Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham

Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham | Slow Cooker Ham in Coke
First published on 5 December 2016     Updated on 25 January 2023

This Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham is so easy to make.  The cherry cola hits the spot with the perfect sweet/salty combination.  Serve with mash and green beans.

Cherry Cola Ham. I know some people will screw up their face in disgust at the thought of this recipe.  I mean I did myself the first time I heard of it but it is a recipe that totally works.  It has the right taste combination of sweet and salty. Usually I cook this overnight in the slow cooker and walking into the kitchen in the morning you will be met with the most amazing aroma. It. Smells. Sooooo. Good.


Nigella does a Ham in Coca-Cola recipe and this is my take on it.  Having tried both the cherry and the normal flavours of cola I’d say that the cherry version is far, far better as it adds a sweeter taste to the ham. It is a firm Christmas favourite in our household as well as throughout the year.  It is so easy to make and can be left to cook while you are busy at home, out at work or even sleeping!

You can use either a smoked or unsmoked gammon joint it is totally up to you but I much prefer to use the unsmoked version as it is less salty.

Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham | Christmas Ham Recipe


Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham


Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham

This Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham is a Festive favourite in our house. Serve with mash and green beans for a Boxing Day lunch.

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword Christmas, Cooking, dairy free, gluten free, Ham, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Author Denise


  • 1 Gammon Joint Unsmoked
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Sticks Celery
  • Cherry Cola
  • Marmalade
  • Whole Cloves


  1. Peel and slice your onion widthways and chop the celery sticks into quarters. Then chuck them into the slow cooker.

  2. Remove all the packaging from the gammon joint and place into the slow cooker on top of the onion and celery.

  3. Fill the slow cooker the with cherry cola until 2/3rds of the ham is covered. I only used around 400mls of the cherry cola in my slow cooker but depending on how big the gammon joint is you may require more/less liquid.

  4. Cover the slow cooker with the lid, turn on to low and let it cook for around 6-8hours or overnight.

  5. Remove ham from slow cooker and allow the ham to cool a little. Using a knife, remove the rind by gently prising the skin from the fat and lifting it off. Try to keep as much fat on the ham as you can as this helps keep the ham moist as it roasts.

  6. Preheat oven to 200°C or if using a fan oven 180°C.

  7. Using a sharp knife score diagonal lines into the fat on top of the ham and then again the other way to create diamond shapes.

  8. Put a couple of tablespoons of marmalade into a microwaveable bowl. Heat the marmalade up in the microwave for around 20 seconds. Brush the marmalade over the ham and then stud each diamond with a whole clove.

  9. Place ham onto a baking paper lined dish and into preheated oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Baste with the remaining marmalade a few times during cooking until the fat is all caramelised.


Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham | Slow Cooker Ham in Coke


Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham | Festive Ham Recipe


Slow Cooker Christmas Ham


Boxing Day Recipes


How long to cook the gammon for?

I usually cook the gammon on the low setting overnight but if you are cooking this during the day then I’d say to slow cook it for around 6-8 hours.  If you want to use the high setting then I’d go for 3-4 hours.  As the gammon is being cooked in liquid it will be ok if you go over the time as it won’t dry out.


Can you use Diet Cola instead?

Having tried using both diet and the normal colas I’d say that yes you can use the diet version of cola but you don’t get the same sweetness as you do with the full fat version.


What to eat with the Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham?

You can eat it with mash and green beans, roast potatoes and carrots or even along with your Christmas Dinner as an extra side of meat.  Any leftovers can be eaten in sandwiches, with chutneys, cheese and fancy bread, in soups, pies and even pasta dishes.


I can guarantee that this Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Ham will end up on your menu time and time again.  I’m yet to meet someone who has made this dish and not like it.


If you try out this recipe or anything else from my blog, I’d really love to hear any feedback!

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If you are looking for other Slow Cooker recipes:

Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Beef

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken 

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


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