Slow Cooked Cola Ham


Unleash the smell of Christmas on your kitchen with this slow cooker gammon recipe. The cola adds a delicious sweet and treacly flavour which balances with the saltiness of the ham.

Easy |6 hrs 10mins | Serves 6-8

1.5-1.8kg unsmoked boneless gammon joint
2l cola (not diet)
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 stick celery, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
½ tbsp peppercorns
1 bay leaf


  1. Turn slow cooker on to medium and place the gammon in and cover with the cola.
    Add 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped celery stick, 1 quartered onion,1 cinnamon stick, ½ tbsp peppercorns and 1 bay leaf to the slow cooker.
  2. Keep the gammon covered whilst cooking- top with boiling water if necessary. Cook for 5 ½ hours on low until the ham is tender but still holding shape.
  3. Pour the liquid away, let the ham cool. Heat the oven to 170C fan/ 190C / gas 5.
  4. Place the ham in a roasting tin, cut away the skin leaving just a layer of fat. Score the fat in a criss-cross.
  5. Mix the maple syrup, vinegar, mustard and ground cloves/ 5 spice in a jug. Pour half of the mixture over the fat and roast in the oven. After 15 mins, pour over the rest of the mixture then put back for 30 mins.
  6. Take the gammon out of the oven and allow to rest for 10 mins, then spoon any excess glaze over the top.

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