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This is a continuation of my series of regional foods. Chipped Chopped Ham Barbecue originated in Pittsburgh, PA. No, it's not barbecue, so I don't know why it's called that. The authentic version uses local ingredients such as Heinz chili sauce and Isaly's chipped chopped ham. It surprised me that this was regional fare, when I asked for chipped chopped ham at the deli counter and the girl did not know what I was talking about. Chipped chopped ham is a pressed ham loaf that is shaved very thin. If you can't get chipped chopped ham, the best alternative is to have the butcher slice ham very thin, almost like shaving it. These sandwiches are yummy alternative to sloppy joes. This spicy sweet treat is a Pittsburgh favorite.
1 lb chipped ham
1/2 cup onion diced
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon sweet relish
1 (12 ounce) jar Heinz chili sauce
1/2 cup water
Run the ham under hot water in a colander for about 30 seconds to get some of the salt out of the ham. Coarsely chop the chipped ham and place in a saucepan, mix all ingredients, making sure the ham is well coated. Cook for about 20 minutes.
Serve on hamburger buns that have been buttered and toasted. Bring out plenty of napkins, roll up your sleeves and dig in.
I will often double this recipe and make it in the crock pot and serve it to a crowd at a covered dish or a Super Bowl party.
If anyone asks you "Jeet yet?", grab a sandwich and red up when you're done.