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Jan 28, 2010 11:39 AM

Sir Beef Green Beans from the relish bar? Recipe anyone????

There was a Sir Beef restaurant in Evansville Indiana that had a "Help Ye Self" relish bar with Kraut, Pickles, Beets, and these Green Beans that were awesome! I tried to get the recipe and the owners daughter said there was "everything but the kitchen sink" in them".

Well, they closed. I know they were canned beans with added sliced onions, celery seeds and other herbs and they had a "bubbly" feel to them like maybe from soda???

I would really like to have the recipe if there is anyone that knows it.


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  1. I LOVED Sir Beef! And those beans! I haven't thought about them in years...we moved to away 10 years ago. My grandfather loved the Beef Tea which I believe was au jus meant to be sipped. Hopefully someone will have a bean recipe for us!

    1. As an Evansville girl, I have to laugh at the fact that Sir Beef has appeared on the Chowhound boards! (And I also have to speculate that the "fizz" was fermentation. . .)

      If they used canned beans, you can probably come close by transferring store bought canned green beans to a jar and adding sugar, onions, garlic, vinegar, and spices.

      My husband often uses the leftover pickling liquid from store-bought pickles to cure vegetables from our garden. Sometimes we add spices, etc.

      It's a fun, delicious expirament any way you make it. I'd love to know how yours turns out!

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      1. re: mamaciita

        Tried that. Just did not work. I don't remember much of a vinegar taste, so they weren't "pickled" or dill. Not sure about the fermentation. When I asked the owners daughter, she said they make them every day. That wouldn't be enough time for gases to produce.

        Since they made them there, I am hoping for someone that knows someone.....etc. I found out the recipe for Cracker Barrel Chicken n' dumplin's from a disgruntled employee. LOL!!! Maybe I will find a sad employee that misses the great taste of their roast beef and GREEN BEANS!!!!

      2. My husband Jon fink had Sir Beef for over 20years, after his passing I found some of the Beefs recipes. This is what I found for the green beans you can break it down accordingly. Hope this helps.
        4 cans beans
        4 onions
        1cup sugar
        1cupsalad oil
        6 1/2 tbsp basil
        4 tbsp oregano
        31/2 tbsp celery seed
        2 1/2 tbsp garlic
        1 tsp salt

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          1. re: lkfink

            I have been wondering about Sir Beef's meat seasoning recipe and BBQ sauce recipe. I can't remember the name of the sauce, but it had one of those old time English names. Has anyone figured these out?

              1. re: dianne0712

                my educated guess would be,yes dried

                an old recipe,not seasonal,made daily with ingredients that had to be readily available 20+ years ago in Indiana

              2. re: lkfink

                Hi Mrs. Fink, I remember going to Sir Beef on St Joe in the mid 70's. It was and will always be a favorite. Many friends and I do not understand why such and outstanding sandwich is no longer available. As a child when I was sick my Dad would drive across town to get me a couple Sir Beefs because that was the only thing I would eat! Preferably after chilling in the fridge. Since you posted the recipe for the green beans, any chance you ran across a recipe for the beef and the barbeque sauce? I would often drink several of the small cups of sauce it was so good. I remember they would steam the beef just prior to serving it.

                Thanks so much,

                  1. re: lkfink

                    This was so nice of you to share. This thread is four years old, but by chance would you be willing to share the spices that went into the roast beef sandwiches? I grew up eating Sir Beef on Sundays with my family and we frequently reminisce about those times. We would always get sandwiches and cheese cake. It was the best. I so wish we could try to recreate at home. Thank you for those memories!

                    1. re: lkfink

                      Please say you have that fabulous cheesecake recipe. I used to make it at burger farm on sat mornings in high school days. Andy g who owned both sold it at sir beef too