Slow Cooker Cider Ham {giveaway}

After a busy few weeks of traveling, I’ve been getting reacquainted with my kitchen, inviting Clara to wrap on her apron and join me at the counter.

Our Montreal winter has been bitterly cold and the snow keeps piling up higher and higher around the house. I’m sure many of you on the East Coast can relate. There’s never been a better time to delve into comfort food, so we’ve been simmering pots of chili, baking bread and roasting vegetables by the tray-full.

This cider ham was the first dinner I pulled together for my family this week. It’s from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and, incidentally, this is the very first recipe I’m sharing on the blog from the cookbook. It’s one of my favourites, and simple enough to put together while jet-lagged, tired, and suffering from a head cold. Be sure to click through for the recipe, plus a giveaway for a KitchenAid 6-quart slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cider Ham from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites

Slow Cooker Cider Ham from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites

I developed this recipe with my traditional Sunday Dinner in mind, a make-ahead, no-fuss dish that could hold its own as the star of the meal. It does all that, and yields enough for leftovers, too. What more could you ask of a Sunday roast? Be sure to save the ham bone for Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup, another cold-weather favourite.

In the cookbook, this cinnamon-scented, mustard-crusted cider ham stars in an entire chapter on Sunday dinner, paired with Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Hazelnuts. Today, you get it as a preview of what lies between the covers of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars!

If you’re a real planner….you may want to Pin or bookmark this ham for Easter. I know, I know, it’s still a ways off, but I’m already dreaming of spring, so making a holiday menu plan isn’t that unreasonable.

Somehow, staying in from the cold has its appeal, now that we can linger around the table with family and friends.

Slow Cooker Cider Ham

This cinnamon-scented, mustard-crusted cider ham is the star of Sunday dinner.
4.34 from 18 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Paleo
Essential Ingredient: Ham
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 847kcal
Author: Aimee


  • 1 1/4 cups fresh-pressed apple cider (raw apple juice)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 orange scrubbed
  • 7 pounds best-quality bone-in smoked ham (6-7lbs)
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Pour cider into a 6-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, Dijon, ginger and pepper. Zest the orange into the bowl and mix the marinade ingredients together.
  • Rub marinade all over the ham, using every bit of it, and place the ham in the slow cooker. You may have to trim the ham to make it fit. Just add the trimmings to the slow cooker as well.
  • Peel the orange and coarsely chop the pulp, discarding any seeds. Add the orange around the sides of the ham and tuck the cinnamon stick in also.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  • To serve, transfer the ham to a platter. Cover to keep warm. Strain liquid from the slow cooker into a gravy pitcher and serve with the ham.


This ham will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 847kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 266mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 974mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4.1mg


So many of my go-to recipes are made in a slow cooker, both here on the blog, and in my cookbook, so it seems only fair to offer one for your kitchen, too.

KitchenAid slow cooker

Thanks to KitchenAid Canada, I have one KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Solid Glass Lid to give away to a Canadian resident (sorry, international folks, this one is nation-wide only).

To enter: leave a comment and tell me what you would make first in this brand new slow cooker!

That’s it! Good luck to all.

Giveaway ends, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8AM. Winner will be announced both here and on Facebook.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Baked beans are my go-to slow Coker meal. But this ham sounds amazing.

  2. I would make some warm soup for these cold winter days.

  3. Probably chili, since it is still so cold in Ohio, too.

  4. I would make my favorite pulled pork recipe!

  5. We love ham in our family! So I’d make a ham or a turkey breast!!

  6. At last, a giveaway for Canadians! I will definitely be trying this ham, but my current fav slow-cooker recipe is a sausage and white bean soup. So comforting while we’re buried in snow!

  7. Probably shredded salsa chicken! 🙂

  8. Slow cooked chipotle spare ribs mmmmm 😀

  9. 4 stars
    The only way to make a truly wonderful real Texas Chili (the kind with the meat chunks and no beans) is to make it in a slow cooker I find (so I’d do that first)

  10. We love Sante Fe slow cooked chicken, among many others – but we have a simple on/off slow cooker so could really use an upgrade! 😉

  11. likely a whole chicken………and it looks like it might fit better in that slow cooker than the little one I presently have!

  12. Hmmm. I think I would try a chicken as well. I have one in my freezer that I’d like to get out!

  13. I’d make pulled pork, a family favorite!

  14. Seems only fitting that the first recipe I would make if I won is your slow cooker cider ham!

  15. 5 stars
    I would make your ham recipe! I desperately need fresh ideas beyond chili and soup for a crock pot. We recently moved to Montréal — where do you recommend buying good quality but reasonably priced meat? We live near Marché Jean Talon.

  16. I would definitely make ribs and can’t wait to try your split pea soup from my new fave recipe book!

  17. I would probably just make stock! My mom’s 20 year old crock pot recently melted down on me (literal melting) so I’m in the market for a new one!

  18. Terri Hughes says

    I would definitely make this cider ham, it looks so good. Thanks!

  19. Carmen Berthelette says

    I bought your cookbook today to make this recipe and many more!!!

  20. Beef Stew!

  21. ohhh what a lovely slow cooker! i think i would make the corn chowder recipe i got last night from the slow cooker cooking class! i have a temporary kitchin without a stove, so the slow cooker is my best friend! this is a beauty!

  22. We love chili!

  23. Silvia sebastyan says

    I would like to try the ham recipe in a new crock pot. Next my coconut lentil soup.


  24. Thai Style Pork Stew would probably be my first dish in this new slow cooker. Got the Ham pinned for Easter as well…..and maybe even beforehand 🙂

  25. I would make overnight apple pie steel cut oatmeal in my new crock pot! There is nothing like waking up on a cold morning to the house smelling like apple pie and having a warm bowl of oatmeal. I would love to try the ham recipe for my family as well 🙂

  26. I would make spaghetti sauce.. And pulled pork.

  27. a chunky and thick type of stew with shreddy chicken cooked to perfection *drools*

  28. In such a shiny new Kitchen Aid slow cooker, it will have to be maple baked beans with smoked porks hocks that are waiting in the freezer for such an event!

  29. I would make lamb stew. It is one of my favourite things to make in a slow cooker. Thanks!

  30. I would slow cook some ribs, to finish off on the barbeque or firepit.

  31. A whole chicken and then slow cooker chicken stock!

  32. I would first like to make some barbecued pulled chicken in the slower cooker and maybe add some cinnamon and apples!

  33. Porridge with steel cut oats, quinoa, craisins and almond milk. That starts a winter day on the right note.

  34. I would love to try making a loaded baked potato soup in the slow cooker.

  35. Pulled pork or chicken and then try some overnight steel cut oats.

  36. I would love this slow cooker! I would probably make some hearty chicken tortilla soup. Yum!

  37. Karen Sampson says

    I have a crokc pot but it doesn’t have a timer…so i would use this one to heat up dinner so it’s ready when i get home from work! My husband was on paternity leave for 20 months and went back to work in January he mostly works nights… a slow cooker that would get dinner ready for me would be great!

  38. Élodie Bergeron says

    Chili con carne 🙂

  39. I made your lazy cabbage rolls last week and the fan is asking me to make them again!

  40. I would make this ham recipe!

  41. I would make my favourite split pea soup.

  42. If I won, I’d probably make a white chicken chili first. Thanks for the chance!

  43. Pork shoulder – made for the slow cooker! 🙂

  44. Helen Kempster says

    The first thing I would make in this lovely slow cooker would be pulled pork! My brother in law made it last summer for us a few times at different family functions and I have been craving it! This ham looks yummy too! Maybe I would make that second?! Thank you for the chance to win!

  45. I would make pulled pork and a roast. I would also like to try your ham recipe.

  46. Nice slow cooker! I make my own barbecue sauce and make barbecue chicken with boneless thighs. It is so yummy with buttery rice.

  47. Oh miam! This ham recipe looks delish! And thanks for the giveway! 🙂 I would probably do a big batch of bbq pulled chicken, so easy to add into lunches and dinner when you dont have time to cook 🙂

  48. I’ve been thinking about throwing together a batch of chai tea recently and the slow cooker is just the place for that!

  49. 4 stars
    Bread pudding in the slow cooker, hands down, is my favorite. So gooey and delicious- especially topped with ice cream!

  50. White Chicken Chili Yum