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Tangy Barbecued Beef Sandwiches

Every year for our church ice cream social, we'd fill six roaster ovens with these ingredients and let them simmer all day. Boy, did that barbecue smell good. —Janet Sipes, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, water, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar and salt; heat through. Serve on buns.
    Freeze option: Place cooled beef mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water or broth if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 387 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 864mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • MNKim1967
    Jan 14, 2020

    This is essentially the same recipe I've been using since I was a kid (minus the salt) to make sloppy joes and NO ONE has ever complained - tried and true! If you want to add a little "zip", simply, use spicy mustard instead of regular (Koop's Arizona Heat is my favorite). I use the same recipe when I substitute ground turkey for ground beef, also.

  • lpugh9
    Sep 1, 2019

    Made as is except I added a little green pepper which gave it an added zip.

  • modestcook
    Dec 4, 2018

    Sorry, I thought this recipe was very bland. I made it exactly as written. I have other recipes for BBQ beef sandwiches that are much better.

  • Loiscooks
    Sep 8, 2017

    I was looking for a sloppy joe recipe that does not call for tomato soup. This is it! This will be my sloppy joe recipe from now on. Thanks for the recipe.

  • HungryFam
    Jan 30, 2016

    I had 3 lbs of ground beef and was in a hurry. I found this simple recipe and it did not disappoint! I wasn't sure if I was going to like it so I only used 1/2 of the beef. With the 1st bite my mom said it was the best and has already requested that I make the remaining meat like this! I ended up only using 1 tbs each of the mustard & worchestire sauce, just a little more salt and brown sugar. This hungry family thanks you for the recipe and reviews. I'll be back for more! :)

  • Angel182009
    Aug 14, 2015

    My family and I loved the flavors in this sandwich! The only thing I did differently is I didn't use Worcestershire sauce because I was out. I was really disappointed because I love the flavor that adds to food. But without it it was still delicious! I will be making again.

  • dieter's mom
    May 19, 2015

    This was a quick, easy & delicious recipe. I did not use barbecue sauce & just added another tablespoon of ketchup instead. I disagree with another reviewer who said this recipe had no flavor. We thought it was very tasty.

  • DianeC23
    Feb 10, 2015

    Very good and super easy to make. I'll be making this one again. (I served it on pretzel buns/rolls, which was also good!)

  • dschultz01
    Sep 10, 2014

    Quick and easy recipe to make. Not a lot of flavor, but still very good.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jun 29, 2014

    Simple, easy & delicious!!