WGN’s Dean Richards shares this easy, delicious holiday recipe.


  • 7-8 pound spiral-cut ham (bone-in or boneless)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • Whole cloves


  • Use a 6-7 quart slow cooker.
  • Place the ham into the slow cooker stoneware, flat-side down, with layers of kitchen twine under it so it can be easily removed from the cooker when finished.
  • Insert whole cloves evenly all over the ham.  You may need to poke a hole in the ham with a knife to insert.
  • Make a paste of the brown sugar, maple syrup and pineapple juice in a separate bowl and apply to the ham.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Baste ham with the collected juices from the bottom of the slow cooker periodically during the cooking process…and before serving.
  • When cooking is done, remove carefully and let it rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before carving.