Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues


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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 sandwiches


  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • cup distilled white vinegar

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 ½ pounds chipped chopped ham

  • 8 kaiser rolls, split

  • 1 cup pickle relish (Optional)


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

526 Calories
27g Fat
57g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 526
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 2278mg 99%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 337mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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