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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ham Sandwiches

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I love these Slow Cooker Barbecue Ham Sandwiches! They require minimal prep thanks to fully cooked slices of ham from the deli. Add it to your slow cooker with a few other ingredients. Then, in about 3 hours, you have delicious barbecue-flavored meat to stack on buns and enjoy.

Barbecue ham sandwiches hold a special place in my heart, as they have been a family favorite of mine since my childhood. I fondly remember my great-aunt preparing her delicious version of these ham barbecue sandwiches for family parties.

bbq ham sandwich on a plate by a slow cooker

The combination of tender, juicy ham and tangy barbecue sauce nestled between two slices of soft, toasted bread was always a crowd-pleaser. Over the years, I have developed a deep appreciation for these sandwiches and have experimented with different recipes.

Whether hosting a casual backyard barbecue or simply craving a comforting meal, I always turn to my collection of barbecue ham sandwich recipes. Each variation brings its own unique touch to the table, satisfying my cravings and reminding me of the cherished memories I have associated with this dish.

No matter how many recipes I try, my great-aunt’s version will always hold a special place in my heart, serving as a reminder of the love and joy that food can bring to our lives.

This slow cooker version produces a tangy, thick sauce that coats the ham well. Add sliced cheese and dill pickle slices for an amazingly simple sandwich.

close up of barbecue ham sandwich with cheese

Start by evenly spreading sliced ham at the bottom of the cooker to ensure even cooking.

To make the delicious barbecue sauce for the ham, start by mixing together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar in a mixing bowl. This combination of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors will create a mouthwatering sauce for the ham.

Once you stir the sauce together, pour it evenly over the ham in the slow cooker. Make sure to coat the ham thoroughly with the sauce to ensure that every bite is packed with flavor.

Cover the slow cooker and set it on low heat, allowing the ham to cook slowly for 3 hours. This slow cooking process will help the flavors meld together, and the ham to become tender and juicy.

Once done, serve the tender, flavorful ham mixture on toasted buns, and add cheese and pickles if desired for extra zest. This simple recipe makes for a mouthwatering meal with minimal effort.

slow cooker barbecue ham sandwich on a plate with red grapes

How can I keep the ham from drying out in the slow cooker?
To keep the ham moist, cover it thoroughly with the sauce, and do not lift the crock pot lid too frequently, as this can let steam escape.

How should leftovers be stored and reheated?
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the crockpot until warmed through.

Is it necessary to toast the buns for slow cooker barbecue ham sandwiches?
Toasting the buns is not necessary, but it is highly recommended. Toasting adds a nice crunch that contrasts nicely with the soft texture of the slow-cooked ham and helps prevent the buns from becoming soggy from the barbecue sauce. Toasted buns can also enhance the overall flavor experience of your sandwiches.

bbq ham sandwich with buns in background

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ham Sandwiches

Real Mom Kitchen

This slow cooker barbecue ham sandwich recipe is a breeze to prepare It starts with ham and a flavorful barbecue sauce mixture cooked to perfection in a crockpot. Serve these saucy sandwiches with a side of coleslaw or your favorite pickles for a complete meal perfect for any casual gathering or family dinner.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine BBQ
Servings 8 servings
Calories 304 kcal


  • 2 lbs sliced deli ham slice in half
  • cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce.
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Items for serving:

  • 8 hamburger buns toasted
  • 8 slices of cheese we like American
  • sliced dill pickles


  • Evenly spread out the sliced ham into the bottom of the slow cooker andt so it’s not all piled in one area.
  • In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Pour evenly over the ham.
  • Add the lid and cook on low for 3 hours.
  • Serve on toasted buns and with cheese and pickles if desired.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1144mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword slow cooker, summer
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