August 13, 2013

Barbequed Ham Sandwiches {Crock Pot}

Years and years ago I dated a guy whose family had a place on Lake Cayuga in upstate New York and would get together every 4th of July to have a week-long bash for the extended family. His mom, Patty, was tasked with feeding the masses all week and one of the things she always made was this barbequed ham (or something very similar too it – I've tweaked the recipe a bit over the years). It’s awesome because you can just throw it in the crock pot and everyone can make their own sandwiches whenever they get hungry.

Side story about these guys… my boyfriend always just referred to his family’s place at the lake as “the cottage” so when we made our first trip up there together, that’s what I was expecting – a cottage. I imagined a quaint little cedar-planked place with a few rooms, second generation furniture and prolly a whiff of mildew in the air. What I found upon our arrival instead was a frickin compound. There was the main house, the guest house and a bunk house down at the beach. That you took an elevator to get to. I've always felt very grateful to have gotten to spend a few vacations up there. Cottage or compound – these were good people who I enjoyed spending time with.

OK, back to the sammiches! You just throw all the ingredients in the crock pot, stir up and go! This is perfect for vacations or family functions when you need something cheap and easy to feed a crowd!

Barbequed Ham Sandwiches
2 1/2 pounds shaved ham*
1 12-oz. bottle chili sauce
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
16 hamburger buns

Combine chili sauce, barbeque sauce, brown sugar and dry mustard in a medium-sized crock pot and mix well. Add ham and stir gently until combined. Heat until bubbly then reduce the crock pot setting to “warm” until ready to serve. Serve on hamburger buns.

*I usually buy a small whole ham and ask them to shave it for me in the deli – it’s always cheaper that way.


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  1. That looks amazing! I'm from western PA and bbq chip chop ham sandwiches are big there. Growing up, my mom only put the chili sauce in it but combining with the bbq sauce sounds delish. Dinner one night this week!!

  2. I also am from Western Pennsylvania and my Grandma made these sandwiches all the time when I was growing up. I loved them and now I make them when I need a quick supper. She made them with chipped (you guys call it shaved in the south) chopped ham in the deli and exactly like your only without the chili sauce. And I just read the comment above and see I am not the only PA person who has had these, lol :) Now that I live in SC when I make these "BBQ Sandwiches" native southerners look at me like I lost my mind. I like them though :)

  3. When we say "small whole ham" ... do you mean like a ham you'd serve for Easter? Because this looks really good, and I don't imagine shaving a spiral sliced ham looking like the picture. Help! :)

    1. I probably shouldn't say "whole ham" (might have to change that). What I mean is the little 2-3 pound boneless hams in the meat department that are really just deli hams that haven't been sliced yet.

    2. Good deal! Thanks for the clarification, because I was totally drooling over this picture. It looks like Arby's but, you know, not roast beef. ;)

  4. I just found your website and I love it. I especially love the floral background. It makes me happy. I made your "Mama's Chocolate Pie" last weekend and it was fabulous. If that mean, old Hilly had been around she would have surely had 2 slices!

  5. Hello Mandy! Just wanted to pop in and let you know I chose these yummy looking sandwiches for my personal favorite from last week's Weekend Potluck. I can't wait to try them at a football tailgate. I'm always on the lookout for easy and yummy and these look perfect. Thanks so much for sharing and have a terrific weekend!

    1. Awesome! Thank you, Kim! I hope y'all like them!

  6. How many does this typically feed?

  7. I'd say we got about 20 sandwiches out of this.

  8. How long does this stay in crock pot and is that on high or low before 'warm' setting?

  9. I almost purchased asian chili sauce
    Until i saw the heinz chili sauce near the bbq and figured that was it. I bought the while boneless ham and the shaved it with no problem at the deli.i had never asked for that before so i didnt know how it would go down. I am also from western pa.pittsburgh. pittsburghers do isalys chipped chopped ham. But i think this recipe is a updgrade.


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