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Hot Ham Sandwiches

I came up with this crowd-pleasing recipe when trying to re-create a favorite sandwich from a local restaurant. Flavored with sweet relish, these ham sandwiches are oh, so easy. My family likes them with coleslaw and fries. —Susan Rehm, Grahamsville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 pounds thinly sliced deli ham (about 40 slices)
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split
  • Additional sweet pickle relish, optional


  • Separate ham slices and place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the apple juice, brown sugar, relish, mustard and paprika. Pour over ham.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Place 3-4 slices of ham on each roll. Serve with additional relish if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 432 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1974mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Paul
    Oct 21, 2020

    I have not made theses but looking at the recipe I would add chili sauce e or ketchup. In Pittsburgh these would be called Ham BBQ Sandwiches.

  • krox722
    Aug 23, 2020

    No comment left

  • Mommabearwarden
    Jan 15, 2019

    I was really disappointed in this recipe. I had been wanting to make it for quite some time, and finally had the opportunity for a Christmas family gathering. Nobody cared for them :(

  • htimm
    Jun 28, 2018

    I first made this sandwich when it was first published in 2000 did it for a bunch of people at the lake. It was a hit, so good and an easy meal to feed a lot of people. I have done it several times over the years and decided to do it again for the 4th of July this year. The only change I have ever made is to double it or triple it. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • pajamaangel
    Jun 11, 2017

    We did not enjoy these at all. The ham was dry and it just lacked flavor.

  • bicktasw
    Mar 26, 2017

    I made these sandwiches for a family get-together and everyone loved them! I bought "brown sugar ham-off-the-bone" sliced thin, used 1/2 cup brown sugar instead of 2/3 cup then followed the remaining instructions/ingredients. When serving time arrived, I gave guests the option of adding Swiss cheese to their sandwich (melted on sandwich in the microwave), then topped off with a slice of tomato, arugula and dressed with honey mustard dressing. They were a hit! I plan on making these again, especially for the upcoming summer picnics! 5 stars for sure!

  • sjmdam
    Sep 17, 2015

    Sorry but came out dry did for 4 1/2 hard to taste anything I put in there.....

  • KristineChayes
    Sep 1, 2015

    I made these sandwiches for lunch today and my husband and sons loved them! I added 2 tablespoons of minced onion. I will definitely be making these again!

  • moc2948
    Dec 16, 2014

    Fantastic. Mid-Dec. 1 day. Dr. visit, vet visit, shopping, cleaning, split shift, pool night. All in slow cooker w/rolls & veggie salad on the side. Dinner when you want it, 4 to 7 -all gone. I will use coleslaw & French fries when we all eat at once. Thank you so much.

  • rahrah46
    Nov 25, 2014

    This is a wonderful recipe! Be sure to buy good ham off the bone meat. It is so easy and great for a casual dinner party or football game. Most everybody liked mustard with the meat.