Grammy’s Ham Barbecue Sandwiches

My husband and I, along with a group of friends, recently spent a long weekend at a cabin in West Virginia.  We had such a good time that we’re already talking about staying there again next year.  Our time was spent catching up with one another, walking around in the woods, feeding some nearly-tame deer, and doing a lot of eating and drinking (of course).  I made these sandwiches for the group for lunch one day.  I just wanted to share a few pictures from the trip with you, too.  It was really beautiful there.

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They came right up to our cabin!  We even had the doe eating out of our hands a few times.

So, this may not be news to some of you, and I didn’t initially realize this but apparently ham barbecue sandwiches are a regional thing!  It first occurred to me when a friend from South Carolina had no idea what I was talking about when I offered her one.  If you aren’t from the Western PA/Ohio/etc. area, and have never heard of them, please give ham barbecues a try!  They’re great at a picnic.

I got this recipe from my Grammy, who will often make these for family gatherings, especially in the summertime.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 bottle ketchup
  • 1 bottle’s worth of water*
  • Chipped ham**, as much as desired
  • Sandwich buns

Sautee the onion in the butter until the onions are translucent.  Add the brown sugar and vinegar and saute for 3 more minutes.

Add the ketchup and water.  Stir to combine.  Heat through, 5-10 minutes.  Add the chipped ham.

I typically put the ham and sauce into a slow cooker and keep it warm that way.   It’s particularly convenient if you’re feeding a crowd, or if you’re serving them at a cookout/picnic.

To serve, add as much ham and sauce to a sandwich bun as you’d like.  Enjoy!

*You can always stretch the sauce by thinning it with more water

**For those of you outside of Western PA, just ask for ham that is sliced or shaved very thinly.

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3 thoughts on “Grammy’s Ham Barbecue Sandwiches

  1. Didn’t realize you were from my neck of the woods! Chipped ham really gives you away 😀 I pretty much do it your way, cook off some of the grease, saute the onions and then throw it in the slow cooker with a mixture of BBQ sauce and ketchup. The best solution when you don’t know when travelers will arrive. It’s good on baked taters too.

    • Hahah yeah you’re right, chipped ham really does blow your cover ;). I’ve never thought about putting this on baked potatoes but now that you mention it… it sounds like it could be delicious! Thank you so much for stopping by =)

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