This easy chipped 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. They were also popular lunches and could be found frequently in Pittsburgh's school cafeterias.
Maybe you've had ham barbecue sandwiches too. However, I doubt they were exactly the same. After all, you can find these yummy ham sandwiches throughout Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of Ohio.
The Key to Chipped 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." The key ingredient and I've never seen this anywhere else, is the chipped chopped ham. Pittsburgh is famous for its "Chipped Chopped Ham." Typically found in the deli as Isaly's chipped ham. Isaly's was a PA 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.
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 and can sometimes still find it near local grocery store's cold-cuts.
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 Virginia ham and ask the deli person to chip or shave the ham razor thin. Not quite the same but still pretty good.
I confess that I haven't had a bbq chipped ham sandwich 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!
Chipped Ham Barbecue Recipe
- 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 bbq sauce by combining the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper, mustard, and onion powder together in a large bowl.
- Stir the chipped chopped ham in with the sauce.
- Heat the ham and barbecue sauce on the stove in a large skillet or pan at medium heat until warmed through about 15-20 minutes.
- Keep warm in a slow cooker until ready to serve.
- Serve on Kaiser rolls.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.