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.
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.
- 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.