For National Sandwich Day: Isaly’s Chipped Ham Barbecue

Yesterday was National Sandwich Day, which, should be celebrated nationally. It would have absolutely thrilled me to observe the day with a McRib, but, alas, the damn things never made it anywhere near BaltimoreWanted: McRib

So, I made a barbecue sandwich of a different sort, Pittsburgh’s second-most favorite sandwich (after Primanti’s), the chipped ham barbecue.

I featured this sandwich once before, and it was excellent. So I decided to do it again. But this time I made a much smaller amount, enough for two sandwiches. One that I had for dinner last night. And one that I will have for dinner tonight while I finally put all of my clothing in drawers

Let me note that this whole moving-into-a-new-house thing is quite the undertaking. But it will be worth it.

Look, Ma! A real stove!

my stove

Can you believe it? It’s not fancy or anything. But it works. And it’s big enough to fit a cookie sheet. isaly ham bbqAnd I did indeed use a cookie sheet to bake the little curly fries that I made to go with my sandwich, but first, let’s get to the sandwich.

No, I did not use the recipe on the right. I did my own little version (which is based on the recipe that I used the last time I made these). But I think I am going to have to try the little recipe above because it says that they are WONDERFUL. And, there’s only only 6 ingredients.

Here’s my version:

Chipped Ham BBQ Sammiches

1/4 pound chipped chopped ham (Isaly’s, if available, or any shaved deli ham)
1/4 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup HEINZ ketchup
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon  yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 hamburger buns
Melt butter in large saucepan and sauté onions for 1-2 minute until translucent.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the ham and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve hot on hamburger buns.

Chipped Ham Barbecue SandwichIsn’t that little tray cool? I have a ton of Heinz-themed kitchen stuff. My grandpa, who was a doctor, did something for H.J. Heinz company, so he got gifts from them every Christmas. Now that I have the bigger kitchen (huzzah!) I should dig it all out and start using it more.

But anyhoo!

chipped ham barbecue sandwichThese sandwiches never disappoint. I am already looking forward to dinner so I can have my second sammy.

Oh, I also want to show you that before my move I tried the “Cat Circle.” Basically, the theory is that if you make a circle, cats just inexplicably want to sit in it.

So, since I have a cat, I had to try it with Brian.

This is how it went:

I made a nice circle (or hexagon. Whatever).


Brian ignored it completely.


Brian and Tom Selleck are all “fuck you, circle.”


You cat circle people are liars. LIARS!

But, since I mentioned Tom Selleck in the same post as sandwiches, click HERE and enjoy the majesty that is SelleckWaterfallSandwich.

Here is Mr. Selleck with a McRib.


It’s my favorite.


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0 Responses to For National Sandwich Day: Isaly’s Chipped Ham Barbecue

  1. hemcfeely says:

    I have a slightly unorthodox suggestion for your McRib sandwich problem:

    I swear, they taste very similar. So they’re meatless. How rib-y is a McRib anyway?

    • Yinzerella says:

      Excellent suggestion. All I have to do is get the right buns, add pickles and onions.

      I am going to keep my eyes peeled the next time I’m at my grocer’s freezer.

      Once I get a meat grinder I am going to make my homemade McRibs again.

  2. Heh. Congrats on the new house! I traveled to my local McDonald’s (mere feet from Ferguson, MO Central/crazy coverage central!!!!) and bought one. After a surprisingly long wait (I didn’t have anywhere to go, so it didn’t matter), I got my piping hot McRib.

    Was it worth it? OF COURSE IT WAS! I knew from experience that they tend to run small, so I got 2 and chomped them down in short order. Since I’m never ever going to barbecue ribs, this is (sadly) the next best thing. I have only one complaint–the sauce needs to either be way hotter, or McDonald’s should offer hot sauce.

  3. That McRib Selleck is from “Runaway”! I’m going to frame that son of a bitch and put it on my wall.

  4. Rusty Cunningham says:

    Yuengling Lager…Yaaaayyyyyy!

  5. Betsy says:

    I LOVE your new stove! Wish I had a gas stove. That sandwich looks pretty damn tasty. I see cooking a ham in my future.

  6. Kari says:

    Yay for a real stove! And those floors are great, too!

  7. Eat The Blog says:

    Fancy new stove!
    I’ll second the Morningstar riblets-they’re really popular at my house, and you can microwave them.

    I wasn’t aware of the cat-circle thing. My sister has a bunch of cats-I keep picturing her trying to lure them into circles drawn on the floor. We don’t talk. Mercifully.

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