Jamie Oliver's Ham Joint Gammon in Coke Slow Cooker Recipe

Updated on November 17, 2015

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Ham Cooked in Coke?

Many people have been talking about this recipe. The idea of cooking ham, or any other meat, in a bottle of Coke was almost an urban legend— until people actually started doing it! The Coke makes the meat so tender that it literally falls apart. It is sweet and beautiful!

My recipe is based on one I found in a Jamie Oliver cookbook and adapted to suit our tastes. This meat is so moreish (addictive) you literally won't be able to stop eating it! It's great served hot with veggies or cold as part of a salad or sandwich. We had half of ours as an evening meal then had the rest in sandwiches the next day— so two meals in one!

The ingredients you will need.
The ingredients you will need.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hours 25 min
Ready in: 4 hours 40 min
Yields: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 kg (6 or 7 lbs) ham or gammon joint, unsmoked
  • 2-4 liters (just enough to cover the ham; depends on size of pot) regular Coke, do not use diet! There have been reports of explosions!
  • 1 large white onion, quartered
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mustard, any type will do
  • 2 tbsp Demerara (unrefined) sugar
  • 4 tbsp runny (not raw) honey
  1. Place the ham in a large pan of water and bring to boil for 5 minutes to get rid of any salt on the meat.
  2. Once boiled, drain the meat and place in the slow cooker (or in a pot on the stove) along with the onion and star anise.
  3. Fill the pot with Coke until the meat is completely covered. If using a slow cooker, set on low for 5 hours or high for 3 (it will be more tender if you can leave it for the full 5 hours). If using a pot on the stovetop, bring to a boil, then simmer on a very low heat for 3 hours under a secure lid.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, remove it from the pot, discard the liquid with the onion and anise, and leave the ham to cool for a few minutes on a plate.
  5. Preheat your oven at 170°C or 340°F.
  6. To make the glaze, mix together all the other ingredients. Stir together well until it is all combined.
  7. Score the meat with 1 - 2 cm deep cuts in a check pattern, then place in a roasting pan or baking tin.
  8. Brush the glaze over, turning to completely coat the meat. Use all the glaze – no point wasting it!
  9. Bake for 25 minutes. You can baste halfway through, using the juices from the bottom of the pan.
  10. Remove from the oven. The glaze should be sticky. Slice and serve with your choice of veggies. Yummy!

Variations

  • If you want to add a little kick of flavor, try adding some cloves, four peppercorns, and a little bit of chili pepper to the glaze.
  • Try roasting some vegetables in the roasting tin with the meat, so they all get nice and sticky, too. I added some sliced carrots and some red peppers, which came out really yummy!

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        DaddyCurbs 

        5 months ago

        Score the meat before putting the coke in, it really helps the flavor see in

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        Ian c 

        8 months ago

        Looking forward to this gammon

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        Pierre 

        11 months ago

        Hey Chantele. I've got an 5kg uncooked gammon I wanna prepare in the slow cooker. How long would I cook it for and on what temperature? I have a Kenwood with a low, high and auto setting

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        Maggie 

        15 months ago

        I am going out before I can doing the second half of the recipe. Will it be ok to finish the glazing in the oven tomorrow?

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        Cat 

        17 months ago

        I made this along with a roast Chicken for dinner for 9 and it went down a treat. Great recipe and so easy to follow! The Coke gives the gammon such a nice flavour.

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        Sandra Pauw 

        18 months ago

        Cant wait to try this tomorrow. Sounds super.

        Shared this recipe.

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        Lewis 

        21 months ago

        Amazing recipe!! I didn't realise that coke could make ham taste so nice and tender.

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        22 months ago from Cardiff

        Oh I hope you like it!!!

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        23 months ago from Cardiff

        No you don't

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        Pamela Hair 

        23 months ago

        Do I need to take the skin off before I glaze it?

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        23 months ago from Cardiff

        I've never tried it to be honest so really wouldnt like to say for definite, but I can't imagine it would be an issue

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        2 years ago from Cardiff

        It would probably cook quicker

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        Esther Goertz 

        2 years ago

        Will the time change if I use a smaller piece 1,5 kg?

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        2 years ago from Cardiff

        I shouldnt think so, it may just end up a bit saltier

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        Sue 

        2 years ago

        Would it matter if you used smoked ham.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        2 years ago

        I usually don't drink soda but I will make an exception with this delightful version of sweet ham. Your post is perfect and very inviting to read. Happy Thanksgiving!

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        4 years ago from Cardiff

        Yep, during cooking, but don't eat them afterwards!

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        Natalie 

        4 years ago

        Hi just going to try this recipe. Does the onion go in with the meat and coke?

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        4 years ago from Cardiff

        Hi Sue, I hope you like it!

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        sue 

        4 years ago

        Sounds lush going to try it over the weekend. Thanks

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        4 years ago from Cardiff

        It will be yummy I promise!!

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        Jodi 

        4 years ago

        I'm doing it with pork roast tonight for my hubby, he loves pork belly and I thought I'd try something different. I've been looking for this recipe using cola, so far smells great, can't wait for the smell of the glaze wafting thru the house!!!!!

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        4 years ago from Cardiff

        It always tastes so good!

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        Leah 

        4 years ago

        I've cooked mine like this for years it's a must try its beautiful meat

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        4 years ago from Cardiff

        Hi Egg I hope you enjoy it!

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        egg 

        4 years ago

        Doing it now il let you know

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        5 years ago from Cardiff

        Hi @Nash this is the best recipe ever, I promise you will love it!

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        Nash 

        5 years ago

        Going to cook this tomorrow in the big Crock Pot, sounds YUM! :)

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        6 years ago from Cardiff

        This ones great, why not take a look at some of my others too!

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        Francesca27 

        6 years ago from Hub Page

        Good one. I'm always looking for a slow cooker recipe. I'm going to try your recipe.

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        6 years ago from Cardiff

        It leaves the meat super tender!

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        emilybee 

        6 years ago

        This is sooo so awesome. I think I have heard of this, but now I know how to do it! The flavor must be so amazing!! Great hub!

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        6 years ago from Cardiff

        Thank you! Your very right, a ham joint is something so nice, and not too expensive and most people wouldn't have a clue how to cook it, other than simply putting it in the oven to roast on its own.

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        beaddve1800 

        6 years ago from Toronto

        Nice recipe, shared!

        (You know, what? Lots of people don't know how to cook a good ham! This recipe helps them a lot!)

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