Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches for a Crowd: A Great Ground Beef Recipe

A simple, quick, and fairly inexpensive way to feed a large crowd is to give them sloppy joe sandwiches. If you don't want to go to the trouble of measuring out all the ingredients below, you can use 14 oz. to 16 oz. bottles of your favorite store bought barbeque sauce. If freezing this for later use, freeze in 2 cup freezer containers. Two cups of sloppy joe meat will make between 6 and 8 sandwiches, depending on how much you put in each. To use straight from the freezer, place 2 to 4 tablespoons of water in the bottom of a medium saucepan. Add the frozen meat, and slowly bring to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until hot and back to the original consistency (water you added has evaporated). This is a great crowd pleaser, whether your crowd is a family of four, or a family get-together of 40 or so.

Barbecued Hamburger Sloppy Joes

1 cups chopped onions
4 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup butter
1-14 oz. bottle catsup
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. salt

Sauté onion in butter in large soup stock pan. Add ground beef. Brown lightly. Drain off excess fat. Add rest of ingredients and simmer. Cover for 30 minutes. Use to fill 30 to 40 warm buns. Or cool and freeze in 1 pint freezing containers. One pint will make 6 to 8 sloppy joes. Serve with sliced onion, cole slaw, and pickle wedges.

This hamburger recipe is a family favorite!

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