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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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  • Jud
    Sep 15, 2020

    After 12 hours at work I came home to make bbq only to find I didn't have all my ingredients I use in my recipe, so I saw your recipe and made was soooooo delicious and quick!!! Thank you so much!

  • Joan
    Jul 12, 2020

    Great recipe. But sorry, you didn't invent this recipe. It's been around for many, many years. Poor man's food. From coal region of PA.

  • Sue
    Apr 9, 2019

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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!

  • geri steele
    Jun 8, 2013

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  • maritab
    Apr 17, 2013

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  • 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.