Ham Barbecue Sandwiches Pittsburgh Style

Total Time
5 mins
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.

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  • 453.59 g isaly's chipped ham (or deli ham shaved very thin)
  • 236.59 ml Heinz ketchup
  • 226.79 g 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.
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5 5

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'!

4 5

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.

5 5

What a great and easy ham bbq! I'm originally from PA and this is nothing like my mom's ham bbq recipe but I was looking forward to trying it and I'm glad I did - it's terrific! I did use my mom's method of stirring the ham into the sauce one slice at a time - it really helps to make sure each piece is well coated and all that salty goodness cooks into the sauce. Served this on homemade bread and really enjoyed - thanks for sharing your recipe! Made for Spring Pick-A-Chef 2013