This easy ham barbecue recipe is a classic Pittsburgh dish made by home cooks for picnics, everyday dinners, and group functions. A tangy delicious treat that can be kept warm in a slow cooker for hours making this an easy option for parties or busy moms.
Growing up in Pittsburgh I've had my share of ham barbecue sandwiches. These were a staple for picnics and birthday parties. Maybe you've had ham barbecue sandwiches too. However, I doubt they were exactly the same.
The Key to Ham Barbecue Sandwiches
The key ingredient, and I've never seen this anywhere else, is the chipped chopped ham. Pittsburgh is famous for its "Chipped Chopped Ham."
What is Chipped Chopped Ham?
It's a type of luncheon meat made up of parts, somewhat like a hotdog, chunks of ham, and seasonings that are ground up and then pressed into a loaf. This chopped ham is then chipped or shaved into thin slices. I remember my mother liked to eat it with yellow mustard on white bread. However, most of the time I think of it as part of ham bbq sandwiches.
I made my own barbecue sauce for this recipe but back in the day, you could buy it bottled from Islays a local dairy chain famous for chipped chopped ham and barbecue sauce. The stores no longer exist but you can buy the ham and sauce in the grocery stores and online.
It couldn't be easier. Just mix up the barbecue sauce with the ham and heat it.
Many people like to cook it and keep it warm in a slow cooker. This is especially great for parties and watching football games. This way people can go serve themselves as they like.
If you can't find chopped ham in your grocery store just order any ham at the deli counter and ask them to chip or shave it thin. Not quite the same but still pretty good.
I confess that I haven't had one of these sandwiches for a while. However, it all came back rushing back with warm and fuzzy feelings when I made some for dinner recently. Tangy, juicy comfort food, oh so good!
- 1 pound of Chipped Chopped Ham
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1.5 cup Ketchup (Heinz is best)
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- Make a barbecue sauce by combining the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper, mustard, and onion powder together in a large bowl.
- Mix the chipped chopped ham in with the sauce.
- Heat the ham and barbecue sauce on the stove until warmed through about 15-20 minutes.
- Keep warm in a slow cooker until ready to serve.
- Serve on Kaiser rolls.
You could skip heating the ham barbecue on the stove and go right to the slow cooker. It only needs to warm through and kept on warm after.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 2252mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 20g
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