Ham Barbecue Sandwiches Pittsburgh Style

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a recipe originally published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for a regional favorite using local products, Heinz ketchup and Isaly's chipped ham, although shaved deli ham is a good substitute. This is a quick and easy crowd pleaser that can be doubled or tripled. This is a favorite on football Sundays watching our favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are great fresh or reheated.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb isaly's chipped ham (or deli ham shaved very thin)
  • 1 cup Heinz ketchup
  • 8 ounces classic Coke
  • 4 -6 sandwich buns


  1. Combine ham, ketchup, and coke and heat over low heat until heated through.
  2. Slow cooker: combine ham, ketchup and Coke and heat for two to three hours on low, one hour on high.
  3. Serve on buns.
Most Helpful

This is the one I make! ..but I insist that relish is added!! I add about 1/4 c per 1c of ketschup to give it that 'tang'!

Nikki S October 17, 2010

I was so surprised to find out that my Aunt Phyllis' Ham BBQ recipe is actually a Pittsburgh recipe. (Since she is from Pittsburgh. I used to visit there as a child and loved these. ) But her recipe was a little different and totally yummy. She couldn't believe I asked for it years later. She used chipped ham, 1 bottle ketchup and 1 bottle Heinz chili sauce. Just simmered it all together and served on hamburger buns. My mouth is watering now!

s f. May 25, 2015

This is a really good recipe for Pittsburghers who now live out of town and don't have access to Isaly's chipped ham and sauce. Luckily, where I am now there is a Giant Eagle that carries Isaly's! I was able to introduce my Jersey Boy husband to these...he has been to culinary school and kind of turned his nose up while I was making them but he ate more than one sandwich! A definite taste from childhood and home.

Martha Stupid May 04, 2014

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