Cola ham with maple & mustard glaze

Cola ham with maple & mustard glaze

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 6 - 8
Cook a juicy gammon joint in a cinnamon-spiced stock, then add a sticky syrup and clove sauce and serve in thick slices

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal393
  • fat20.4g
  • saturates6.7g
  • carbs13.6g
  • sugars12.7g
  • fibre0.3g
  • protein38.2g
  • salt5g
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  • 2kg unsmoked boneless gammon joint
  • 2l cola (not diet)
  • 1 carrot, chopped



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  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered



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  • 1 stick celery, chopped



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  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tbsp peppercorn
  • 1 bay leaf

For the glaze

  • 150ml maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • pinch of ground cloves or five-spice



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  1. Put the gammon in a large pan and cover with cola. Add the carrot, onion, celery, cinnamon stick, peppercorns and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer for around 2 1/2 hrs, topping up with boiling water if necessary to keep the gammon fully covered.

  2. Carefully pour the liquid away, then let the ham cool a little while you heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Lift the ham into a roasting tin, then cut away the skin leaving behind an even layer of fat. Score the fat all over in a criss-cross pattern.

  3. Mix the glaze ingredients in a jug. Pour half over the fat, roast for 15 mins, then pour over the rest and return to the oven for another 30 mins, baste half way through. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 mins, then spoon more glaze over the top. Can be roasted on the day or up to 2 days ahead and served cold.

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Comments (48)

Balor's picture

Recently made 2 of these for a party, tried a little experiment and used 2 different cola's, 1 a cheap one from tesco, the other Coca Cola.
There was a difference in taste with the end result joint. And surprisingly when I polled the guests about who preferred which joint it split approx 50/50.
Some preferred the one made with tesco sand other vice versa. Both joints still tasted great though.

marionlikesfood's picture

Made this for Christmas this year and it's absolutely delicious, hot or cold. Definitely making again!

cweir1984's picture

Used this recipe for cooking my first ever gammon joint. It turned out amazing and I will definitely be making for Christmas day!
I didn't have a bay leaf or the red wine vinegar, but still tasted great!

michelle_30's picture

Made this today ready for tomorrow's lunch.....very easy to make, looks great and tastes even better. Only down thing was i did boil in water before following the recipe to reduce salt but still is quite salty tasting so next time would leave to soak overnight but otherwise def make again

CookingQueen87's picture

This is the best ham I've ever tasted, hands down - and I usually don't like ham. Made this for Christmas Day, and I'm making another one right now, as we've decided it has to be a 'once a month''s too yummy for just once a year! I used five-spice instead of cloves, and the glaze is fabulous. The ham comes out really tender and juicy, and we managed to keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. (Although there wasn't much left of it by then with us all scoffing pieces).

Daniel Barne's picture

Absolutely gorgeous taste. Just spooned over the final glaze at 12 midnight ready for a lovely lunch/dinner tomorrow. Obligatory taster slice has been carved off and im having to fight a sincere urge to eat the entire 2kg joint....right now. Will be making this again for sure

rich1e's picture

Made this yesterday as a trial for Christmas...WOW! It was absolutely delicious. The only change I made was to add 6 cloves to the cola for the boiling liquid and omitted it from the glaze. Can't wait to have the leftovers in a roll tonight!

rachel5469's picture

I made this yesterday and it was so delicious but I actually did it in my slow cooker and all my family loved it!

keeleyc's picture

How long and what setting did you have your slow cooker on? Thankyou in advance :-)

rachel24171's picture

I made this as a meat choice for Christmas was delicious and has been requested by my 10 year old son for a special family lunch next week. It's easy to do the day before you need it and keeps well if some left over too. The house smelt lovely whilst it was cooking!

mrshollands's picture

This was just delicious!! Was so sad when it was all finished!

tonz1981's picture

I made this for a new years eve party and it went down a treat. Left it to boil for about 3 1/2 hours as the gammon I bought was larger than 2kg.
Half way through boiling I turned the gammon over. It seemed to get bigger as it boiled and the very top was exposed even though a large saucepan was used and covered with cola up to the brim.
The meat was tender and juicy and the flavour was amazing. I used ground allspice instead of cloves. Very easy to make.

the_almo's picture

Just made this with a 6Kg ham on the bone. Adjusted ingredients accordingly, boiled for 4 hours and baked for 1 hour, basting throughout.
Family absolutely loved it!! I have to say that I'm a fussy goody, but this came out as a sublime taste experience.
Plenty left over, so in the fridge overnight, out with the slicer tomorrow, then vac-pack and freeze...
Highly Recommended!

jak81's picture

We cooked this for Christmas and it was absolutely AMAZING!!!

ShivyDevon's picture

Made this for Xmas 2013 using a slow cooker (cooked for 5hrs) and came out lovely and tender and the flavour after the glaze was amazing. Really fab recipe - top marks from me!

massembrockham's picture

if you don't have maple syrup for a recipe what else could you use?

laurajohnstone1's picture

Will this work with smoked gammon?

swaber's picture

can you do stage 1 & 2 the day before ?

katherinegoodchild's picture

I was just wondering exactly the same thing, can't really see why not

bethanygrotto's picture

This was delicious and something I will definitely be cooking again. I was slightly concerned when the cola started to simmer as it seemed to churn up a load of weird black icky residue, but that disappeared after a while. I had to use honey instead of maple syrup as I could not find it anywhere in the supermarket and I also omitted the cloves as I cannot stand the taste, but it smelt amazing and glazed up a treat in the oven. Very impressed with how moist and juicy this was, and it has put me in the festive spirit! Yum yum, certainly a "keeper"....


Questions (1)

katherinegoodchild's picture

Hi, do you think it would be ok to boil the ham, refrigerate overnight then roast just before serving ??? thank you

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