Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues

Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues

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"I grew up on these delicious, sweet, and tangy barbecue sandwiches made from chipped deli ham. This dish is a staple in Western Pennsylvania, although each family seems to have its own way of making them! It's a terrific last-minute meal. Chipped chopped ham is a pressed ham loaf sold at deli counters in the Pittsburgh area which is always chipped. If you can get Islay's Chipped Ham, that is the original and still the best for these sandwiches. Otherwise, just get any deli ham and have it chipped or shaved paper thin. Enjoy!"

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 526 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 526 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 27.2 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 56.6g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 17.5 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 2278 mg
  • 91%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir the onions in the butter until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir the ketchup, vinegar, water, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet with the onions; simmer about 10 minutes. Stir in the ham; cook until heated through and the sauce is bubbling, 5 to 7 minutes more.
  3. While the ham simmers, heat the kaiser rolls in the preheated oven until toasted, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Assemble the sandwiches by dividing the ham mixture among the toasted kaiser rolls, topping the ham with pickle relish. Serve hot.
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  1. 28 Ratings

Sarah Jo

I used half ketchup/half barbeque sauce, added in some fresh minced garlic and I spread garlic butter on the kaiser rolls THEN I toasted them. My family LOVED these sandwiches. Simple and delicious.

The Donz

This is the same as my mom's recipe except for 2 ingredients. We use Heinz (Pittsburgh) Chili Sauce and we don't use yellow mustard. The amount of vinegar is 2T and 1 to 2T of brown sugar. We like them sour. I must say that this recipe is the closest that I've seen! I grew up 30min north of the 'burgh.


As a Pittsburgh native, this is exactly the way Ham Barbecue should taste. This would be one of my favorite dishes my mom made when I was younger (paired with pierogies of course). I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe.