Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham is an easy slow cooker ham warmed low and slow with a homemade maple glaze.  It’s so tender, and so much better than Honey Baked Ham!

overhead shot of slow cooker ham on white platter with slices peeling away

Cancel that Honey Baked Ham order because you don’t need it anymore!  This Slow Cooker 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 always order that ham, 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 ham on a white serving platter

What kind of ham should I use?

For this slow cooker 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

How to make slow cooker ham

  • 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 ham process collage

  • Add a bit of water in the bottom of the slow cooker to keep the ham moist.  
  • 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 for this slow cooker ham, 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 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!

Recipe notes

  • The best part about this slow cooker ham recipe 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.

front shot of ham on a white serving platter with a few slices cut

Ways to use leftover ham

What to serve with this recipe

Yield: 16 servings

Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham

Slow cooker ham on serving platter with oranges and rosemary

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!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

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
  • 8 lb. fully cooked spiral sliced ham (mine was semi bone-in)

Instructions

  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!

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 13x9" 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!).
 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2272mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 50g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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