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Tomato Sauce for Hamburger Barbecues

Makes enough sauce for 1 pound ground beef

This was my grandmother's recipe for hamburger barbecue sauce. When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, we always called the sandwiches hamburger barbecues. I do not know if the term 'sloppy joes' ever caught on. Add this sauce to browned ground beef, to which some diced onions and green peppers have been added. For something a little different, see the Hamburger Barbecue Sandwiches recipe in the similar and related recipes links.


Mix all ingredients together in saucepan. Cook just until starting to boil. Add to browned ground beef, onions and peppers and simmer over very low heat for about 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Serve immediately or keep warm over very low heat.

Notes: Sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to five days. It can also be frozen for up to one year. Leftover hamburger barbecues reheat very well in the microwave or on the stovetop.