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!"


30 m servings 526 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • 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


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 delic...

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 ch...

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 ...

Just what I was looking for, didn't add the optional relish, but followed the recipe exactly otherwise, and these were great!

I am originally from Pittsburgh so when I couldn't reach my mother to get her recipe I decided to try this one. The flavors are very similar but this sauce is thicker. Also, its very important t...

I grew up on these. Can't get chipped ham here in VA so everytime we go "home", I usually bring back about 10 pounds (of Islay's) and keep it in the freezer to make my sandwiches. Can't watch a ...

This was way to sweet, I ended up tossing it in the trash because no one would eat it sorry it just was not for us

Very good! Being from Pittsburgh, I have the luxury of buying Isaly's Ham Barbecue Sauce, lol, so I've never made my own, but thought I would give it a shot today. This was super simple to throw...

Great Pittsburgh original! Very similar to the recipe I wrote in the Pittsburgh Cookbook. @ www.PittsburghCookbook.com