Slow Cooker BBQ Ham Sandwiches Recipe
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Slow Cooker BBQ Ham Sandwiches Recipe

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Friends love these barbecue sandwiches and often ask me to make them. Since they're always a hit, we double the recipe and serve them at potlucks. —Dana Knox, Butler, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 3 pounds thinly sliced deli ham
  • 16 kaiser or ciabatta rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 348 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 1744mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; if desired, stir in liquid smoke. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place ham in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Add sauce; stir gently to combine. Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until heated through. Serve on rolls. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker BBQ Ham Sandwiches in Taste of Home February/March 2015, p46

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 263662
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

"I would rate this 3 stars at best, but I 'm giving it 4 since my husband liked it more than I did. I was looking for a recipe for Sloppy Joes, and this caught my eye because it was a little different from the usual. I didn't need 16 servings so I cut the recipe down to 1/3 and that was enough for 6 sandwiches. I didn't like the lemon flavor in the sauce and will omit the lemon juice if I make this again. Also, we both thought this would be better with some chopped-up leftover ham instead of the deli ham slices. But I like the idea of this; it's worth trying again with some tweaks."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 228676
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"I made this for lunch today for the guys (my husband and dad) while they worked on the pickup truck. It was very easy recipe. I like that the sauce is semi-homemade, my dad was not sure if he had ever had anything like it before and my mom wasn't sure he would like it but I think he ate two or three sandwiches. So we have a winner. It has a good kick to it. We live in Western PA as well and are used to Isaly's but this recipe is nice for a change (more flavorful than Isaly's."

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 221601
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"I wish I had seen the review from SWillard before making this. I did not really pay attention to the instructions on making the sliced ham very thin. I love chipped ham sandwiches, and I am looking forward to trying Pittsburgh's famous chipped ham sandwiches at home. The sauce is on the sweet side, but when you realize what the sandwich is modeled after, then it makes more sense. Either way, I really enjoyed this dinner. My kitchen smelled amazing all day, and my husband loved them. I topped my sandwich with coleslaw. Delicious."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 220549
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I love how this recipe was made in the slow cooker but I did not like the flavors of the seasonings together. Next time I think it would be easier to add a bottle of barbecue sauce and mix it all together."

SWillard User ID: 5742051 217999
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"I do not even have to try this recipe to give it a high rating!! Anyone who grew up or lives in Western PA probably has made some version of this. The gold standard for ham was always Isaly's chipped ham. Through many years of trial and error, I have found that Hormel low sodium chopped ham is a very good substitute. Get it sliced very thin, but not shaved. Our family recipe now resides with me in VT and 2 of my cousins - one in PA and the other in Seattle WA!!

Go Steelers!"

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