Mom's Veggie Ham BBQ

My mom used to make this amazing shredded Ham BBQ when I was a kid. It would simmer all morning, filling the kitchen with this mouth-watering, tangy/sweet aroma. At lunch, she’d serve it on a warm crusty roll with yellow mustard and a dill pickle. (My favorite way to eat it is with sauerkraut, but not everyone likes that…) When I became a vegetarian, there were very few meat dishes I missed, but this was one of them. After years, I have finally perfected the vegetarian version!

Mom’s Veggie Ham BBQ

  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup diced onion (Spanish or yellow onions work best)
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil (preferably a light canola)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds veggie hot dogs
  1. Mix together the sugar, pepper, ketchup, vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, saute the onion in a tsp of oil on medium heat. Once the onions become translucent, stir in the ketchup mixture and remove from heat.
  3. Place all the veggie dogs on a cookie sheet. Using a large fork, mash up each dog into dice-sized pieces. (You can do this in a bowl or on a plate as well, but I’ve found a cookie sheet works best.)
  4. Combine mashed dogs with onion/ketchup mixture.
  5. Cook at medium high on the stove top for 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and simmer until lunchtime.

*WINSTON KITCHEN TIP: If you like a sloppier sandwich, double the amount of the ketchup mixture. If you like it a bit drier, add more veggie dog crumbles. For the non-veggie version, substitute Worcestershire sauce for the soy sauce and shredded ham lunch meat for the veggie dogs.


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    Molly's Mom 02/04/2009 at 3:08 pm #

    Remember to use a good ham lunchmeat, lean and sliced thin. Molly, next time I come to visit you have to make me the veggie version of this!! mom

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    Lily 02/04/2009 at 3:21 pm #

    funny i just made bbq tofu

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    Lyndi Lou 02/04/2009 at 4:02 pm #

    It’s great that you’re posting recipes (especially vegan ones)!!!!!!! If anyone’s looking for a really good vegan ham, I’d suggest checking out the Vietnamese and Thai markets in their town. Several of them here in Louisville have freezers full of delicious vegan “meats” that are inexpensive! Whoo!!!

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    Maggie 02/04/2009 at 4:19 pm #

    This looks awesome!

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    Molly 02/04/2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tips, Lyndi & Mom!!

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    Sari 02/05/2009 at 11:00 am #

    sounds awesome.. this is a comfort food i miss from the meat eating world too! i must try soon!

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