Slow Cooker Sloppy Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Barbecue Beef Sandwich, Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Sloppy BBQ Beef. Diana Rattray
  • 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Ratings (7)

 This "sloppy" barbecued ground beef mixture makes delicious sandwiches with barbecue flavors. These sandwiches are especially good with French fries or potato chips and coleslaw or serve them with roasted potatoes or a potato salad. They make a fabulous casual family meal

With some shredded carrot and diced celery, these sandwiches are a good way to get some veggies into the kids. Feel free to add some sliced or chopped mushrooms to the ground beef mixture.

These sandwiches would also be excellent for a game day gathering or tailgating event. They're so easy to fix, and you can serve them hot from the slow cooker. 

What You'll Need

  •  1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bell pepper, green or red, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • dash ground cloves
  • 6 to 8 split hamburger buns or bulkie rolls, lightly toasted

How to Make It

Saute the ground beef* in a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat, stirring and breaking up, for about 5 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, diced celery, and grated carrot. Continue cooking, frequently stirring, until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Drain and discard excess grease.

In a bowl combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, the pepper, and cloves.

Stir to blend thoroughly.

Transfer the ground beef and vegetables to a slow cooker. Add the sauce mixture and stir to blend.

Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve the barbecue beef over the toasted split buns along with coleslaw, French fries or potato salad.

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*Why Brown the Ground Beef?

Most meat can go right into the slow cooker with no pre-browning though browning or searing does add to the appearance and depth of flavor. Ground meat is the exception. You should brown ground beef or any ground meat to destroy any bacteria that might be present. Browning the ground meat also improves the texture, color, and flavor. 

Tips for Traveling With the Slow Cooker

If you will be taking the slow cooker to a party or potluck, wrap it in newspapers or a towel to keep it warm, and be sure to place it on a flat surface in the car so it will not tip over. Use rubber bands or twine to hold the lid securely. Serve within an hour of unplugging, or plug it in and set on LOW (or WARM) to keep the food at a safe temperature for a few hours.