Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

Cancel that Honey Baked Ham order because you don’t need it anymore!  This Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is everything you want your ham to be and it takes less time to prep than it will for you to stand in line to pick up that Honey Baked Ham.

I speak from experience…that line is long.

My family used to order a Honey Baked Ham for holidays in the past, but a few years ago we all agreed that we were done with it.

It’s too sweet, it’s overly expensive and I already told you about that line!

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

The past few years my sister-in-law bought a pre-glazed ham from Wellshire Farms, which is only sold at Whole Foods.  The quality of that ham was amazing, and it’s now the only ham that I’ll buy.

For this Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham, I chose a semi boneless spiral sliced ham from Wellshire Farms that was fully cooked and wood smoked.

I highly recommend this ham — the smoky flavor was amazing with my sweet and savory glaze, and spiral sliced hams are so much easier to slice too!

Wellshire Farms Ham

While I love the pre-glazed ham, I really wanted to create my own homemade glaze recipe with my favorite sweetener — maple syrup!  I love the flavor and it just so happens to taste amazing when you add a few more of my favorite ingredients –> fresh orange juice, bourbon and dijon mustard.

Place all of the glaze ingredients in a small pot and cook it down for a few minutes until thickened, then grab your slow cooker and unwrap that ham!

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

I like to add a bit of water in the bottom of the slow cooker to keep the ham moist.  The glaze will help keep it moist as well, so the water is really just added insurance. 🙂

Separate the ham slices and place the ham in the slow cooker.  Pour that glaze all over the top, between the slices and place it meat side down.  Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 – 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.

In the recipe I’ve given you the option to reserve half of the glaze for the cooked ham to give it more of a sticky-sweet glazed exterior.

Simply place the ham with some of the cooking liquid in a baking dish, brush with the reserved glaze, and broil for a few minutes until you see the glaze get nice and bubbly.

If you choose this option just be very careful not to overcook that ham under the broiler as it will dry out very quickly.

Slice up your ham and you’re ready to eat!

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

The best part about this Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Ham is that you control the quality of the ingredients and you decide how sweet you want the glaze to be.  Customize it to your liking with whatever your favorite sweetener is and omit the bourbon if you want your glaze booze-free.

This recipe also keeps your oven free for all of the side dishes that will accompany your ham!  If you’d rather cook this ham in the oven however, simply follow the package instructions on your ham.

This Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Ham is what I’ll be making for holidays here on out.  It’s so easy, so delicious and I’ll never have to stand in that line again.

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

Side dishes you’ll love with this ham!

Cranberry Pear Salad with Fresh Pear Vinaigrette

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots

Maple Orange Sweet Potato Casserole with Oat Pecan Streusel

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham is spiral sliced ham warmed low and slow in the crock pot with a homemade orange bourbon maple glaze!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • (1) 7-8 lb. fully cooked spiral sliced ham (mine was semi bone-in)

Directions:

  1. Place the maple syrup, bourbon, orange juice, dijon and whole grain mustard (if using) into a small sauce pan and whisk to combine.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Pour the water into the slow cooker.
  3. Unwrap the ham, spread the slices apart and place in the slow cooker.
  4. Pour the glaze over the ham and in between the slices, then place the ham meat side down.  Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 – 3 hours or until warmed through (about 140 degrees), basting from time to time when you think about it.
  5. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • You can also prepare this recipe using the oven following the package instructions for the ham.
  • If you’d like the ham to have a sticky-glazed exterior, only use half of the glaze during the cooking the time.  Once done, place the ham in a large 13×9″ baking dish with a bit of cooking liquid and brush all over and between the slices with the remaining glaze.  Broil just a few minutes until the glaze is nice and bubbly (do not over cook or the ham will dry out!).

 

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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