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Whisky marmalade ham

Whisky marmalade ham

Published: November 14, 2020 at 11:08 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 10

Fruity, smoky, sweet and salty, this ham is a Christmas flavour explosion. It looks impressive with the bone in and carved at the table

  • Gluten free

Try this whisky marmalade ham recipe, then check out our slow cooker gammon, roast gammon, baked ham, and more Christmas ham recipes.

Want to go the extra mile? Make your own glaze using our homemade marmalade recipe.

Keep leftovers for those epic post-Christmas Day sarnies (with a little more marmalade if you’re feeling fancy) and eggy breakfast/brunches. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!


  • 5kg uncooked gammon joint, bone-in
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 orange, zest pared, juiced
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • a handful cloves
  • 250g marmalade
  • 100ml whisky
  • 125g soft light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger


  • STEP 1

    Put the gammon in your largest pot into which it will fit comfortably, and top up with cold water to submerge. Add the onion, carrot, bay leaves, orange zest and juice, peppercorns and a few of the cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer, skimming off any scum that forms on the surface. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 3 hours, topping up with more water if the joint becomes exposed.

  • STEP 2

    Remove the ham from the water and cool on a large plate or baking tray until cool enough to handle. Cut away the skin using a sharp knife, leaving a good layer of fat below.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the marmalade, whisky, sugar and ginger in a small pan, stirring until smooth, then remove from the heat. Score diamond patterns into the ham fat, then press a clove into each cross section of the scoring. Transfer to a foil-lined tin and baste with the glaze, covering the fat generously. Roast for 15 minutes, then spoon over the sticky glaze that’s pooled in the tray. Roast for a further 5-10 minutes or until glossy, golden and sticky. Leave to cool slightly before carving into thin slices to serve. Any left-over ham can be kept in the fridge for up to five days.

*This recipe is gluten free according to industry standards

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