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.