couldn’t be easier to make. And if you’re sick of overly sweet sauces, you’re in luck—this one incorporates your ham drippings to create a flavor that’s savory, sweet, and salty. If your ham doesn’t fit in the slow cooker, you can trim off the top edge until it does. Then just toss those trimmings down in the slow cooker. You’ll need a turkey baster to evenly distribute those juices, so don’t settle for a spoon.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 6medium garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1(5-in.) thyme sprig
  • 6whole cloves
  • 1(7-lb.) fully cooked bone-in spiral-cut ham

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together sugar, syrup, water, mustard, garlic, thyme, and cloves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar, 5 minutes. 

Step 2

Place ham, cut side down, in an 8-quart slow cooker. Pour syrup mixture over ham. Cover and cook on LOW until heated through, about 4 hours, using a turkey baster to baste ham with cooking liquid every 45 minutes. Remove ham from slow cooker, and place on a serving platter. Tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Step 3

Pour cooking liquid into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium, keeping mixture at a low boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard garlic, thyme, and cloves. Serve sauce with ham. 

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