Farm Sale Barbecue

When I saw this recipe, that the contributor says they use at farm sales and the local livestock sale barn, I thought I might have a winner.  I like old-fashioned Midwest ground beef in barbecue sauce, not Sloppy Joes – and this recipe tastes just like the one I remember as a kid.  And, finally, I have found a ground beef mixture for sandwiches that my husband really likes – and so do I – not too sweet and not too much tomato.  Try the recipe just as is; I think you’ll like it.  Keep it warm in a crockpot for summer picnics.
With so few ingredients, it’s easy to make too.    A recipe of “40 minute Hamburger Buns” and you’re good to go.   I make the entire recipe and freeze meal-size portions in freezer bags, and I freeze the buns too – Heat them up and I have a hot meal that’s faster than fast food.  I made them with excellent beef from the Leighton Locker in Leighton, Iowa – no “pink slime” here.  Cheaper beef might cook away more than mine did.  Even then, a beef barbecue sandwich cost me only 75¢ each for the meat and bun.

Farm Sale Barbecue
  2        Pounds  Ground Beef
  2        Large  Onions -- chopped
  1        Can  Tomato Soup
  2        Tablespoons  Catsup
  1        Tablespoon  Dry Mustard
  1        Tablespoon  Vinegar
            Salt and Pepper to taste
Brown ground beef.  Add onions; cook until onions are golden brown.  Drain fat if necessary.
Add soup, catsup, mustard and vinegar; simmer for 10 minutes or longer.  Serve on hamburger buns or French bread.
Yield:  2 quarts or 12 servings on buns (I used a #16 size scoop to serve – about ¼ cup.)
Cost:  $ 8.21 or 69¢ per serving if ground beef is $3.29 per pound.
  "Ground Beef Cookbook "
Per Serving: 253 Calories; 20g Fat (73.1% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 64mg Cholesterol; 140mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 3 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. Thank you so much for your blog. I enjoy it very much. I tend to like your recipes shared from the More with Less and Best of Country Brreads Cookbooks. Could you please tell me the authors and/or publishers and of these? It seems there are several on Amazon with the same title.

    1. Here are links to look at those cookbooks...
      Best of Country Breads
      And my absolute favorite cookbook...It expresses a philosophy about food that is very thought-provoking.
      More with Less Cookbook, by Doris Janzen Longacre

  2. That looks so very delicious. Thank you very much for sharing !!

  3. Oh my goodness, your bar-b-q looks so going to have it for supper one evening this week. Thank You for sharing! Gracie B.


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