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

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The cola makes the meat so tender that it literally falls apart.

The cola makes the meat so tender that it literally falls apart.

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 we had two meals in one!

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The ingredients you will need

The ingredients you will need

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

4 hours 25 min

4 hours 40 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 kilograms (6 or 7 pounds) ham or gammon joint, unsmoked
  • 2 to 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 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard, any type will do
  • 2 tablespoons Demerara (unrefined) sugar
  • 4 tablespoons runny (not raw) honey

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Fill the pot with Coke until the meat is completely covered.

Fill the pot with Coke until the meat is completely covered.

Instructions

  1. Place the ham in a large pan of water and bring to boil for 5 minutes. This step gets 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, combine the remaining ingredients: cinnamon, ginger, soy sauce, mustard, Demerara sugar, and honey. Mix well.
  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 on the ham, turning it to coat the meat completely. Use all of 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!
Use all of the glaze—no point wasting it!

Use all of the glaze—no point wasting it!

Variations

  • For an extra kick: If you want it to be a bit spicier, try adding some cloves, four peppercorns, and a little bit of chili pepper to the glaze.
  • Roasted vegetables: 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!
Slice the ham and serve with your choice of veggies. Delicious!

Slice the ham and serve with your choice of veggies. Delicious!

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