10-Minute BBQ Ham Sandwiches + VIDEO

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches

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Sweet, smoky ham in an easy homemade barbecue sauce that you can whip up in 10 minutes! Beat the dinner time rush with this quick, flavorful meal! Includes step by step recipe video. 

ham in barbecue sauce in large skillet with metal tongs ready to serve

We love, love, love this recipe.

I wish I could remember where I found this recipe…. possibly in a Taste of Home magazine that I stole from my mom. We have been enjoying this recipe for years, whenever we have some ham kicking around and need a super kick and flavorful meal! (Which is often when you have a 2 and a 4 year old in the house, tugging at your leg and not so patiently awaiting their lunch.) Just don’t forget the napkins — you’ll need them!

It is such an easy recipe! And the sauce is perfectly sweet and sour and would be great on just about anything. You can make it on the stovetop just like this, or you can throw everything in the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 3-4 hours until hot and thickened.

I know that our minds are onto summer and way past Easter, but this would also be a great recipe for using up leftover Easter or Christmas ham. Throw in some veggies and serve over rice or mashed potatoes for a full meal deal!

ham in barbecue sauce on white bun on blue plate with pickles on the side

Feel free to smother these with any toppings you prefer on a barbecue ham sandwich: cole slaw, pickles, cheese, lettuce, etc. Me? I’m a meat-on-a-bun kind of girl. No interference (although I’m slowly coming around 😉 )

And might I recommend you slap your leftover barbecue ham between two slices of bread with a nice thick layer of cheese for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich? I promise you won’t regret it.

Recipe and photos updated from June 30, 2014

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10-Minute BBQ Ham Sandwiches

5 from 9 votes
Perfectly sweet and sour ham sandwiches, ready in 10 minutes! How can you go wrong?
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 370cal


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1-2 tablespoons corn starch prepared with equal parts water as needed
  • 1 1/2 lbs shaved deli ham


  • Combine water through mustard in a large pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 3-4 minutes to bring flavours together.
  • Stir in corn starch and water mixture until you reach desired thickness.
  • Add ham and heat through, 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve on your favourite bun or roll.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 370cal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1834mg | Potassium: 554mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Maybe? It’s not something I’ve tried so can’t say for sure. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

  1. Kathy says

    This is an eastern recipe. Specifically the Pittsburgh PA area. The ham is called chipped ham, which is chopped ham that is sliced razor thin. Always got the ham at a store called Isleys. My grandfather had a restaurant and was known for this sandwich. Many memories attached to this. And I still make it for my family.

  2. Jeannine says

    It’s a Pittsburgh staple and so versatile. I use pickle juice in lieu of vinegar, for a different flavor, pop instead of sugar. It’s fun to just go a little creative to see what works. I’ve also heard of folks asking grape jelly instead of sugar.

  3. marcie says

    Oh this sauce sounds so good! My boys would especially be all over these sandwiches. I think they look delicious and I’d love a side of slaw to go alongside!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Mmm I can see why you love this recipe, it looks delicious! I’m always down for 10 minute meals, especially when it involves barbecue. Sounds like the ham is flavored perfectly and I can only imagine how good this must taste as leftovers, or as you suggested, a grilled cheese!

  5. Michelle says

    So are all the ingredients combined in step one other than the corn starch and ham? I seem to be missing something

  6. Dorinda says

    You just hit a memory nerve with me. Mom used to make something similar to this when I was young (back in the dark ages). Thanks, I’ll give it a whirl.

  7. Toni says

    This was very good, but it seems a little spicy. You think if I just add half the Worcestershire sauce (which is 2 TBS.) or maybe even just 1 TBS. it would be milder? It has a great flavor, but a little too tangy so I’m thinking it was the Worcestershire sauce. Once I put everything in except the vinegar, I tasted it then opted not to put the vinegar in because I think sometimes with mustard it is enough.
    All and all it has a great combination and flavor!

    • Ashley says

      It definitely depends on your tastes. We honestly don’t find it spicy at all. I’d say Worcestershire has more of a savory flavour than spicy. It might just depend on which brand of ketchup, Worcestershire, etc you’re using — there might be a little spice in the ones you used.

  8. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas says

    Oh boy, this sounds so fantastic. I have deli ham in the refrigerator right now. I’m making this for dinner this week for sure! YUM. This will be the featured link up on Tips and Tricks for Fearlessly Creative Mammas this week. We hope you will link up again this week.

  9. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says

    Oh man, I just found a recipe for lunch later this week! I’m all about the bbq-flavors in the summer and this looks perfect! 😀

  10. Karen @ The Food Charlatan says

    okay this looks like something that I’m going to make, stat. Not like, oh, I’m leaving a fluffy comment full of this looks amazing and all that crap. This is happening and I will report back soon. EXCITED. way to rock dinnertime Ashley! 🙂

    • Ashley says

      Haha, do let me know how you like it! We’ve been making this for quite some time and it’s always a favorite!

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