If you like pulled pork, I guarantee that you will love this slow cooker pulled gammon! Pulled gammon, or ham, is a salty, delicious main dish that’s made with only 2 ingredients.
Gammon is a traditional British dish, and is an excellent easy family dinner. It's also suitable for slimming world and weight watchers. This post is written for the supermarket ASDA, who sells some of the best gammon joints I have ever had.
To make pulled gammon, you will need a gammon joint (or ham joint!) and stock or other liquid alternatives. This comes together really easily, and only two ingredients are needed!
I like to use ASDA unsmoked gammon joint, which you can buy here. Any gammon joint will work.
You will also need a slow cooker / Crockpot. For this recipe, you can use any size slow cooker, as long as the gammon joint can comfortably fit in it.
👪 Gammon serving size
Gammon joints come in different sizes. Estimate about 100 g gammon per serving. This recipe works perfectly for any size and shape gammon joint. Just make sure your slow cooker is large enough to fit the gammon joint comfortably, along with some liquid.
⏲️ Cooking time
This recipe can be done in as little as 4 hours, or you can leave the gammon in the slow cooker for up to 10 hours. The great thing about slow cooking meat is that you can adjust the cooking time to fit your schedule!
Cooking gammon in the slow cooker is very easy and straight forward. Here is what you have to do:
Step 1: Prepare the gammon. If your gammon joint has a pork rind, remove this and other external fat.
Step 2: Add the gammon to your slow cooker (remove the packaging!).
Step 3: Add some liquid to your slow cooker. Use vegetable or ham stock, water, or try any of these flavor variations. You want to add at least 1-2 cups of liquid.
Step 4: Cook the gammon on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.
Step 5: When the gammon is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the gammon to pieces.
💡 TIP! 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.
📖 Flavor variations
Gammon is delicious, but it can be made even more interesting by adding some flavors. Here are some of my favorites:
- BBQ sauce, teriyaki, sweet and sour, sweet chili or mushroom sauce - Add this to the gammon after it is cooked and shredded.
- Soda or juice like ginger ale, coke, fanta, pineapple juice, apple juice etc. - Use this in place of water. The drinks will remove some of the salt from the gammon, and will leave the pork more easy to eat. Don’t worry, it won’t actually taste like soda.
🍲 Storing and using leftovers
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.
🥗 Serving suggestions
Gammon is typically served as a classic roast dinner with roasted potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, gravy, and other cooked vegetables.
You can also be a bit more creative, and use pulled gammon in kale soup or fried rice.
💡 TIP! Try something creative! Pulled gammon is essentially a more salty version of pulled pork, and can be used in pulled pork recipes. Try using gammon to make these pulled pork tacos!
🐖 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. The flavor is very salty, and you can buy gammon joints smoked or unsmoked. If you don't have gammon available, you can use a ham joint instead.
💭 Tips for making pulled gammon
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.
📋 Frequently asked questions
How do I make gammon less salty? - To remove some of the saltiness, you can soak the gammon joint in water before cooking it. I like to remove it from the packaging the night before, then store it in a container with water overnight before cooking it. I can barely taste the salt!
Is gammon good for you? - Gammon is heavily processed meat, but can definitely be enjoyed occasionally.
Slow cooker pulled gammon
- 1 gammon joint
- 500 ml stock (½ cups)
- Prepare the gammon. If your gammon joint has a pork rind, remove this and other external fat.
- Add the gammon to your slow cooker (remove the packaging!).
- Cook the gammon on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.
- When the gammon is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the gammon to pieces.
📖 FLAVOR VARIATIONSGammon is delicious, but it can be made even more interesting by adding some flavors. Here are some of my favorites:
- BBQ sauce, teriyaki, sweet and sour, sweet chili or mushroom sauce – Add this to the gammon after it is cooked and shredded.
- Soda or juice like ginger ale, coke, fanta, pineapple juice, apple juice etc. – Use this in place of water. The drinks will remove some of the salt from the gammon, and will leave the pork more easy to eat. Don’t worry, it won’t actually taste like soda.
Interesting ! I've never heard of Pulled gammon before but now I'm intrigued! Wonder how easy it is to find in the US!
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 🙂
I've never had pulled gammon before, but after reading this I think I'll definitely give it a go! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Oh you definitely should! Hope you like it!
Wow, I didn't know you can do pulled gammon. Thanks for sharing.
You absolutely can and it's highly recommended! 🙂
I remember reading about gammon in a Beatirx Potter book and I had no idea what it was. haha. Now I know! Looks delicious!
It's really nice, like bacon flavored ham!
I have never tried something like this before. Sounds fantastic! Must try.
Thank you! Hope you like it 🙂
Thanks for including my stuffed sweet potatoes!
No problem, they are great! 🙂
Are you an American? It's spelt flavour. Please fix.
Hi Myles! I'm actually Norwegian, and as you noticed, I write in American English.