Slow cooker pulled gammon

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Slow cooker pulled gammon

Pulled pork is a great, versatile staple dish. This slow cooker pulled gammon, or pulled roast ham as it’s called outside of the UK, is a great twist on the classic pulled pork. The cured ham has an amazing salty flavor that just can’t be beat.

This recipe is incredibly simple. Pulled gammon is lovely as a main dish and an alternative to roast. I also like to make a batch of pulled gammon to eat through the week. Add it to salads, omelettes, stir fries or soups. Serve them as tacos, add to enchiladas, or eat warm gammon with eggs or roast potatoes. There are many uses for pulled gammon, and in my opinion this is the easiest way to prepare gammon.

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Sauces that go with pulled gammon

I usually cook and serve gammon plain, or with some gravy. If you want to use any other sauces, I recommend cooking and pulling the ham, then stir in your sauce. I think pulled gammon would be great with BBQ sauce or teriyaki, but you can make it with any sauce that you like.

How to cook gammon in the slow cooker

Cooking gammon in the slow cooker is almost too easy. There are two steps: first, chuck the gammon straight into the slow cooker. Then, add some sort of liquid. You don’t have to completely cover the gammon in the liquid, we just want to add a tiny bit to make sure that the meat doesn’t dry out. There are many types of liquid that work really well. You can add some stock, or water with a stock cube for a more traditional variety. If you feel like adding some sweetness, use a tin of pineapple chunks (add the liquid and the chunks), some coke or other fizzy drink, or sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Cook the gammon on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.

gammon in slow cooker

Freezing and storing cooked gammon

Gammon can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat before serving. You can also store pulled gammon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Add to soups, stews, casseroles or salads for quick and filling meals.

Gammon vs ham

Ham and gammon are cuts from the same part of a pig, the hind leg. In the UK we use the word gammon to describe cured, uncooked ham. It has been treated similarly to bacon, and is not safe to eat raw. The flavor is very salty, and you can buy gammon joints smoked or unsmoked. In some other versions of English, the word gammon is not used, and instead the word ham is used to describe any cut of hind leg pork meat. Other dialects use both gammon and ham interchangeably. Therefore, in some countries you will find that gammon and ham are one and the same, whereas in other places they are different things.

Tips for making pulled gammon

Be safe! Pork is safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 62°C / 145°F. To avoid food poisoning, it is always recommended to use a meat thermometer to make sure that the meat is cooked through. I use this thermometer, which is really inexpensive, and can be used to check the internal temperature of any meat or liquids.

Remove the fat. Many gammon joints are sold with the fat removed. I always remove pork fat when using the slow cooker. When slow cooking fat, it turns into a jelly like texture, and becomes inedible. Cut off the fat before cooking the gammon to avoid this problem altogether. By removing the fat, gammon is also low on calories, and syn free on the popular slimming world diet.

It’s all about the side dishes. Here are some of my favorites: sweet potato chickpea salad with kale and walnutsGreek pasta salad with feta and spinach, and butternut squash pasta sauce, halloumi and butternut squash salad.

Use your leftovers. Leftover gammon is amazing. Use it cold in salads or sandwiches, in bacon and lentil soup (use gammon instead of bacon), leftover ham pot pie or in stuffed sweet potatoes.

Slow cooker pulled gammon

Pulled gammon is a tasty and quick way to prepare meat in bulk. Serve as a roast dinner with vegetables, gravy and yorkshire puddings, in tacos, stews, soups, casseroles or salads. This recipe is an easy and kid-friendly dinner that's also perfect for meal prep.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
5 from 5 votes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: British, International
Keyword: gammon, slow cooker
Servings: 8
Calories: 97kcal
Cost: Cheap

Equipment

  • Slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 gammon joint
  • 250 ml stock or pineapple juice, apple juice or coke

Instructions

  • Add the gammon joint to the slow cooker and pour over your liquid of choice
  • Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 8-10 hours. Pork is safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 62°C / 145°F, and it is always recommended to use a meat thermometer to check that it's done.
  • Remove the gammon from the slow cooker, and discard the liquid as it will be far too salty to use. Use two forks to pull the meat apart. Gammon can be served either hot or cold.

Notes

Estimate approximately 100-120g gammon per serving. The nutritional information and serving count in this recipe is based on a 900g gammon joint. 

Storing pulled gammon

Gammon can be frozen raw or cooked for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat before serving. You can also store pulled gammon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Add to soups, stews, wraps, casseroles or salads for quick and filling meals.
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12 Comments
  • Vicky
    Posted at 19:55h, 23 September Reply

    5 stars
    Interesting ! I’ve never heard of Pulled gammon before but now I’m intrigued! Wonder how easy it is to find in the US!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 19:59h, 23 September Reply

      It’s really nice, it’s like pulled pork just with that cured bacon flavor.. super popular in the UK! I hope you can find it 🙂

  • Chris Collins
    Posted at 19:56h, 23 September Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve never had pulled gammon before, but after reading this I think I’ll definitely give it a go! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Tonje
      Posted at 19:59h, 23 September Reply

      Oh you definitely should! Hope you like it!

  • Emese
    Posted at 20:13h, 23 September Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, I didn’t know you can do pulled gammon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 06:50h, 24 September Reply

      You absolutely can and it’s highly recommended! 🙂

  • Raia Todd
    Posted at 20:42h, 23 September Reply

    5 stars
    I remember reading about gammon in a Beatirx Potter book and I had no idea what it was. haha. Now I know! Looks delicious!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 06:50h, 24 September Reply

      It’s really nice, like bacon flavored ham!

  • Kushigalu
    Posted at 20:54h, 23 September Reply

    5 stars
    I have never tried something like this before. Sounds fantastic! Must try.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 06:51h, 24 September Reply

      Thank you! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Alyssa Brantley
    Posted at 16:25h, 24 September Reply

    Thanks for including my stuffed sweet potatoes!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:45h, 24 September Reply

      No problem, they are great! 🙂

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