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Our Slow Cooker Christmas Ham is the perfect Christmas ham recipe. Slowly simmered in apple cider and spices and then finished in the oven with a honey and mustard glaze. Seriously, it’s mouthwateringly good!

Honestly, our Christmas Ham recipe is just super easy to make. And the end result is the most succulent, flavoursome ham.

The apple cider and spices infuse the ham with delicious flavours and by finishing the cooked ham in the oven with a honey and mustard glaze it’s just perfect!

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Great for feeding a crowd as part of a Christmas buffet or for serving as a roast ham dinner with roast potatoes and Christmas side dishes.

And the leftovers make tastiest sandwiches!

Slow Cooker Christmas Ham, with some slices carved off, sat on a wooden serving board alongside a pot of wholegrain mustard.

Slow Cooker Christmas Ham Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of lovely ingredients to make our delicious Christmas Ham recipe

slow cooker christmas ham ingredients on a white table - joint of ham, bottle of apple cider, bottle of apple juice, plate with spices on - cinnamon stick, all spice berries, bay leaf, star anise and cloves, alongside a saucer with brown sugar on it, a pot of honey, pot of mustard and pot of honey and a brown onion

For the slow cooker ham joint

  • 2kg ham joint (sometimes called gammon joints – I use the unsmoked ham joint so it picks up the flavours from the spices better)
  • 1 large onion
  • 500ml apple juice
  • Boiling water – enough to top up to cover the ham joint in the slow cooker
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 all spice berries
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cloves

For the honey and mustard glaze

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 3 tsp English mustard

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Measuring jug
  • Small bowl
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Roasting tin
  • 2 sheets of tin foil to line the roasting tin

How To Make Slow Cooker Christmas Ham

You’ll LOVE how easy this slow cooker recipe is!

Step One – How to cook gammon joint in slow cooker

  • Preheat the slow cooker on the low setting.
  • Peel and slice the onion into wedges and scatter them into the bottom of the slow cooker bowl.
  • Rest the ham joint on top of the onion wedges
joint of gammon in the slow cooker on top of onion slices. Bottle of apple cider, apple juice and saucer of spices are at the side of the slow cooker pot
  • Then pour over the apple cider, apple juice and add in the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and all spice berries.
  • Pour over enough boiling water to just cover the slow cooker ham joint.
joint of ham in the slow cooker covered with apple cider and apple juice, floating in the juice is star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves and a bay leaf.
  • How long to cook ham in slow cooker – I cook the slow cooker ham joint on low in the slow cooker for around 5 1/2 hours.

Cooks Tip – Meat Thermometers

Slow cookers can vary so much, so it’s always a worth using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the centre of the meat is a least 65C once cooked. And continue cooking until that minumum temperature is reached.

Step Two – Glaze the ham and roast in the oven

  • Once the ham is cooked through – remove the gammon joint from the slow cooker and rest for around 10 minutes on a plate.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  • Line the roasting tin with at least 2 sheets of tin foil – make sure it comes right up the sides of the tin. The glaze will burn onto the roasting tin in the oven and it’s a nightmare to clean! This way you can just take out the foil and throw it away, so no scrubbing!
cooked slow cooker christmas ham on a plate alongside a bowl with honey, brown sugar and mustard in it
  • Remove the strings from the slow cooker ham joint and take off the layer of skin and some of the fatty layer – it should peel away easily if you run a knife underneath it.
  • Then put the joint into the tray and score the fat – you can just do this in lines, or make a diamond pattern. Don’t go to loads of fuss – the emphasis here is on big flavour, cooked easily with no faff!
cooked slow cooker ham in a roasting tin lined with tin foil. Ham has has skin and some fat removed, the fat left has been scored and the joint of ham has been spread with honey and mustard glaze
  • Mix up the honey and mustard glaze – just tip honey, mustard and sugar into a bowl and mix together into a thick paste.
  • Spread half onto the slow cooker Christmas ham and then bake in the oven for around 15 minutes.
  • Remove the ham from the oven, add the rest of the honey and mustard glaze and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes to finish baking.
honey and mustard glazed Christmas ham fresh from the oven in a roasting tin lined with tin foil
  • Don’t worry if the glaze is blackening, this just adds to a delicious caramelised flavour! Although you can if you prefer cover it loosely with tin foil.

Step Three- Serve the slow cooker Christmas ham

cooked Slow Cooker Christmas Ham on a wooden serving board decorated with rosemary and served with a pot of wholegrain mustard.
  • Leave the ham to cool down a little before carving as this will make it easier to carve.
  • Serve the ham, sliced on a platter alongside a pot of mustard, cranberry or apple sauce.

Slow Cooker Christmas Ham Variations

  • Change the spices – you could just cook with cinnamon and skip out the other spices if you prefer a plainer tasting ham joint
  • Skip the cider – feel free to just cook the slow cooker ham joint in just apple juice and miss out the cider if you prefer to cook without alcohol.
  • Go fancy with the glaze – if you prefer you can stud the ham with cloves after covering with the glaze for a more traditional look.

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Slow Cooker Christmas Ham Recipe Tips!

Can I cook ham the day before Christmas?

Sure you can! You can simmer this ham up on Christmas Eve if you like, then cool and store in the fridge, wrapped in foil until Christmas Day.

How far ahead can you cook Christmas ham?

You can make our Christmas Ham slow cooker recipe up to 3 days in advance and just cool and keep in the fridge wrapped tightly in foil to stop it drying out. Check here for more food storage times and tips. And be sure to east the ham before the use-by date.

How do I keep my ham from drying out?

The best way to stop the ham drying out is to make sure that whilst it’s cooking you keep the liquid levels topped up so that the ham is always covered whilst in the slow cooker. If you’re making the ham ahead of time, leave the joint whole and just carve it when you’re ready to serve, this will help to stop the ham drying out.

Love your leftovers!

Leftover slow cooker ham joint can be used up in lots of ways – it’s perfect for using as part of an easy dinner recipe. Try it as a sandwich filler, as pizza topping, in Chinese style fried rice, use it in carbonara, toasted sandwiches, or as a baked potato filler.

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Yield: Serves 8-10

Slow Cooker Christmas Ham

Slow Cooker Christmas Ham, with some slices carved off, sat on a wooden serving board alongside a pot of wholegrain mustard.

Super easy Christmas ham recipe - slowly cooked in apple cider flavoured with spices for a succulent, flavoursome finish.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2kg unsmoked ham joint
  • 1 onion
  • 500ml apple cider
  • 500ml apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 all spice berries
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tsp English mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat the slow cooker on the low setting.
  2. Peel and slice the onion into wedges and scatter them into the bottom of the slow cooker bowl.
  3. Rest the ham joint on top of the onion wedges
  4. Then pour over the apple cider, apple juice and add in the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and all spice berries.
  5. Pour over enough boiling water to just cover the slow cooker ham joint.
  6. Cook the slow cooker ham joint on low in the slow cooker for around 5 1/2 hours (see notes below about meat temperature)
  7. Once the ham is cooked through – remove the gammon joint from the slow cooker and rest for around 10 minutes on a plate.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  9. Line the roasting tin with at least 2 sheets of tin foil – make sure it comes right up the sides of the tin.
  10. Remove the strings from the slow cooker ham joint and take off the layer of skin and some of the fatty layer – it should peel away easily if you run a knife underneath it.
  11. Then put the joint into the tray and score the fat – you can just do this in lines, or make a diamond pattern. Don’t go to loads of fuss – the emphasis here is on big flavour, cooked easily with no faff!
  12. Mix up the honey and mustard glaze – just tip honey, mustard and sugar into a bowl and mix together into a thick paste.
  13. Spread half onto the slow cooker Christmas ham and then bake in the oven for around 15 minutes.
  14. Remove the ham from the oven, add the rest of the honey and mustard glaze and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes to finish baking. Don't worry if the glaze is blackening, this just adds to a delicious caramelised flavour! Although you can cover loosely with foil if you prefer.
  15. Once cooked, leave the ham to cool down a little before carving as this will make it easier to carve.
  16. Serve the ham, sliced on a platter alongside a pot of mustard, cranberry or apple sauce.

Notes

Slow cookers can vary so much, So it’s always a worth using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the centre of the meat is a least 65C once cooked. And continue cooking until that minumum temperature is reached.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 2199mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 50g

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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