Chipped Ham BBQ Sandwich recipe
Something big from my little city
If you go to a deli anywhere in the world and order ham cut "chipped", the butcher and everyone else standing around will look at you like you are crazy. But if you're in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you'll get exactly what you ask for and not be removed from the premises.
Chipped ham (aka "chip-chopped ham") is a Pittsburgh thing. The chipped style is cut in many small pieces, like shavings or shreds, as opposed to regular slices. It is a much loved staple in refrigerators across the city. It is SO loved here that it has its own sandwich all to itself, which I would like to share with you!
Chip Chopped Ham. Photo credit: https://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/2012/04/mysteries-of-pittsburgh-how-to-make-bbq.html
The chipped ham barbecue sandwich began some sixty plus decades ago at a local shop called Isaly's, which specialized in dairy and meat. Isaly's was only located here in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and has since closed their doors. They continue to make products that are sold in local grocery stores, such as their BBQ sauce and ham. Isaly's was, as still very much is, a vital part of the heart and soul of this city's food scene.
This is extremely simple, quick, and cheap to make. You will make your own sauce, and use whatever ham from the deli that you prefer. Ask your butcher or employee for the ham to be shaved or shredded and see what their reaction is. If that fails, just get it sliced super thin and chip-chop it yourself.
Here is the original recipe:
Throughout the years, people have made their own variations of this. Some add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, or onions. One thing I personally do is serve it on toast and stick a few jalapeno slices (from a jar) on top of the finished BBQ ham. It is a classic meal of my childhood, introduced to me from my mother who grew up in Pittsburgh.
I hope you try this and enjoy it!
Photo credit: https://missteensecooks.com/2018/11/20/chipped-ham-barbecue-sandwiches/