Slow Cooker Apple and Clove Ham


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Your guest will love this unique recipe that adds canned apples and clove to a store-bought ham. Great for any holiday get-together.

I have been so excited to share this Slow Cooker Apple and Clove Ham recipe with you! It’s the type of recipe that makes me fall in love with the slow cooker even more. My apple pie baked beans recipe goes GREAT with this ham.

close up of spiral ham in the slow cooker with cloves and canned apple pie filling on top.
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I don’t think there is a better flavor combination than this. The apples, apple juice, brown sugar, and clove make a sauce that cooks into the ham, and with the ham being spiral it makes for even more flavor added to the ham with the juices going in between the slices.

I bought a 10-pound ham, it looked like it would fit in my slow cooker, but it was a bit large. I cut an inch off the bottom then it fit perfectly. I used that extra ham for other recipes during the week. Apple juice is used as the liquid in this recipe, though apple cider would be good too.

package of spiral ham, 2 cans of apple pie filling, cloves, and jug of apple juice.

How to make Apple and Clove Ham:

You will need these ingredients:

  • Spiral ham
  • Apple juice or cider
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cloves
bowl of apple pie filling. Dishes of brown sugar, apple juice and cloves. Spiral ham on a plate.


  • Place the ham in the slow cooker. If it doesn’t fit you can trim it to fit, use the excess for another recipe.
  • Pour over the apple juice.
  • Spread over the apples over the ham
  • Sprinkle over the brown sugar and cloves.
uncooked ham with sprinkled cloves on top. Apple pie filling around the edges of the ham.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or until hot in the center.
  • Keep the lid on the entire cook time.
  • Remove the ham slices onto each plate and pour over the sauce and apples onto each serving.
cooked apple and clove ham in the slow cooker.

What to serve with your holiday ham:

Can I use a ham that is not a spiral?

Yes, use any ham that you can fit into your slow cooker. You can use an unsliced ham in this recipe.

slice of ham over mashed potatoes with apples and sauce on top.

This will be the third year in a row that I’ve made this ham. It’s that good! Trust me on making mashed potatoes to go with this, it will make the meal. Enjoy this recipe and have a great holiday dinner.

After the holidays are over don’t forget to save this recipe for New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas! It is rumored to bring good luck if you eat them.

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overhead shot of slow cooker apple and clove ham.

Slow Cooker Apple and Clove Ham

4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 20
Spiral ham slow cooked with apple pie filling and cloves


  • 8-9 lb. spiral ham, I used a 10 lb. ham and cut a piece of the bottom so the lid would fit
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 42 oz. apple pie filling, (two 21 oz. cans)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves


  • Add the ham to the slow cooker. Pour over the apple juice. Sprinkle over the brown sugar
  • Spread over the apples, and sprinkle over the cloves.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Serve the ham slices topped with the apples and sauce.
  • Enjoy!

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Sarah’s Notes

Can I use a ham that is not a spiral in this recipe?
Yes, use any ham that you can fit into your slow cooker. You can use an unsliced ham in this recipe.


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 2184mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Can this recipe be made in the oven? We were gifted with a 12 lb ham that is way to big for my slow cooker! I love your site and it is my go to for slow cooker recipes!!!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I’m sure you could. I don’t have timing though. I apologize.

      1. Sarah says:

        I made this on Easter in the oven due to my ham being way too big for the slow cooker. I baked it at 275 degrees F for 20 minutes per pound. I increased the apple juice by a half cup since the ham was so large, but otherwise followed the recipe. It was soooooo delicious!!!!! All of the family from grandparents to my picky 3 year old loved it!! This will be my go to ham recipe from here on!! Thank you!!

  2. Andrew Cardinal says:

    4 stars
    I’m excited about making this recipe this Sunday. I bought all the ingredients including the Cure81 ham you used. I couldn’t locate a small one so will have to cut some ham off as you did. I did find out that if I turned the ham on its flat side down, it would fit in my slow cooker! But is it wise to cook it that way? If not, I will cut some off the bottom as you did .

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! It’s fine to cook any way. I often do that.

      1. Andrew Cardinal says:

        Thank you!

  3. Rich L says:

    5 stars
    Can I use cherry filling and juice instead of apple?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! That sounds like a fun exchange.

  4. Angela Riedl says:

    Making this today with fresh homemade apple pie filling. It’s going to be a traditional recipe I can already tell.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      That sounds great with homemade pie filling!

  5. Rose says:

    How can I make my ham in the crockpot without all the sweet ingredients…my family only likes a savory ham?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would do chicken broth and garlic. And if your family likes mustard, I would whisk a little of that into the broth.

  6. Debi says:

    5 stars
    Was wondering how I will cook our ham this year….this is it! Can’t wait

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You won’t regret this! We love it so much.

  7. Harriet says:

    Was looking for the little smilies with Apple butter….but the ham recipe came up….sounds good…but want the Skokie recipe in crock pot for appetizer….