Ting-Town Barbeque Beef Sandwich

Ting-Town Barbeque Beef Sandwich

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"This recipe is adapted from a famous local favorite served at Ting-Town, a drive-in closed since 1970, in the Iron Range or Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota. Serving the beef on hamburger buns makes the dish extra authentic."

Ingredients 7 h 40 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 355 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 355 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 35.3g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 17.5 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 801 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. To make the sauce, combine the celery, onion, garlic, ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, beer, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl; stir until well blended.
  2. Place the chuck roast in a slow cooker. Pour the sauce evenly over the meat. Cover and cook the roast on HIGH for 3 hours. Reduce heat to LOW, and continue cooking until very tender, about 4 hours more.
  3. About 1/2 hour before serving, remove the chuck roast from the slow cooker and shred the meat with a large fork. Return the meat to the slow cooker, and cook uncovered so the sauce thickens, on LOW for 20 minutes.
  4. To serve, dip the flat sides of hamburger buns into the sauce and top with meat.
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This recipe is wonderful. My son has a hickory grilled steak house restaurant and when I tried this recipe (with his restaurant in mind) I was so impressed that I took the finished product to the restaurant for a taste test. He and all the servers and cooks tried it and loved it. They plan to put it on the menu. The time consuming part is measuring all the ingredients for the sauce but it is worth it!! Love this site and love, love, love the recipe conversion program on each recipe that allows me to change the number of servings. Thanks so much!


I admit it makes no sense at all, but it was mostly nostalgia that drew me to this recipe. Coming from the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota myself, it somehow felt like "home." But it takes more than sentimentality to make a great recipe and this one missed the mark for us. With all the ingredients involved I anticipated something indescribably fantastic, but in the end it was just predominantly sweet and all but masked the rich, beefy flavor you'd want and expect - edible, but not a repeat.


This makes a lot of beef barbeque. Mom never made it, but up North we used to have it every now and then for school lunch. I live in the South now, where pork barbeque is king and chicken barbeque comes in second and beef barbeque is rare. But I had a chuck roast I wanted to do something different with so I thought I’d cook some up. Southern hubby gobbled it up. It was great as sandwiches on hamburger rolls. I made this just as written (including open crock sauce thickening and dipping the bun tops) except left out the celery since I had none. I did add 1 tsp. celery seed for a touch of the celery flavor though. I used a good Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. I only had a 3 ½ lb. roast, but even so, the recipe makes a lot of sauce even if it had been the 4 lb. one specified. Tasty and hearty beef barbeque, all around. Not too sweet, not too spicy. I thought, just about right for the beef. I might tweak it with a little liquid smoke next time. Not hard to make at all. Don’t let the long list of ingredients intimidate you. All are pretty common things you probably have on hand. It really only took me a few minutes to measure out all the stuff in the sauce and you only have to chunk / chop up one onion. I served this with my favorite “Taste of Home’s Creamy Coleslaw” (from this site) that I whipped up in no time. This is a good meal for a day when the family is on the run. Leave the slow cooker on warm, set the package of hamburger buns out on the counter, and let everyone serve them