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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 sandwiches
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • While the ham simmers, heat the kaiser rolls in the preheated oven until toasted, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Assemble the sandwiches by dividing the ham mixture among the toasted kaiser rolls, topping the ham with pickle relish. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

526 calories; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 56.6g; fat 27.2g; cholesterol 68.5mg; sodium 2277.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/02/2010
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 Read More
(7)
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2009
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. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2012
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. Read More
(30)
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2011
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 Steeler Super Bowl without them! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
Just what I was looking for didn't add the optional relish but followed the recipe exactly otherwise and these were great! Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2011
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 to use Isleys chopped or "chipped" ham if your region sells it. The ham makes this sandwich! My mothers recipe is quite different though she uses the onion and butter 1 bottle of Heinz chili sauce fill the chili bottle with water 1 tablespoon of vinegar and a 1 tablespoon of sugar. So the only reason I gave it this rating was because of the thickness was hoping for a thinner sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2010
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 together and I actually had everything on hand which made it extra awesome. My family really enjoyed this and I will definately be using this recipe again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/02/2010
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 Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2010
Very yummy I did not add all that butter and i thought it was great i am from Pa and have never had this but yummy Read More
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