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Pittsburgh Ham Barbecue Recipe

orion | Jan 31, 200611:15 AM

Inspired by a thread on the PA board that was started about suggestions for Pittsburgh specialties for a Super Bowl party, here are a couple recipes for ham barbecues, a sandwich popularized there by a deli called Isaly's. They're sort of sloppy joes using shaved ham instead of ground beef.

Here is the recipe given to me by my mother which she claims tastes like what she used to get from Isaly's:

1.5 cups ginger ale
12 oz heinz chili sauce
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp brown sugar
1 lb chipped ham (or shaved ham perhaps outside of Pittsburgh)

combine the first four ingredients in a saute pan and heat through for 5 or 10 minutes over medium heat. Add the chipped ham and cook another five minutes, separating the slices of ham into the sauce. Serve on hamburger buns.

This recipe from the PG is a bit different but probably pretty good as well:

Ham Barbecues
Thursday, July 08, 2004

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1 pound chipped ham
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar (light)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 onion, finely chopped
Dash of Tabasco sauce

Add all ingredients, except chipped ham, to saucepan and cook 5 to 10 minutes, until onion is soft. Add meat and heat through. Serve on warmed sandwich buns.

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