BBQ Ham Sandwiches: A Delicious 30-Minute Dinner

Are you looking for a quick and easy recipe that will satisfy your family’s taste buds? Look no further than these mouthwatering BBQ Ham Sandwiches. With tender slices of ham simmered in a semi-homemade BBQ sauce, these sandwiches are sure to become a family favorite. And the best part? They’re ready in just 30 minutes!

A skillet pan of sliced ham in bbq sauce

An Easy One-Pan Delight

Prepare to be impressed by the deliciousness of these BBQ Ham Sandwiches. They are truly mind-blowing and undoubtedly one of the best dishes I’ve made in a while. My family loves ham, so I knew these quick sandwiches would be a hit. The best part is that you only need one skillet pan to make this recipe.

Create a simple semi-homemade BBQ sauce and let the thinly sliced deli ham simmer in it. As the sauce thickens, the ham absorbs all the mouthwatering flavors. To serve, we love to enjoy these sandwiches “sloppy Joe style” inside hamburger buns with a slice of provolone cheese. Yummy!

A sandwich with ham, cheese, and sauce dripping down.

Ingredients Needed

To create these delectable sandwiches, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Semi-Homemade BBQ Sauce

    • Water
    • Ketchup
    • Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce (any variety/flavor)
    • Light Brown Sugar
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Worcestershire Sauce
    • Yellow Mustard (or dijon mustard for a kick)
    • Garlic Powder
    • Onion Powder
  • Ham

    • 1 1/2 pounds Thinly Sliced Honey Ham (freshly sliced at the deli counter)
    • Water + Cornstarch (to thicken the sauce before serving)
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Labeled ingredients for this recipe

How to Make Quick Ham Sandwiches with Deli Ham

Making these ham sandwiches is a breeze. Follow these easy steps to create a delicious meal:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the BBQ sauce ingredients, including water, ketchup, brown sugar BBQ sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder.

  2. Separate the ham slices and add them to a large skillet pan. Pour the BBQ sauce over the ham and cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently until it’s bubbly and slightly boiling.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low, cover the pan with a lid, and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally. The ham will become darker in color, and the BBQ sauce will caramelize and thicken.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water. Pour the mixture into the skillet pan while stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. This should only take 1-2 minutes.

  5. Serve the ham on hamburger buns topped with non-smoked provolone cheese.

How to make this recipe with step-by-step process photos
How to make this recipe with step-by-step process photos
How to make this recipe with step-by-step process photos
How to make this recipe with step-by-step process photos
How to make this recipe with step-by-step process photos

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make These Sandwiches Spicy?

Absolutely! While the original recipe leans towards smoky sweetness, you can easily add some spice. Here are a few options:

  • Add chili powder, cayenne red pepper, or red pepper chili flakes.
  • Use spicy brown mustard or dijon mustard instead of yellow mustard.
  • Experiment with spicy ketchup, jalapeño ketchup, or sriracha ketchup.
  • Incorporate hot sauce into the BBQ sauce mixture.

How to Serve BBQ Ham Sandwiches

Our family loves serving these sandwiches on toasted hamburger buns with a slice of cheese. To toast the buns, spread butter on both sides and broil for a few minutes until golden brown. Place a slice of cheese (if desired) on the bottom bun and broil for an additional minute until melted. Use tongs to add the BBQ ham onto the cheese and top it with the other bun.

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Feel free to get creative with your choice of cheese, buns, and bread. Non-smoked provolone cheese is our go-to, but mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, and cheddar are all fantastic options. Slider buns, crusty baguette rolls, or even sliced French bread can be used to create different variations of these delicious sandwiches.

A sandwich on a white plate

Recipe Tips

To ensure your BBQ Ham Sandwiches turn out perfectly, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use Fresh Sliced Deli Ham: Although it may be slightly more expensive, using freshly sliced deli ham is worth it. The fresh flavor and thinner slices allow the ham to become tender and infused with flavor as it simmers. Ask for “1 1/2 pounds of thinly sliced honey ham” at the deli counter.

  • Simmer Time: Don’t rush the simmering process. It’s crucial for the ham to become tender, flavorful, and develop a delightful “crust.” Covering the pan during simmering infuses the flavors into the ham and keeps everything hot.

  • Toasted Hamburger Buns: Toasting the buns adds an extra touch of deliciousness. Spread butter on each side and broil for a few minutes. Place a piece of cheese (if desired) on the bottom bun and broil for an additional minute until melted. Then, use tongs to serve the ham onto the cheesed bun.

A photo of this recipe on a white plate showing the sliced ham and sauce
A photo of this recipe on a white plate showing the sliced ham and sauce

More Ham Dinner Recipes to Try

If you’re a fan of ham, here are some other delicious recipes you should try:

  • Macaroni & Cheese Ham Casserole
  • Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham
  • Ham Fried Rice
  • Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
  • Sweet Pineapple Glazed Ham
  • Ham and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
  • Brown Sugar Ham
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A skillet pan of ham with sauce

So, what are you waiting for? Treat your taste buds to these incredible BBQ Ham Sandwiches today. You won’t be disappointed! For more delicious recipes and barbecue inspiration, check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.