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Sweet Southern Slow Cooker Ham

Sweet Southern Slow Cooker Ham

The cooking liquid consists of apple cider, brown sugar, Kentucky bourbon, honey and Dijon-style mustard, with a scattering of thyme sprigs.


  • 1 bone-in fully-cooked ham, about 5 1/2 pounds
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Kentucky Bourbon *
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Place the ham in a large slow cooker. Whisk the cider with the brown sugar, bourbon, honey and mustard. Slowly pour over the ham. Scatter the thyme sprigs into the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours, or until very tender.
  3. Remove ham to rest on a cutting board.
  4. Pass the remaining cooking liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  5. Cut the ham into chunks or slices. Brush the cut pieces with the cooking liquid before arranging on a platter.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature.

Yield: 12 servings

* For a non-alcoholic alternative: replace the bourbon with 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Nutritional information: Calories: 180 calories Protein: 31 grams Fat: 4 grams Sodium: 990 milligrams Cholesterol: 80 milligrams Saturated Fat: 1 grams Carbohydrates: 3 grams Fiber: 0 grams

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): National Pork Board -