Difference between: ham and gammon (and bacon joint)

Ham, gammon, bacon joint. Let’s take a look at what they are and what the differences are between them.

This should be a fairly quick and easy one, folks.

sliced ham on a platter

All three:

  • Are meats.
  • Usually come from pigs.
  • Are cured.
  • Can be smoked.


  • Is taken from the hind leg or rump.
  • Can be wet cured or dry cured.
  • Is sold cooked.


  • Only comes from the hind leg.
  • Is usually wet cured.
  • Is sold raw.

Although gammon comes from the hind leg specifically, it can vary in where on the leg, as seen in the below picture:

Bacon joint:

  • Can include collar from the shoulder, hock from the front leg, and/or gammon from the hind leg.
  • Can be wet or dry cured.
  • Is sold raw or cooked.

So then: a gammon is basically uncooked ham, except that gammon must come from the hind leg whereas ham can also come from the rump.

A bacon joint can include the gammon itself. Gammon can be known as “the lower end of bacon.”