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Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. Opinions and text are my own

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The holidays are right around the corner. I feel like I blinked and here it is November. Where has this year gone? And I know now that we are about to have a kid everyone says time really flies. I partnered up with Pork Be Inspired to create a few holiday recipes. Y’all know I love making my ham in a slow cooker. This recipe is what I like to call a two-for one. We love to eat our ham with apple sauce, and I created a recipe where you make homemade apple sauce right in the slow cooker with the ham itself!


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Katie Original Recipe

Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8

Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4.5 lbs Semi-boneless half smoked ham
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 gala apple, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 tbsp raisins
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 10 whole cloves


  1. In a bowl combine ¼ cup brown sugar and ½ tsp ground cinnamon. Mix well and set to the side.
  2. Peel and dice granny smith apples. Place diced apples in a bowl with 1-1/2 tablespoons raisins and mix well with 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar/ cinnamon mixture. Peel the gala apple, using a hand-held mandolin slicer cut 10 slices on the thickest setting (about ¼ inch thick). Put the thinly sliced gala apples to the side. With the remaining gala apple, dice it and place it in the bowl with the rest of the diced apples.
  3. Place a slow cooker liner in a 6.5 quart slow cooker. Place the ham flat side down in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture on top of the ham. Press it into the ham.
  4. Add diced apples to the sides of the slow cooker. Then pour apple juice in the slow cooker (not on top of ham). Carefully add thinly sliced gala apples (evenly spaced) to the top of the ham and secure them with 1 whole clove each.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 5 hours on low (or 8 hours on low). Once cooked, remove ham from slow cooker and thinly slice. Mix apples together, strain juice and place in a bowl. Serve together immediately.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. I received compensation to create this recipe, and opinions and text are my own.


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9 Responses to “Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce”

  1. Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted on November 12, 2013 at 8:27 am (#)

    My fam is all about ham at the holidays! My grandma always make a ham, in addition to whatever other meat is on the menu. Love it with the sweet pineapple.

    • Katie replied on November 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Erin–we always have ham too during the holidays. Making it in the slow cooker frees up the oven for all the tasty baked sides!

  2. danielle posted on November 12, 2013 at 10:05 am (#)

    Love this idea!!

    • Katie replied on November 23rd, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Thanks Danielle! Super easy way to entertain!

  3. Nutmeg Nanny posted on November 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm (#)

    Wow this is such an awesome recipe, I can’t resist a good slow cooker recipe 🙂 love it!

    • Katie replied on November 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Brandy! I love making our ham in the slow cooker! 🙂


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