Pittsburgh Ham Barbecue Sandwiches

Pittsburgh Ham Barbecue Sandwiches created by Bergy

There are various versions of this recipe on zaar, but this one is my favorite. The key ingredient is the chili sauce, preferably Heinz. In Pittsburgh, Isaly's "chipped chopped" ham is the brand of choice but it is hard to find outside of western Pennsylvania. The best alternative is to have the butcher slice the ham very thin (almost like shaving it), and then chop all those slices coarsely. These sandwiches are a hot and sweet treat with a little spice and a Pittsburgh favorite. I got it from a local Pittsburgh cookbook.

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  • Run the ham under hot water in a colander for about 30 seconds to get some of the salt out of the ham, but not too long.
  • In saucepan, mix all ingredients, making sure the ham is well coated.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve on hamburger buns that have been buttered and toasted.
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"There are various versions of this recipe on zaar, but this one is my favorite. The key ingredient is the chili sauce, preferably Heinz. In Pittsburgh, Isaly's "chipped chopped" ham is the brand of choice but it is hard to find outside of western Pennsylvania. The best alternative is to have the butcher slice the ham very thin (almost like shaving it), and then chop all those slices coarsely. These sandwiches are a hot and sweet treat with a little spice and a Pittsburgh favorite. I got it from a local Pittsburgh cookbook."

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  1. irisbobbie2004
    I grew up in Pittsbugh/Aspinwall/Blawnox area. Bard's in Aspinwall and Islay's in Blawnox both made this ham barbecue sandwich. Brought back great memories. Both stores made a simplified recipe of this sandwich. <br/><br/>Shaved Chipped chopped ham (sliced VERY thin), Heinz's ketchup and Nances Chili Sauce to taste. Heat for about five minutes, place on fresh buns and you're ready to go!.
  2. LauraKay
    I grew up eating these!! This recipe is as close as I can find to these classic sandwiches my great aunt use to make me.
  3. Pittsburgh Room
    This is a great recipe! Growing up in Pittsburgh gives you a great understanding of Ham BBQ sandwiches. I have recently wrote the Pittsburgh Cookbook where you can also find another similar recipe. I don't use the chili sauce in mine, but definetely have to have the Heinz product to make it authentic, and shaved or( chipped ) ham.
  4. embutterfly75
    I grew up in Pittsburgh and I just didn't think this tasted like any Chipped Ham BQQ I've ever had. It was missing a key ingredient for me and I just can't put my finger on it.
  5. SarasotaCook
    Nice sandwich. A great change. I just asked my butcher at my local grocery store that I wanted chipped ham. He knew exactly what I was making and asked if I was from PA. He chipped it perfectly. I did use Heinz as I had some in my pantry. I love chili sauce. The only thing I changed was a quality roll vs a generic burger bun. I completely enjoyed it. Served with some chips and a pickle for lunch with co workers. Very nice. Definitely make again. Easy for dinner too with a side salad or bowl of soup would be great. Thx for a nice twist of a great BBQ sandwich Kim
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