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Tangy Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

A quick, tangy sauce gives these family-pleasing sandwiches lots of zip. “I've had this recipe for years,” writes Sharon Zagar of Gardner, Illinois. “I've given it out many, many times.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Spoon 3/4 cup onto each bun.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 348 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 719mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.
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  • JMartinelli13
    Jun 2, 2016

    This was real good, simple, reheated great. To stretch the leftovers even more, I mixed in some Bush's beans (Southwest Pit Barbecue flavor). This would be great over pasta, or wrapped in a tortilla!

  • dawnrosanne
    Mar 18, 2016

    Absolutely fabulous. Only tweak was I used 1/2 cup of ketchup instead of 1/4 cup.

  • ConnieK
    Aug 18, 2012

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  • ng_flrs
    May 5, 2012

    loved the tangy/sweet taste!

  • lottieda
    Jan 30, 2012

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  • ircmom
    Jan 5, 2012

    This is a good recipe. Quick like it says and easy! It's really just Sloppy Joe's though. I was hoping for a different flavor, but my family still enjoyed it and I'll probably make it again.

  • cnbatista
    Jul 18, 2011

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  • missidj
    Jan 17, 2011

    Loved it! Only thing I did differently was use green pepper instead of celery. Will definitely be making this again!

  • hayport
    Sep 20, 2009

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  • Hannah0418
    Jul 8, 2009

    these are YUM-O!!!made them yesterday for the 1st time - will definately make them again. didn't change anything - perfect as is.