Overhead photo of finished joint of slow cooker ham on a wooden board with a white napkin, a bunch of parsley and two slices cut off.

Slow Cooker Ham with Spiced Cider

The easiest ever Slow Cooker Ham recipe - A gammon joint cooked in apple juice and/or cider with spices for added flavour, smothered in honey, mustard and brown sugar for a delicious outer crunch.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 148 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes


  • Smoked bone out gammon (about 2kg)
  • 1 Carrot thickly sliced
  • 1 Onion cut in to quarters
  • 3 tbsp Mixed Spice
  • 500 ml Cider
  • 1 ltr Apple juice depending on the size of your slow cooker

For the glaze:

  • 6 tbsp Runny honey
  • 3 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp English mustard powder This is optional, if you like the flavour of mustard
Metric - Imperial


  1. Turn on your slow cooker, this recipe can be done either on high or low depending how hungry you are! 

  2. Quarter the onion and thickly chop the carrot. 

  3. Rub the mixed spice on to the ham. 

  4. Put the onion, carrot and ham joint into your slow cooker. 

  5. Add in your cider, and upto 1ltr of apple juice (the exact quantity depends on the size of your slow cooker, ideally the joint would be covered) 

  6. Place the lid on and cook on high for 4-6 hours OR low for 6-8 hours. If you can baste, and turn the joint whilst cooking.  

  7. When the cooking time is complete, take out of the slow cooker and discard the vegetables, liquid and spices.

  8. Remove the string and layer of fat/skin (if your gammon has them). Score the fat.
  9. Put into a roasting pan and drench in the honey. Pat the sugar onto the honey. (Make sure you line the baking tin with tin foil as the honey and sugar combo can really stick to the pan!)
  10. Roast for the remaining 30 minutes at about 200C until the ham is just blackening and crispy at the edges.
  11. When cold, store in the fridge and enjoy whenever! 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Ham with Spiced Cider
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Vitamin A 1700IU34%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.