Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

More Ham Barbecue Tales

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

More Ham Barbecue Tales

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Re: "Chipped ham BBQ evokes memories, more recipes" in FoodFeedback, Food & Flavor, Nov.29 :

My barbecue recipe was passed on to me in 1947 by a girl (Adamae) with whom I worked at the Farmers Deposit National Bank at Fifth and Wood streets in Pittsburgh, and we have been enjoying those barbecues ever since.

Our Isaly's was in the Northway Mall from the 1950s on, and their chipped ham became a barbecue staple at our table. They used Sugardale pressed ham for chipping, and there was no substituting for quality and taste.

There was an element of fun in buying the ham there, as well. The deli counter was manned by two young fellows. I would approach the meat case and ask (as did others), "May I see the ham today?" Invariably, the fellow would turn to the other and politely say, "Would you like the honor of showing the ham today?" One would then take the block of pressed ham from the meat case and hold it out for me to see. Of course, it was perfect.

We relocated from Pittsburgh to Atlanta for a few years during the 1960s and discovered that chipped ham was not local fare. My folks always brought some for us from Isaly's when they visited. (They also brought a Victory Brand braunschweiger from the North Side Packing Company.) Ahhhhh! Home sweet home!

CHIPPED HAM BBQ

1/2 bottle Heinz catsup (14-ounce glass bottle)

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon clear jelly [grape or apple]

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Dash of salt and pepper

Mix ingredients in a saucepan and heat until smooth and hot. Add 1 pound of chipped ham.

Serves 8.

How sweet it is.

BEVERLY KERR

McCandless

When we travel home to Pittsburgh during the holidays, we always bring a cooler of chipped ham home to Connecticut (they never heard of it here). I sprinkle the chipped ham with a little sugar, fry it lightly, add Heinz chili sauce and a little water and simmer a few minutes. …

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