Cherry-glazed ham hock recipe

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This cherry-glazed ham hock is the perfect main course for a romantic meal for two, but is also a great choice for dinner parties with friends.

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 10 mins
Cost RangeCheap

This recipe is incredibly simple but results in very flavoursome, fall-apart ham that’s infused with sweet, yet subtle, cherry. It’s a great recipe to do in the slow cooker, if you have one, but if you don’t, cook it in a large casserole pot in a low oven for up to 3 hours. We’ve used ham hock, which is a lot cheaper than a gammon leg, but the results are just as good. One hock will easily yield enough meat for two people, but if you’d like to make this for more people, you may need another hock.

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  • 1 ham hock (or more, if you’re feeding more people)
  • 2 litre bottle cherry Coca Cola
  • 3tbsp black cherry jam




  1. Put the ham hock and Cherry Coke in a slow cooker and cook on low for up to 5 hours, until the meat is very tender.
  2. Remove the ham from the slow cooker. Either discard the Coke-stock, or reserve to reduce and use as a sauce for another recipe.
  3. With a sharp knife, remove the skin and any chunks of fat.
  4. Transfer the ham to a roasting tin. Score the flesh of the meat then spread cherry jam all over the joint.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Bake the glazed ham for 20-30 mins, until the glaze becomes even stickier and thick.
  6. Transfer the ham to a serving plate and leave to rest for a few minutes. Use a knife and fork to tear it into chunks. Reserve the bones to make a stock for pea soup.
Top Tip for making Cherry-glazed ham hock

Serve with potato salad made with parboiled new potatoes, cut into quarters, 3 spring onions, cut on the diagonal, 1tbsp mayonnaise, 1tbsp crème fraiche, 1tbsp French mustard and a twist of sea salt.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodTo and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodTo, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create how-to videos exclusively for GoodtoEat - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies