Ritter's Green Tomato Relish was a must-have ingredient for my mother-in-law's Pennsylvania style barbecuedd beef aka Sloppy Joes.

Beef Barbecue #2

  • Author: La Cuisinière
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 sandwiches
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American Regional


Ritter’s Green Tomato Relish was a must-have ingredient for my mother-in-law’s Pennsylvania style barbecued beef aka Sloppy Joes.  This is Margaret’s family only version of the recipe.



  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (Heinz apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard (regular yellow mustard)
  • 1/2 jar Ritter’s Green Tomato Relish (or any green tomato relish)
  • 1 8 oz. can Hunt’s® tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Spread the loosened ground chuck in a well buttered skillet.
  2. Keep turning the meat until no red shows, add ingredients in order over full flames, keep stirring until well mixed and the contents of the skillet begin to cook hard.
  3. Turn down the heat to half and cook for 30 minutes uncovered. Stir occasionally so it does not stick. The mixture should be thick not juicy.
  4. Don’t over cook. If the meat is fatty, skim off the fat before adding other ingredients.
  5. Makes 6 barbecue sandwiches.


  • Serving Size: 4 oz.

Keywords: beef, barbecue, Ritter's relish, green tomato relish, Pennsylvania

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