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All-American Barbecue Sandwiches

I came up with this delicious BBQ sandwich on my own. Out of all my barbecue recipes, this one's my husband's favorite. It's also a big hit with family and friends who enjoy it at our Fourth of July picnic.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 4-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2-1/4 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 18 hamburger buns, split


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Stir in the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Heat through. Serve on buns.

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  • kbabe819
    Sep 22, 2016

    A hit at the party. Ran out of ketchup so I used 1 c ketchup, 1 c bbq sauce and 1 can tomato sauce. Yum! I did take another reviewer's suggestion and did 3/4 tbsp pepper as well.

  • jmlammers5
    Sep 12, 2015

    Delicious!!! Best bbq's ever!

  • Mlong63
    Jan 7, 2014

    This is one of my family favorites. I have made it several different ways, but found the tastiest is with half bbq sauce in place of 1/2 of the ketchup. This is a easy and versatile recipe. Enjoy!

  • sstetzel
    Jul 15, 2012

    My kids love this! I don't need this much at one time so I freeze part of it for a meal when our lives are crazy & hectic.

  • sandiwaggoner
    Jul 15, 2012

    Ever since I saw this in one of my first Taste Of Home magazines, this is the only beef barbecue that I make. Although we love it, I do think there's too much pepper in this recipe. I suggest cutting it down to 1/2 or 1/3 TBP pepper.

  • kitchey
    May 15, 2010

    I made these when the recipe was first published..and they have been the only Sloppy Joes my people will eat. I have to scale down the recipe most of the time, but that isn't difficult. this freezes very well...for times when company shows up unexpectedly, or I'm too tired to cook in the evening. Good Sammies, these!