Woo Pig Sooie! Hot Ham Dip | Arkansas Tailgate

Call the hogs, people! Football time in Arkansas is here, and so is this awesome recipe for Hot Ham Dip. Or as we like to call it “Woo Pig Sooie!” Dip. Perfect for your next Arkansas Tailgate Party. Full of browned ham, caramelized onions, and cheese, this appetizer recipe is like crack in a skillet. No joke, you won’t be able to stop eating it.

Hot Ham Dip - Arkansas Tailgate

SEC Tailgate Special : The University of Arkansas

Football season is our FAVORITE time of year. We love the weather, the crowds, the crazy football action, and of course, the food!  This year, we created a tailgate recipe for every team in the South Eastern Conference.

Our goal: to capture the spirit of each school’s team and make a fun and delicious recipe using local flavor and flair. So we put our football differences aside, and researched every school.

If you have ever been to an SEC Tailgate, you know that food is the only thing that brings opposing fans together. (Besides the fact that we all want to beat Florida.)

If you don’t follow college football or aren’t a fan of the SEC…that’s totally ok. The SEC Tailgate recipes are still awesome for your next party. Or a Tuesday. (We won’t judge.)

Wooo Pig Sooie! Hot Ham Dip - Arkansas Tailgate

Woo Pig Sooie! Hot Ham Dip | Arkansas Tailgate

Today I am starting a new category of tailgate food: Mascots I’d Like to Eat (M.I.L.E.). There are a few, and this is one of them. Arkansas Razorbacks. For me, it is all about the ham!

A city ham cut into small cubes

You can use whatever you want in this recipe: honey ham, ham shoulder, sandwich ham, whatever you’ve got will work. The only ham I can think of that I would not use for this Hot Ham Dip recipe would be country ham. Way too salty. Our ham of choice? A city ham. (That’s what we call it around here…what??) We diced it into party-sized pieces and browned them up in our trusty skillet, Lucille.

This is totally looking like Arkansas Tailgate material already.

a shallow bowl of browned ham

To add more flavor, caramelized some sweet vidalia onions until they were soft and golden. (Drooling…) Just brown them up in the same skillet you cooked the ham in. No need to mess up a bunch of dishes for a football party.

a cast iron skillet with caramelized onions

Cream cheese, please.  Add some spices and a little hot sauce. Now add a little more. No wimps allowed at the Razorback tailgate!! Then, add 38 pounds of cheese. This recipe is not for the light of heart or the light of butt. But seriously, pile it on. Football Saturdays in the South are a pigskin pig-out tradition. (We used Jack and White Cheddar and Sharp Cheddar, our faves.)

two types of shredded cheese and green onions being stirred into hot ham dip

Cook and stir in the skillet until the cream cheese has melted and the Hot Ham Dip is combined, then bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. You want the Woo Pig Sooie! to be hot and bubbly and brown on top.

warm hot ham dip

Here’s what the rest of the SEC is eating:

Gosh Almighty Pimento Cheese BLT’s

Skillet Chili Cheese Dip

Death Valley Cajun Jambalaya (COMING SOON)

BBQ Pork Sliders with Tiger Sauce

Arkansas Tailgate Recipe - Wooo Pig Sooie Hot Ham Dip

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Serve with your favorite bread, crackers, fritos, corn chips, or pita chips! Once you start, it will be hard to stop. If you are making this for a crowd, you might wanna double the recipe. Enjoy!!

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Wooo Pig Sooie! Hot Ham Dip - Arkansas Tailgate
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Woo Pig Sooie! Hot Ham Dip | Arkansas Tailgate

A rich + savory hot ham dip with caramelized onions, hot sauce, cream cheese and loads of cheese and onions. Serve with your favorite bread, chips or pita on gameday for the ultimate snack.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword ham dip
Author Buy This Cook That


  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups sharp white cheddar shredded
  • 1 1/3 cups cheddar shredded
  • 1 1/3 cups Monterrey Jack shredded
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced and chopped
  • 3 TB butter
  • 3 green onions finely chopped
  • 4 TB milk
  • 2 TB Frank's hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large cast iron skillet, cook the diced ham in 1 tablespoon of butter until browned. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, slowly cook the onions in the remaining butter until soft and caramelized.
  • Over low heat, stir in the cream cheese until melted. Add the remaining ingredients, including the browned ham and green onions, and stir well to combine.
  • Place skillet into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until heated and bubbly. Call the hogs, and serve warm with your favorite crackers or bread.


If you are not using a cast iron skillet, use an oven safe skillet. Or, transfer the dip to an 8x8 baking dish before baking.

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