Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

Great for your Christmas or New Year table, and also perfect for a Sunday roast all year round, slow cooker gammon glazed with maple syrup is so easy to make and bound to be a hit with your family.

The maple syrup makes the gammon or ham just taste sublime, with that sweet but mellow flavour.

This gammon is cooked in apple juice then glazed with maple syrup and roasted briefly in the oven to give this marvellous result.

Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

What is Gammon?

If you are not from the UK where gammon is a common cut of meat, then gammon is an uncooked cured piece of pork leg, which we buy uncooked from the supermarket, either as smoked or unsmoked gammon. I prefer unsmoked as smoked is very salty.

We often soak gammon before cooking to remove some of the salt. I find that choosing unsmoked usually makes this not necessary.

We then cook it either in the slow cooker or by baking in the oven to make ham. So gammon could be called a fresh ham, as you need to cook it before eating it, as it is raw.

Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

Simple to Make

No slaving over a hot oven for hours or checking water levels in a pan required here. Just put the gammon in your slow cooker and off you go!

Over the holiday period you can simply pop the gammon in the crockpot and do something else, a spot of present wrapping, writing Christmas cards, visiting friends. You can even cook this overnight if you are short on oven space for your festive dishes.

Just half an hour in a hot oven at the end and you will have a golden gammon joint which is so tender inside from slow cooking in apple juice.

Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

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Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

Slow Cooker Gammon Glazed with Maple Syrup

Slow Cooker Maple-Glazed Gammon

Make your Christmas gammon or ham in your slow cooker, maple syrup adds amazing flavour
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 32 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 339kcal


  • 2 kg approx joint of unsmoked gammon (ham) serves approx 6-8 people with leftovers as ham
  • 300 ml clear apple juice
  • 50 ml amber pure maple syrup


  • Place the gammon in the slow cooker, pour the apple juice in the bottom, replace the lid, and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 5-6 hours.
  • About half an hour from the end, preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  • When the cooking time has passed, carefully use two forks to remove the gammon from the slow cooker and place it in a baking tray. If the gammon has string on it, remove it now.
  • Pat dry the fat on top of the gammon using kitchen roll, then score it in a diamond pattern using a sharp knife.
  • Pour the maple syrup on top of the gammon.
  • Place the gammon on the baking tray in the oven and cook for half an hour, until golden. Baste occasionally with the cooking juices and maple syrup during cooking.
  • Remove from the oven, leave to rest for at least ten minutes (if you try to cut it straightaway it may shred rather than carve as it is so soft), and then carve.
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Post originally published January 03 2016. Images updated December 18 2018.

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Maple syrup is such a brilliant ingredient isn’t it? Seems to go with everything!

This was so nice don’t like gammon bu loved this everyone ate it all will do again

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Wow look at the color on that gammon? This looks great and I bet it’s tasty.

That maple glaze looks and sounds incredible! I do love me some gammon! 🙂


I think this gammon looks wonderful. The ingredients are simple but I am sure the perfect glaze. Thanks for sharing.

This maple glaze sounds amazing! Plus I now know what a gammon is 😉

I had to google what a “gammon” was, lol. #YankeeProblems

Nice recipe! Though I’d prefer to bend over and check this delight once in a while! I love the smell coming from these recipes! Think I’ll make this once on my BBQ! Nice recipe thanks for sharing.

Greetz Simon

Oh Lucy this looks delicious – I think you made me drool a little. Ive cooked lots of hams over the years but a maple glaze sounds amazing!

Fuss Free Helen

I love slow cooked joints of meat, the result is always so flavour packed and tender.

Can you believe, I have NEVER cooked a ham. Love the idea of simple maple syrup glaze. Thanks for sharing my tandoori lamb too!