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Having dinner simmering away in the slow cooker makes me feel like I’m a winner! This slow cooker gammon joint, with balsamic and orange juice glaze, is a delicious roast dinner accompaniment.
I can pop it on in the morning and then we can enjoy a family day together before serving it up at dinnertime!
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 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).
Ingredients for slow cooker gammon joint:
1/3 cup each of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar & pure orange juice.
Gammon joint (mine was 750g) I used smoked but unsmoked will work too if you want to cut back on the salt a little!
Method for slow cooker gammon joint with balsamic & orange glaze
Combine the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar & pure orange juice. If you love saving time, like me, you can just whisk it together in the slow cooker pot.
Place the gammon joint into the slow cooker. Without any of the plastic on. 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. 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 great guide.
Turn every 1 hour on high or even 2 hours on low.
Remove the joint. Shred the meat.
Boil the glaze in a saucepan, until it thickens up a little.
Spread this over the gammon or 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!
How much water do you need?
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.
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 year. I prefer to buy an unsmoked gammon joint, as it tastes less salty in my opinion.
How to cook 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.
Products I use to make my slow cooker gammon joint:
My favourite slow cooker accessories:
Can you make a slow cooker gammon joint from frozen?
I would firmly NOT recommend this. 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.
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.
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.