Hill Country Rodeo Sandwiches

According to Wikipedia, Texas Hill Country is “…unique for its fusion of Spanish and German influences in food, beer, architecture, and music that form a distinctively “Texan” culture separate from the state’s Southern and Southwestern influences. For example, the accordion was popularized in Tejano music in the 19th century due to cultural exposure to German settlers.”  The area encompasses the following counties:

  • Bandera
  • Bell
  • Blanco
  • Burnet
  • Comal
  • Coryell
  • Crockett
  • Edwards
  • Gillespie
  • Hays
  • Kendall
  • Kerr
  • Kimble
  • Lampasas
  • Llano
  • Mason
  • McCullouch
  • Menard
  • Real
  • San Saba
  • Schleicher
  • Sutton
  • Travis
  • Val Verde
  • Williamson

Makes 4 (1/2-cup) servings


  • 2 cups thinly sliced stew meat or 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional


Brown stew beef in a small amount of fat, or if using ground beef, it’s own fat.  Drain meat.

In a large, heavy skillet, combine drained meat with remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to very low, cover and simmer until the meat is tender, about 2 hours.  If using ground beef, do not cover, but cook until the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.

Serve on split, open-faced buns with onion slices, pickles, mustard, corn-on-the cob, and a cola.

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