The Best Slow Cooker Gammon Recipe

best slow cooker gammon recipe

After much searching I have finally found the best way to cook gammon in the slow cooker, and it only takes 1 minute and 2 ingredients to make!

I have spent a lot of time trying out gammon recipes in my slow cooker. I have cooked it in apple juice, orange juice, cider, sweet chilli jam, coke, massaging it with cloves and other freaky seasonings, stock and gravy and while most of these are nice (orange juice – BLEURGH!) none of the recipes were perfect.

Then one day last week I tried cooking it with a tin of pineapple, and it was all kinds of AWESOME. I hadn’t even photo’d it because I had so little faith in it being anything special. It was so good I had to make it again this week!

It is not too salty, not too sweet, just perfecto. The gammon just shreds to pieces and the meat absolutely melts in your mouth. I’ll stop with the foodgasm now, and just urge you to make this!!



1 gammon joint (I use unsmoked)

1 tin of pineapple in natural juice (chopped, sliced or however it comes)

crockpot gammon


1) Pop your gammon join in the slow cooker and pour over the tin of pineapple.

2) That’s it. Really? Really! Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8+ hours.

3) When it is cooked remove the gammon joint and shred with two forks. Don’t be tempted to eat the pineapple it has cooked with, it will be all salty and rank (I tried). Grill or fry some more if you want to serve it with pineapple!

Serve as part of a roast dinner or with egg and chips. The leftovers make a mean sandwich or omelette filling.

Let me know if you try this and find it as yummy as I do! L x




  1. I’ve recently inherited a slow cooker, but it’s a big one and I’ve never used it because I’m terrified it will all go wrong. My main worry is all the books say that the must be adequate liquid in the cover, at least two thirds. However I see your recipe has very little liquid. Can you share a little slow cooker wisdom on this as this looks yummy? 🙂

    • It won’t go wrong, try it! It is quite hard to go wrong with a slow cooker, but for peace of mind try it when you are home for the day so you can keep checking on it if you are worried.

      Don’t worry too much about the amount of liquid – The meat tends to give out some juice too so it shouldn’t dry out. I read that guide about the liquid at first but soon started experimenting – I’ve never had a dish go dry and when I was at uni and work I used to leave my slow cooker on 6am-7pm some days. I always tend to use the low setting.

      If you are really nervous the first time you do this recipe and it’s a really big cooker, adding an extra cup of pineapple juice won’t hurt 🙂

      Another slow cooker tip – never bother browning off meat first – such a waste of time and who wants to fry meat first thing in the morning!!

      L x

      • Hi Laurenne
        brilliant, thanks so much for the tips, I’m very much a slow cooker virgin and this seems easy enough so I’ll definitely give it a go. I’m hoping it’s going to make life easier in the long run 🙂 x

    • Hi Gillian, Ive got 2 slow cookers, one is a huge 6.5 litre. I use it for batch cooking for chilli, stews, soups etc. Done a sausage casserole recently using 10 sausages and only put in about 1 litre of stock, cooked on low and all was fine, just make sure liquid comes up about 2 inches and cook on low, shouldnt dry out. I also use a 4.5 litre for everyday cooking if not freezing meals. Hope that helps.

      Have gammon with pineapple in at the minute, cant wait for dinner! It sounds tasty. Thanks Laureene!

  2. I love gammon but have never really tried cooking it in the slow cooker as didn’t want to have a disaster and to lose a whole joint of meat – I love that you’ve done all the trying and testing for me so all I have to do is put a gammon joint and a tin of pineapple in the slow cooker! Amazing! I am so, so, so trying this! Thanks so much 🙂 x

  3. I love anything that can be done in a slow cooker. They are amazing. I make so many different things in mine. Thanks for sharing this I will definitely bookmark it and give it a go. Gammon is one thing I haven’t made in mine yet.

  4. I could not live without my slow cooker, have gammon and pineapple in mine now, house smells amazing. Can’t wait for dinner!! Thanks Laureene x

  5. Wow how easy will have to give this a go next time I buy a gammon joint, pineapple and gammon go so well together and they are both favourites in this house-thanks for the fab idea! x

  6. I tried this yesterday, and it was lovely – it made the meat so tender it just fell apart. Usually I boil and then roast it, this was was loads easier, perfect for days that I’m at work all day xx

  7. So, tried this yesterday for Easter Sunday dinner (no pressure). Everyone thought it was amazing, they could not believe how tender it was. One person who normally hates gammon had seconds. Thanks for posting the recipe and tips, looking forward to more slow cooker recipes.. Sausage casserole? 🙂 x

  8. Made this yesterday and did not see the going of it! My kids are autistic and can be really fussy with new food, but this disappeared in minutes! Thank you so much 😀

  9. I have cooked Gammon with Cola in the slow cooker before and it was lovely, but looking forward to trying this for dinner tomorrow 🙂

  10. Would not cook joints any other way! Every Sunday when I get up, I pop them in and when we come home from Church meat is so tender. Do whole chicken like this too. If you want it browned just pop chicken in hot oven while veggies cooking. Just off to add pineapple to gammon now! Used juices in past so looking forward to trying this.

  11. Hi Laurenne, i am cooking Sunday supper for 8 tomorrow, (first time i have ever really cooked) the gammon joint is 5 lbs in weight, is one tin of pineapple juice enough? And how long do you think it will take to cook?
    Many thanks

  12. Hi Laurenne, my gammon joint is 5 lbs (for 8 people) will one tin of pineapple be enough? and also how long do you think it will take to cook? (My first time in the kitchen, and cooking for 8 of my family)
    Many thanks for your help

    • Eeek sorry I have only just got online to reply – one tin would probably OK but maybe go with 2 just in case? I imagine it will be the same timings 8-10 hours on low or 6-8 on high. L x

  13. in America Gammon is called Smoked Ham. But I’m living in Africa and they sale only Gammon. To cook the Gammon here correctly i was told to boil before baking. With ur recipe, would I still need to boil or can I just add to slow cooker with the pineapple? I have my Gammon thawing so hoping for a quick response to cook tomorrow. Thank you

  14. Have just traipsed through various recipes via google to look for how to lose my slow cooking virginity. I have taken a piece of gammon out of the freezer and thought this would be a good place to start. The orange that I have seen in recipes doesn’t appeal. I was a bit dubious about the sweet / savoury factor also as my partner also is not so keen on the mix. I am convinced, after reading all of these lovely comments that it will be the one to make. I have a 6.5l, so may add a bit of extra water so that it doesn’t cook dry. Thank you so much for the recipe, the making it so easy! I have always boiled my gammon for hours and hours on the stove so I think this will be just perfect. Still haven’t tried it in cola yet. Still not convinced!! Will let you know tomorrow how it goes. Thank you so much! x

  15. This sounds great. I’m out all day tomorrow and have a gammon in the fridge ready and waiting. Let’s hope my extremely fussy 9yr old daughter likes it!

  16. Tried it and it was delicious! My daughter was fussy as usual, but after a few tastes she actually ate it all without any more fuss. Unheard of, so thank you! Will definitely try this again. The other children want it with cider next, but I think I’ll trust you and stick to what my daughter will actually eat.

  17. Hi, I can’t wait to try this. I would normally soak the gammon joint overnight in cold water to remove excess salt. Do I still need to do that?
    Thanks for sharing this

  18. Thanks Laurenne, I found your blog when searching for ways to cook gammon in slow cooker. This was by far the easiest & quickest way, no soaking overnight, and turned out really well, it was lovely and enjoyed by the whole family. Thank you C x

  19. Gammon in pineapple is YUMMY ! so easy to cook . i love my slow cooker . dont be afraid to try out recipies people !! I chuck anything and everything in mine and hope for the best and not been dissapointed yet ! Gammon in coke & honey is lush too x

  20. No soaking overnight is even better! I have made this twice now but did soak overnight because I wasn’t sure. My other half turns his nose up at gammon normally but cooked this way has been a certain winner, he loves it

  21. Fabulous!!!! This is the very best and tastiest gammon I have had. So easy and simple to cook. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will definitely be cooking this again, yummy!

  22. I found this recipe this morning… I cooked my piece of gammon on high for 5 hours… Wow!! Yum! I served it with sliced fried potatoes and a fried egg. Thank you for the recipe.

  23. I’m very keen to try this but love the look of serving it glazed. Could I slow cook the gammon in pineapple then glaze or will it fall apart?
    Thank you

  24. Hi,
    After looking for ages for a simple staight forward tasty receipe, i found an american one thats cooked in brown suger but I couldn’t make sense of the type of joint they used and cups of sugar and I was worried about it being dry, yours was the only one that seems to fit all the criteria and the reviews look great, I was wondering if it will be as nice using a smoked gammon(as that’s what I have) and will I be able to slice it rather than shred or does it just fall apart! And one last thing, what do I do about the skin, do I leave it on for cooking and remove it after or take it off first, I haven’t cooked one in the slow cooker before so I’m a bit nervous of it going wrong!

    • Will be fine with smoked 🙂 and should slice if you want to but does fall apart a bit its so tender. Leave the skin / fat on and just pull of when its cooked it just falls off then. Hope you enjoy! L x

      • I love this and cook it lots. If you leave the meat to go cold, I find it slices well then but tends to be more shredded when cut hot.

  25. I noticed you didnt like the gammon cooked in orange juice, i cook it fairly often and the first time is was horrible cold, but i found the orange juice and temp makes all the difference, it needs to be squeezed orange juice and not the crap that comes from concentrate, as long as the orange juce stays orange the end result is nice and tangy but if the juice turns brown then it kills it, definately going to try cooking in pineapple in the next week 🙂

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