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Ham Barbecue

I’ve turned to this recipe countless times. The sandwiches are tasty and so easy to make, and leftovers are perfect for lunches later in the week. —Jennifer Middlekauff, New Holland, PA
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 pounds thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 12 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  • Place the ham in a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the water, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and mustard; pour over ham and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 241 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 1250mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Googeegaga
    Oct 25, 2019

    Fantastic! Tastes like Arby's only better!

  • jmkasprak
    Mar 5, 2015

    I doubled the recipe for an event this weekend. It was delicious and I could have easily eaten two sandwiches. I will be sure to stir it frequently since the my newer crock pot is very hot. **Update: You can also use leftover ham from a bone-in dinner. Just place slices in the crock pot and shred it with a fork once it's hot. Yummy!** BTW, I do NOT add the water.

  • Tala9431
    Jan 25, 2015

    My Grandma used to make this but used what was called chipped ham. I don't know if they slice it that thin anymore Yes, she was from Pittsburgh!

  • cath49
    Jan 11, 2015

    Very good! Quick and easy. I topped the sandwiches with provolone cheese and served on club rolls. Will definitely make again!

  • SWillard
    Aug 31, 2013

    I grew up in western PA, so this recipe is very close to the one my mother and aunts used. We bought the "chipped ham"from Isaly's and then did the sauce at home. It is a famous prep in the Pittsburgh area, still available in local diners especially around the stadium areas.I now live in northern New England, and have found the Hormel low sodium deli ham to be the closest to what I remember.Also, when I use my small crockpot to make this yummy treat, I do not add any water, since the ham will release liquid as it cooks.Go Steelers and Pirates!!!!

  • dedradiane
    Dec 22, 2011

    Quick to put together and has a sweet but tangy taste. I did add some Head Country season salt and decreased the water by half. The ham will release some water as it cooks. It is good, but what I love the best is being able to put in the the crock while I am running errands, then it is ready when we get in.

  • Summy
    Oct 17, 2011

    I used leftover spiral ham, and thought this recipe was addicting. Sweet and tangy!

  • ksandjs1
    Oct 11, 2011

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  • justmbeth
    May 30, 2010

    I too grew up in the region where these sandwiches were popular. This recipe was ok, but I have had better. I'll be looking for other recipes to try to duplicate the taste from my childhood.

  • suriel
    Jan 2, 2010

    Unfortunately, this really was not great at all.