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Having dinner simmering away in the slow cooker always makes me feel like I’m a winner! This slow cooker gammon joint, with a balsamic and orange juice glaze, is an absolutely delicious roast dinner accompaniment.
I can pop this gammon joint in the slow cooker in the morning and then we can enjoy a family day together before serving it up at dinnertime! The perfect way to spend a Sunday if you ask me!
I want to share with you my tasty 750g slow cooker gammon joint with balsamic & orange juice glaze. If you want to get right to preparing it then skip to the end of this post for the full recipe card.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for other slow cooker recipes then be sure to check out my Easy slow cooker recipes (UK recipes).
Serving air fryer carrots and parsnips alongside this recipe is always a hit with my family too.
Ingredients for slow cooker gammon joint:
1/3 cup of brown sugar (70g)
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar (70ml)
1/3 cup of pure orange juice (70ml)
A gammon joint. I use 750g for this recipe, smoked usually, but you can use unsmoked also if you want to have it a little less salty.
Method for slow cooker gammon joint with balsamic & orange glaze
Combine the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar & pure orange juice together.
If you love saving time, like me, you can just whisk it together directly in the slow cooker pot.
Place the gammon joint into the slow cooker. Make sure to remove the plastic first.
As I bought a smoked joint I boiled it for 5 minutes first on the hob, just to attempt to remove a little salt from the joint. You can skip this step if you want to.
Move it around to soak in the glaze.
Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. Times may vary based on your slow cooker but this is a rough guide.
Turn every 1 hour on high or even 2 hours on low.
Remove the joint. Shred the meat.
Boil the leftover glaze in a saucepan, until it thickens up a little.
Spread this over the gammon or even use it as a dipping sauce.
This is also great served with a brown sugar bbq sauce if you fancy something a little different!
Cooking a 750g gammon joint in a slow cooker:
As you’ve seen above I have used a 750g gammon joint in my slow cooker. You can cook this on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. Check it is cooked completely before serving of course!
I tend to leave mine to rest before I serve it, just so you can get some actual slices. If you don’t want to wait then just shred it up as it still tastes absolutely delicious!
How much water do you need for this recipe?
None at all!
Do put some stock or something in, to avoid the gammon sticking to the bottom of your slow cooker, and infuse some flavour, but you don’t need to fill it to a certain level.
Just turn it every 1-1.5 hours if possible to ensure even cooking and to help the gammon soak up as much of the glaze as possible for maximum flavour.
Cooking a slow cooker gammon:
You can use stock, water, or just about any liquid that you like to cook your slow cooker gammon. Slow cooker gammon cola is quite popular, where you just cook a gammon joint in a can of diet coke.
I’ve cooked my gammon in orange juice, and multiple other things too over the years.
How to cook a smoked gammon joint:
Personally I like to boil a smoked gammon joint for a little while before I put it in the slow cooker, as otherwise I find it to be too salty. This is a great way to help start the cooking time before transferring to the slow cooker.
My favourite slow cooker accessories:
Can you cook a slow cooker gammon joint from frozen?
I would firmly NOT recommend this in the slow cooker. It can take quite a while for meat to heat up in the slow cooker and you could get sick!
Defrost in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking in your slow cooker or buy a fresh joint where possible to avoid the wait time!
What is the safe internal temperature for a slow cooker gammon joint?
For me personally I always make sure that the gammon is at least 71C (160F) before serving. Often I cook this in advance and serve it as a cold platter meat, and so I want to be double sure that the temperature was safe before cooling and slicing up!
Can you make this gammon joint overnight in the slow cooker?
Yes, definitely! Check if your slow cooker needs preheating on high beforehand but then leave it on low overnight, for at least 8 hours.
What is the 750g gammon joint slow cooker time?
Cook it for 4+ hours on high, or 8+ hours on low.
ALL of the slow cooker recipes on this website have been cooked using a Ninja Foodi OL750UK, or the previous model, but you can use ANY slow cooker, as timings should be very similar.
If you’re wanting to try something different to dress your gammon with then check out this 3 Ingredient Ham Glaze.
How to make my slow cooker gammon joint with balsamic & orange glaze:
Slow cooker gammon joint with balsamic and orange juice glaze
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup pure orange juice
- 750g gammon joint I used smoked but unsmoked would work too
Combine the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar & pure orange juice. If you’re a time saver, like me, you can just whisk it together in the slow cooker pot.
As I bought a smoked joint I boiled it for 5 minutes, just to attempt to remove a little salt from the joint.
Place the gammon joint into the slow cooker. Without the plastic wrapper on.
Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
Turn every 1 hour on high or every 2 hours on low.
Remove the joint from the slow cooker. Shred the meat.
Boil the glaze in a saucepan, until it thickens up. This should take a few minutes.
Spread the glaze over the shredded gammon or use it as a dipping sauce.
Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.
Fancy trying one of my other slow cooker recipes? Here are some of my favourites:
Chicken curry in the slow cooker
Chicken nachos in the slow cooker
Slow cooker beef casserole – super lazy version! I also love this slow cooker sausage casserole!
Thursday 22nd of October 2020
What a lovely and easy recipe! I had a 1.2kg unsmoked gammon so doubled the quantities of sugar, balsamic and orange juice. Also added a bit of extra time to the cooking. Ended up with quite a bit of liquid, but it boiled down nicely to pour over shredded ham. Will definatey do this recipe again.
Friday 23rd of October 2020
Thanks so much for such a lovely comment. I'm so pleased you enjoy it and the doubled quantities is a great idea!
Tuesday 21st of August 2018
I'm going to have to give that a try soon! x
Sunday 12th of August 2018
looks amazing, would love to try this. yummy.
Tuesday 14th of August 2018
I'll have to invite you over for dinner one night!