easy slow cooker christmas gammon ham

The Easiest Slow Cooker Christmas Ham

  • Author: Ciara @ My Fussy Eater
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Christmas


The easiest slow cooker Christmas ham, lightly spiced and served with a refreshing red cabbage salad


  • For the ham:
  • 22.5kg gammon
  • 1 or 2 white onions
  • 1 litre / 4 cups apple juice
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 bay leaves
  • For the salad:
  • 1 red cabbage
  • 2 red apples
  • 2 small carrots
  • 3 spring onions
  • seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley to garnish
  • For the ham glaze:
  • handful of whole cloves
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp sugar (I used coconut sugar but brown sugar would work well too)
  • 1/2 tsp all spice


  1. Cut the onion in half and place both pieces on the bottom of the slow cooker. Sit the gammon on top of the onions, fat side up. This will prevent it sticking as it cooks. Pour in the apple juice and add the peppercorns, cloves, star anise and bay leaves. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on how crumbly you want your ham to be.
  2. Prepare the salad by chopping the red cabbage, apples and spring onions into small pieces. Add the grated carrot and pomegranate seeds and mix well. Make the dressing by mixing the cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper together in a lidded jar or bottle and shake well. Add the dressing to the salad just before serving.
  3. When the ham has cooked remove it from the slow cooker and rest it on a plate for a few minutes to allow the liquid to drain away. Preheat the oven to 220c and double line a baking tin with foil (don’t skip this as the honey glaze will burn into your baking tray and it’s a nightmare to get off!)
  4. Transfer the ham to the lined tray. Remove the skin with a sharp knife leaving a layer of fat on top. Score the fat and stud it with whole cloves.
  5. Make the glaze by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl. Pour half the glaze onto the fatty part of the ham, spreading it around until the top is fully covered.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, adding the remaining glaze half way through.
  7. Allow the ham to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.