Slow cooker gammon: tasty recipes that take 5 minutes to prep

These slow cooker gammon recipes require very little effort, but deliver a juicy, flavoursome ham

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These slow cooker gammon recipes are just what you need for the juiciest Christmas ham ever. Gammon is one of those guilty pleasures of the festive period that few meat eaters can resist, but it has to be succulent and moist or else it ain't worth it. 

Whichever recipe you choose, it takes just five minutes to prepare, so you can pop the ingredients in the slow cooker and relax until it's time to make the sides. 

Make sure you use a large-sized slow cooker for these recipes, as you'll be using a big cut of meat that needs room. Hosting Christmas dinner? Find gorgeous Christmas dinner ideas in our guide. 

Slow cooker gammon recipe

To make sure your ham doesn't turn out dry, you'll need to cook your gammon in something quite acidic, though not too vinegary. We recommend apple cider, ale, or apple juice, about 750ml. You'll also need:

  • Gammon cut of pork, about 750g–1kg;
  • Whole grain mustard, 100 grams. You can use any other type of mustard if you prefer, but we think whole grain works especially well here;
  • Honey, 100 ml;
  • Salt, to taste;
  • 750ml of apple cider, ale or apple juice, to cover the gammon joint.


1. Rub the gammon with the salt, mustard, and honey. 

2. Put it in the slow cooker and pour in the cider/juice/ale to cover the meat. 

3. Leave to cook on slow for six hours. 

4. Your ham is ready to serve with apple chutney and chips/fresh bread. 

Yes, it really is that easy! What to do with the leftover juice? We'd reduce it, skim off the fat and use in next week's gravy.

Cola slow cooker gammon

Fancy trying something different? Swap the apple juice/cider for a can of cola for a sweet and sticky take on the classic. Feeling really adventurous? Why not try a fruity cola such as Dr Pepper instead?

Serving suggestions for your slow cooker gammon

  • Heap with coleslaw (this goes great with a sticky cola ham);
  • Pile with hot sage and onion stuffing;
  • Smother it in mustard or hot sauce for a spicy kick;
  • Do away with the classic roll and pull the pork using two forks, before serving in a wrap or as a burrito.

How long will cooked gammon keep in the fridge?

As a rule, cooked gammon will keep in the fridge for up to four days, but you can freeze it. There are two ways to do this if your gammon is really massive: one is by chopping it up into smaller chunks and storing them in airtight containers, or by wrapping the whole thing very tightly in aluminium foil before placing the freezer. In the freezer, the gammon will last for up to four months.