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Pork recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Ham

There is nothing like coming home to the smell of this ham cooking! Experiment with the amounts of seasonings to your liking. Some may prefer less nutmeg and more maple syrup.


Serves: 12

1 (1.3kg) middle cut gammon joint

20 whole cloves


750ml cloudy apple juice, or as needed


200g dark brown soft sugar


225ml 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 peel


Preparation Time: 15mins   Cooking Time: 10hrs 

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 juice until only about 5cm of ham is above the surface (you may not use all 750ml). 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 juice 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 additional apple juice without going over the fill line.

Cover and set to Low. Cook for 8 to 10 hours.

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