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Easy Shredded Ham Recipe

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Really easy shredded ham recipe with a mouthwateringly good sweet and smoky taste – perfect for using in sandwiches, pasta or salads and oh so simple to make!

Like lots of you lately I’ve had to find new places to buy food and it’s actually been a good thing because I’ve stumbled across a great local butcher who delivers meat boxes.

So the way I cook has changed and now I don’t really plan, I just use what comes so it’s meant being more inventive with ingredients, less wasteful and that can only be a good thing!

One of the ingredients in this weeks butchers box delivery was some really thick and meaty gammon steaks.

orange and white floral bowl filled with homemade shredded ham

But rather than just do the traditional gammon, pineapple, egg and chips I wanted to cook it so I could make it stretch further.

So I turned to the slow cooker and made three of those butchers gammon steaks into just the BEST shredded ham with the most amazing sweet and smoky flavour, honestly, mouthwateringly good!

What To Make With Shredded Ham

You can use up shredded ham in all sorts of delicious, easy family meals. Try…

  • Use the ham to top homemade pizzas, add in pineapple and mushrooms too
  • Use shredded ham to make spaghetti carbonara
  • Add shredded ham and cheese to baked potatoes and serve with a green salad or baked beans
  • Make a big shredded ham salad with boiled eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, cress and baby new potatoes.
  • Use the shredded ham in pasta salad with gherkins, pineapples, sweetcorn tossed in a creamy mayo dressing.

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How To Make Shredded Ham

It’s super simple to make shredded ham using the slow cooker – just a case of throwing in the gammon steaks, adding your chosen liquid and leaving the slow cooker to do it’s thing.

If you want your shredded ham to have a great sweet and smoky flavour then follow the recipe below.

Easy Shredded Ham Ingredients

Our recipe is super easy and uses extra ingredients you’ll probably have at home in the cupboard/fridge.

ingredients for shredded ham - 3 gammon steaks, 150ml apple juice, 1 tsp smoked paprika, one onion all on a red Joesph Joesph chopping board with slow cooker in the background
  • 3 Thick Cut Butchers Gammon Steaks (probably around 1kg in weight)
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 150ml Apple Juice (you can use apple cider or just water if you prefer)
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika

Easy Shredded Ham Recipe

  • Heat the slow cooker to low and lightly grease the inside of the slow cooker pan so the food doesn’t stick.
  • Peel and slice the onion into 3 thick wedges that the gammon steaks can sit on whilst they cook.
onion peeled and sliced into 3 thick slices - small bowl of smoked paprika next to the onions and slow cooker pan in the background
  • Place the onion wedges into the bottom of the slow cooker pan.
black crockpot pan with 3 thick slices of onion in the base
  • Lay the gammon steaks on top of the onion wedges.
butchers gammon steaks laid on top of onion wedges in a black slow cooker pan
  • Pour over the apple juice – you can use apple cider if you prefer or just plain water although you won’t get the same sweetness.
apple juice being poured over gammon steaks in a crockpot pan
  • Make sure the gammon steaks are not completely under the liquid – you want them to just be to be only just in the apple juice.
crockpot pan with gammon steaks and apple juice in ready to cook
  • Sprinkle the smoked paprika over the gammon steaks.
gammon steaks covered in apple juice and sprinkled with smoked paprika ready to cook in the slow cooker pan
  • Cook in the slow cooker on slow for around 6-8 hours. Check the internal temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer. You can get the safe cooked meat temperature guide here. I like to cook gammon until the internal temperature is at least 75 degrees.
crockpot with cooked gammon steaks inside in apple juice - waiting to be made into shredded ham
  • Remove the cooked gammon steaks from the slow cooker and pull the ham apart using two forks – it will come apart really easily to create delicious shredded ham.
cooked butchers gammon steaks on a plate being puled with two forks
  • Once the ham is shredded I let it cool at room temperature for around an hour and then store in the fridge.
orange and white floral bowl filled with homemade shredded ham

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How Long Does Pulled Ham Last In The Fridge?

Shredded ham usually keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days. However to keep safe I always ensure the following….

  • That I cool and store the ham away in the fridge quickly after cooking (within an hour of being cooked)
  • That the temperature of my fridge is below 5C degrees
  • I make sure the ham is well wrapped in foil to stop it drying out.
  • I always make sure the ham is consumed before the use-by date stated on the pack.

Food safety is always your responsibility – for more in-depth food storage information check out the Food Standards Agency guide here.

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bowl of shredded ham with a sweet and smoky flavour

Easy Shredded Ham

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 6 seconds
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 7 minutes 6 seconds

Really tasty sweet and smoky shredded ham that's super versatile and can be used in lots of family dinner ideas.


  • 1kg Gammon Steaks (thick cut)
  • 1 Onion
  • 150ml Apple Juice 
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika


  1. Heat the slow cooker to low.
  2. Lightly grease the inside of the slow cooker pan with olive oil or sunflower oil.
  3. Peel and slice the onion into three thick wedges. Place them in the bottom of the slow cooker pan.
  4. Lay the gammon steaks on top of the onion wedges in the slow cooker.
  5. Pour the apple juice over the gammon.
  6. Sprinkle the smoked paprika over the gammon steaks.
  7. Cook in the slow cooker on low for around 6-8 hours or until cooked through properly.
  8. Once cooked - remove the gammon and shred using two forks.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 44g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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