Ham in ginger beer

Ham in ginger beer


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About this recipe: An alternative take on Nigella's ham in Coke®! Thought I'd experiment as I don't like Coke®, and this is the result!

chaoswitch Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 1 medium ham joint
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 2 apples, cored and quartered ( optional)
  • fiery ginger beer to just cover the ham
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dessertspoon wholegrain or English mustard
  • Optional glaze
  • 2 heaped tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 dessertspoon mustard
  • 1 pinch ground ginger

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:8hr marinating  ›  Ready in:9hr45min 

  1. Combine the ham with the onions, apples, ginger beer, garlic, Worcester sauce and 1 dessertspoon mustard. Marinate overnight. (You might have to weigh it down with a plate with a tin on top to keep the joint immersed!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Place the ham joint in a roasting tin along all marinade ingredients. Cover with foil.
  3. Cook the ham around 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is cooked through and the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted. If you like you can combine the optional glaze ingredients and spread on the ham and roast in a high oven for about 10-15 minutes at the end.


Better to get a joint without bone, and note that smoked gives a different flavour! The gravy can be reduced and used alongside the ham if desired. Hope you enjoy!

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