This is a wonderful staple of the Pennsylvania Coal Region. It's the traditional 'sweet and sour'. Delicious on a hamburger bun.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Crumble the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess grease, and stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Serve on buns.

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Nutrition Facts

231 calories; protein 12.8g 26% DV; carbohydrates 25.8g 8% DV; fat 8.4g 13% DV; cholesterol 34.5mg 12% DV; sodium 465.1mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
Omit the ketchup and substitute tomato sauce for ketchup (do this with everything involving ketchup to avoid 'high fructose' corn syrup) and you have a winner! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2011
I made this a few months back (weird my review seems to have vanished) for my boys (as in husband and two kids) as they like any kind of meat dish you slap into a bun. I did add a mess of fresh minced garlic but I made no other changes. My husband thought it could use a little more "umph" but the two boys liked it okay. This is pretty much a simple sloppy joe. If I made this again I'd play around with the recipe a bit. Read More
(10)
341 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 229
  • 4 star values: 88
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2008
Omit the ketchup and substitute tomato sauce for ketchup (do this with everything involving ketchup to avoid 'high fructose' corn syrup) and you have a winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2010
This recipe is delicious as written. If you are worried about too much sugar, simply omit the brown sugar. Changing the ketchup to tomato sauce totally alters the taste. Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2009
I'm from NE PA so I really though this was real barbecue growing up. This is just like my mother's recipe and a staple at all of our family gatherings. So easy with great results AND you basically always have these ingredients on hand. As some other reviewers added, green peppers are a good addition if you have on hand but not a necessity. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2009
I have been making this recipe for years (except that I also add 1.5 T of worchestershire sauce) and it is a family favorite. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2006
Fantastic! Came across this recipe when I was bored with making hamburgers and spaghetti sauce. It's a sloppy-joe like meal but with a totally different taste. Very sweet/sour will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2006
It's an easy sloppy joe recipe. I tripled the filling and froze it for future quick dinners. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2009
Well this was a surprise. Except for the vinegar the sauce of this "barbecue" is the same mixture my mother always used atop her meatloaves. Just that little touch of vinegar turned the corner from meatloaf topping to barbecue! Will make again. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2008
Terrific barbecue sandwiches! This isn't the typical barbecue beef we are used to as it isn't tomatoey smoky or peppery but it is great. I let this simmer about an hour and only used 1/2 an onion and added 1/2 tsp onion powder to make up the difference. I had to use cider vinegar instead of white. So much better than manwich as my husband said. He even ate two! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2011
This meal is what we in the south call a "Sloppy Joe". I have tried several recipes that my 3 year old and myself liked but my husband wasn't crazy about. BUT, this one was a hit for all of us! It is by far my favorite and my husband actually likes it! The only change I made (bc my hubby doesn't like pieces of onions) is I use onion powder instead of onions. YUMMY! 5 stars! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2011
I made this a few months back (weird my review seems to have vanished) for my boys (as in husband and two kids) as they like any kind of meat dish you slap into a bun. I did add a mess of fresh minced garlic but I made no other changes. My husband thought it could use a little more "umph" but the two boys liked it okay. This is pretty much a simple sloppy joe. If I made this again I'd play around with the recipe a bit. Read More
(10)