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Nonie's Best BBQ Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Nonie's Best BBQ

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"BBQ is different in every home you go to. I have never found another recipe that compares to my grandmother's. It is a sweet-tasting recipe and goes great with a salad or french fries!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Whisk together the ketchup, water, white sugar, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir the ground beef and onion in the hot skillet until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink; drain and discard any excess grease. Stir the beef into the simmering barbeque sauce. Simmer together for 10 minutes. Spoon into the buns to serve.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 30 mins
  • READY IN 40 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 07, 2010

This was a great barbecue sloppy joe! I scaled this down to just 1 lb. of ground beef. I let mine simmer for about 45 min. while waiting on my husband to come home for his lunch break. This had a nice barbecue flavor. I will make these again soon. Thanks Nonie's BBQ is delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 31, 2012

Made for Recipe Group. I assumed the minced onions meant fresh, so that's what I used. The cooking time seems way too long to me, I only cooked the sauce about 5 minutes and added to the beef, then simmered until the consistency was what I wanted. This is way overboard on the sweet side for me. I didn't really get any other taste from it. I don't get the bbq taste from it at all. Thanks for the recipe.


34 Ratings

Apr 23, 2009

Very tasty! I did not have red wine vinegar, so just used white vinegar but it still was great. I added a little of my husband's favorite spicy barbecue sauce for a little extra kick for him.

Mar 29, 2012

I made this for Recipe Group this week. It was very good! I halved the sugar and increased the onion. I didn't simmer the additional 10 minutes at the end, because the consistency seemed just right to me. Next time I think I'd like to add a little green pepper. I’m glad I made this one and we’re looking forward to having the leftovers tonight!

Mar 26, 2012

Made this tonight for recipe group. Made half the recipe. It was easy and really good. Didn't know if the minced onion was fresh or dehydrated. Used real onion, minced with my box grater. An inexpensive, quick, delicious "sloppy" supper. Thanks!!

Apr 02, 2012

I followed the recipe, except halved it for one pound of ground beef. The only thing I did different was to add a whole small minced onion, much more than a tablespoon...sure didn't see the need to waste the rest of the onion. I almost forgot the water addition and after I did add it I wished I hadn't...there is no need for the needed a strain it with a slotted spoon or you'd have a really soggy bun. If I make again I will omit the extra water completely, reduce the sugar a tad (although husband thought the sweetness was perfect) and certainly add some minced bell pepper or celery...I'm glad I had the extra onion. It was a nice quick easy meal to make.

Mar 28, 2012

Not a drop left in the pan. I loved that this recipe was homemade sloppy joe and didn't have that commercial can taste like store bought. One of my sons considers himself a sloppy joe expert and he 100% approved this recipe.

Mar 24, 2012

Made these for lunch today & as part of the Recipe Group pick for 3.24.12. These made tasty sammies! I scaled the recipe to 6 servings for 1 lb of ground meat. I added some diced green/red pepper to the meat I needed to use up, but otherwise made as written. Delish! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!


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  • Calories
  • 314 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 17 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 863 mg
  • 35%

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

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