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Slow Cooker Ground Beef Barbecue Recipe
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Slow Cooker Ground Beef Barbecue
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Slow Cooker Ground Beef Barbecue

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"Good served on buns, and great chili for hot dogs."

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Original recipe makes 20 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs 15 mins

    6 hrs 25 mins


  1. Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook until brown, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 15 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Place the cooked meat, onion, garlic, celery, salt, black pepper, cider vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, and ketchup into a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Set the cooker on Low, and cook for 6 to 8 hours.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 20, 2011

Very good recipe!!! My family loves 'sloppy joes', but I hate the sauce out the can because it is so sweet. This made a great sloppy joe that my family loved and I did too. I cooked it in a skillet instead of in the slow cooker and it turned out great. I omitted celery, upped the garlic, salt, pepper, and vinegar. I also used a can of tomato paste and cut down the ketchup to get rid of some of the sweetness. Overall, very good recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2012

Yuck...too sweet

Jun 23, 2011

Oh my goodness this came out great. So tasty and super simple to make. The only thing I tweaked was I seasoned the ground beef with seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and a dash of red pepper flakes before I added it to my slow cooker. Also, I added 5 cloves of garlic instead of 2 (I love garlic).

Apr 11, 2011

I made this using vegetarian fake "beef" crumbles, and it was so delicious my fiance forgot it wasn't meat (we're on a low calorie diet)!! the only thing I changed was using a chipotle flavored ketchup as it was all we had. I think it would also be great with chicken or brisket! Thank you so much for sharing, we will be making this again!!

Jun 20, 2011

This is the basicly same recipe I use minus the celery and slow cooker. It's only a half hour in a pan. Very tasty and fast. Great with veggie and salad or fruit.

Apr 18, 2011

LOVE this! Used it for a Girl Scout dinner. Added 4lbs of beef, so also added a Manwich can too, but the flavoring was SO good!

Nov 15, 2011

WOW!! I made this tonight for the first time. I was only making it for myself so I pretty much cut the recipe in half. After a few hours of cooking the smell made me just want to add pickle slices and a touch of pickle juice, it was amazing. I ate the meat on a hamburger bun like a sloppy joe and in a tortilla as a burrito. Both were unbelievable! So easy and so good

Oct 01, 2011

Great recipe! Only thing I did different was omit the celery and use Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce instead of ketchup. It was awesome as sloppy joes on some Hawaiin buns, even my very picky 2yr old ate it up! I will never make sloppy joes from a can again!


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  • Calories
  • 188 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 8.5 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 13.9 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 710 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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