This Slow Cooker Gammon Joint is super easy and delicious. It delivers moist and tender ham every time. Whats more it’s as good hot as it is cold. A huge family favourite.
My family as a whole absolutely love a Gammon Joint and that is a bit of a minor miracle in itself. But one that I am most grateful for….always. They love it roasted this way – Family Roast Gammon and they love it cooked in the slow cooker. Both methods are SO easy it feels just wrong but my job is to spread the glorious word so I am here with photos and everything….
But first some ………..
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Slow Cooker Gammon Recipe
Using a slow cooker to cook a gammon joint is simplicity itself. You can cook it without any liquid and I often do. Just pop it in there and cook on high for 4-5 hours for about a 1.5 kg size, less if it is smaller. Or you can use a liquid as I have done here. Depending on what you use you can add a little spice or sweetness. This Slow Cooker Gammon is cooked in apple juice. A popular option is coke for some sweet spice or cider for a apple flavour with a bit more twang. Do exactly the same as I have here. I fill it up until it is almost all covered but if you don’t have enough to fill it right up then just turn the joint half way through cooking. I usually cook a 2 kg ish piece of gammon and use about a litre and a half of juice to cover it. This feeds 8 people easily.
This will of course vary depending on the size of your slow cooker bowl. Mine is a 3.5 litres Crock Pot. It was the cheapest one at my supermarket. Sweetness is the key here to balance out the saltiness of the gammon. I either cook it on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. You need to heat the apple juice up to a simmer in a saucepan beforehand or allow an extra hour of cooking time. My slow cooker is a little slow in getting going. You are looking for the internal temp of the gammon to reach 71 C. You can cook it for 8 hours if it suits your schedule better but as with my Slow Cooker Beef Joint it can sometimes be crumbly so I tend to leave it to go cold and then put in the fridge overnight covered to be sliced the next day. Then it is the perfect texture. You can then reheat it until piping hot or serve it cold. Both ways are delicious.
I do sometimes use a glaze when I cook in the slow cooker. It is easy to do and improves the look of the gammon. It can look a little gray on the outside after it’s slow cooker bath for 6 hours or so.
I take the gammon out of the slow cooker and discard the left over liquid. You can use it to flavour soups and stews. I leave the gammon on a plate or board to cool a little. When it is cool enough to handle I cut off the string and using a sharp knife carefully remove the skin leaving a good layer of fat behind, about 2 cms thick if you can. I then score the fat with the knife across one way about 2 cms apart and then back the other way so that it leaves you with a diamond patter.
I mix the glaze ingredients together and then brush it all over the scored fat. If you want a short cut then simply use a marmalade as a glaze.
I put it under a really hot grill about 2 “/5 cms away from the grill. Let it bubble away for about 10 minutes. The top should be mostly crispy and blackened in places.
It is ready to serve beautifully burnished just like this or you can put it back in the slow cooker to keep warm until you need it. Sometimes I get ahead by carving it and carefully putting it back in the slow cooker. A big part of me likes to show it off though so I usually leave it till everyone’s had a peek and made suitable noises.
What To Serve With Gammon
I mainly serve this as a weekend meal, be that Saturday or Sunday Lunch. I love to serve it with my Cauliflower Cheese and Roast Potatoes. I make the sauce in the cauliflower cheese thinner so it acts like a gravy. I add an extra 300 mls of milk and an extra 50 grams of cheese to the sauce in the saucepan before baking. I serve some carrots too. I think their sweetness is delicious with the salty ham.
I also love to serve it with Buttered Red Cabbage in the winter months especially around Xmas. The pairing is divine. No Cauliflower Cheese this time but again Roasties or Dauphinoise Potatoes and Carrots. I always put out some Redcurrant Jelly for people to help themselves to. The sweetness of the jelly is so good with it.
If serving this cold then of course the obvious Ham, Egg and Chips is a real crowd pleaser. I often make it this way as an easy midweek meal having cooked the ham at the weekend. You could simply serve alongside some delicious Potato Salad. I do also love to serve it as part of a buffet table for a get together or, of course, Xmas. Nothing could be easier.
Expert Tips For Slow Cooker Gammon
- Use a meat thermometer to check when the meat reaches 71 C
- For a smaller joint simply reduce the cooking time. Use your meat thermometer to help you know when it’s ready.
- You can use coke/cider/ginger ale or likewise to flavour the gammon
- You can just cook it without any liquid at all. It will still be moist.
- If cooked for 8 hours then you can make it the day before, refrigerate overnight covered and slice the next day to prevent crumbling and get beautiful slices. You can reheat then in the slow cooker until piping hot or serve it cold.
- You can use the cooking liquid to flavour pasta, soups and stews.
- Use a marmalade as a short cut glaze.
- Use left overs for salads, sandwiches, quiches or pasta dishes. Ham, egg and chips takes some beating!
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- Grill for Browning The Glaze
Slow Cooker Gammon Joint
This super easy slow cooker gammon is moist and tender. A real family favourite and so versatile. Serve it hot or cold for a real crowd pleaser.Prep Time 5 minutesCook Time 6 hoursTotal Time 6 hours 5 minutesServings 8Calories 339 kcal
- 2 kg smoked gammon joint
- 1.5 litres apple juice
- 3 tbsp black treacle
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
Nutrition FactsSlow Cooker Gammon JointAmount Per ServingCalories 339 Calories from Fat 90% Daily Value*Fat 10g15%Saturated Fat 3g19%Cholesterol 112mg37%Sodium 3193mg139%Potassium 925mg26%Carbohydrates 7g2%Sugar 7g8%Protein 49g98%Vitamin C 80.8mg98%Calcium 48mg5%Iron 3.6mg20%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Rinse your gammon carefully under the tap trying not to splash the whole kitchen! Put in your slow cooker and cover with apple juice. Cover as much of the gammon as you can with the apple juice. Put your slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
Put on a large plate and using a sharp knife cut off the skin and a little fat, leaving at least 2 cm of fat behind if possible.
Using the knife score diagonal lines on the fat one way about 2 cm apart and then repeat going the other way. This will leave you with a diamond pattern. Mix the glaze ingredients together. Preheat your grill.
Brush the glaze thickly all over the scored fat. Put under the grill so that the top is about 2 "/5 cm below the grill. Grill for about 10 minutes. The top will be burnished and black in places.
You can achieve the same results by roasting in a 220 C/425 F/Gas Mark 7 oven for 15/20 minutes. Allow the Gammon to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
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