Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue Recipe -
Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue

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

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 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!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 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.

Aug 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.

Sep 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.

Jul 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.

Apr 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!

Dec 01, 2006

It's an easy sloppy joe recipe. I tripled the filling and froze it for future quick dinners.

Nov 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.


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  • Calories
  • 230 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 8.4 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 12.8 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 514 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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