Ground Beef BBQ – Sloppy Joe Recipe without Brown Sugar

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Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar. Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can’t go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

Ground Beef BBQ

This barbecued beef recipe using hamburger originates from an old farm in Minnesota and is truly an old fashioned sloppy joe recipe.

Hamburger BBQ sandwiches are the easiest way to use up ground beef (also known as hamburger). They make an easy lunch and dinner and can be accompanied by anything from cut up carrots and celery, potato chips, cottage cheese, applesauce, or your favorite old fashioned salad.

Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

Ingredients for Ground Beef Barbecue

What do you need to make ground beef barbecue?

Ground Beef

Onion, yellow or white

Salt

Black Pepper

Sugar

Garlic Powder

Yellow Mustard

Worcestershire Sauce

Tabasco Sauce (optional)

Ketchup

Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

How to Make Sloppy Joe without brown sugar

For the full ingredient list and recipe steps for sloppy joe without brown sugar, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Brown meat in a dry skillet over high heat breaking it up into pieces until it becomes lightly browned and bits stick to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Reduce heat, add onions and cook for several minutes until onions are softened.
  3. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  4. Add sugar, garlic powder, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and water.
  5. Bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
  6. If it becomes too dry, add a little bit more water or ketchup. Cook until it has just enough moisture so that it does not soak through the bun.

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Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

How to eat sloppy joe without bread or buns?

  • Serve it over a baked potato or sweet potato.
  • Eat it like a taco in a tortilla shell.
  • Sloppy Joe makes great meat to serve on nachos.
  • Make cheesy sloppy joe quesadillas.
  • Add it on top of a salad or taco salad.
  • Go low carb by eating it in a lettuce wrap.
  • Serve over cooked rice or buttered noodles.
  • Make cornmeal waffles and serve over top with extra shredded cheese.
  • Crackers are the perfect dipper if all else fails!

Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

Can I Freeze Cooked Sloppy Joe?

Yes, freezing cooked sloppy joes makes for an easy meal later on. Follow these easy instructions for how to freeze cooked sloppy joe.

  1. Let cooked sloppy joe cool completely.
  2. Place in an airtight container, seal tightly.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To serve, defrost in the refrigerator until thawed.
  5. Heat in a skillet or the microwave until hot, and serve!

If you don’t want to freeze it, make these Sloppy Joe Cups using refrigerated biscuits.

Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

Notes About BBQ Sloppy Joes

  • To lighten these BBQ sloppy joes up, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Dried minced onion can be used for regular onion.
  • Brown sugar could be used for white sugar, if needed.
  • Tabasco is completely optional. Use more or less or leave it out completely.
  • If you don’t like any spice at all, take the black pepper down to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Wanting to use up leftover sloppy joes? Serve it over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, eat in a taco shell, over nachos, or use in a new pot of chili.
  • To freeze cooked sloppy joes for later, cool completely and put in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer.
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More Sloppy Joe Recipes

We love sloppy joe over here at These Old Cookbooks and we have shared several different recipes featuring these flavors. Some are classic and some are a take on the vintage sloppy joe sandwich.

Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

Hamburger Recipes Other than Sloppy Joes

5 Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole 

5 Ingredient Ground Beef Casserole is an old fashioned hamburger noodle casserole, loaded with beefy, cheesy goodness. 

Old Fashioned Stuffed Bell Peppers

Old Fashioned Stuffed Bell Peppers is a simple stuffed pepper recipe with cooked rice and ground beef.  With only five ingredients, including a simple sauce of tomato sauce, this basic recipe is anything but simple in flavor. 

Hamburger Pork and Bean Skillet

Hamburger Pork and Bean Skillet is a 4 ingredient ground beef dinner.  This sloppy joe recipe with beans is served with buttered bread or cornbread.

French Onion Sliders

French Onion Sliders are a cheesy-topped ground beef sloppy Joe mixture baked on Hawaiian rolls and drizzled in an delectable butter sauce. Make them for dinner or for a party, but just know, your family will be begging for more. 

Ground Beef BBQ - Sloppy Joe Recipe without Brown Sugar

Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq sloppy joes, ground beef barbecue, ground beef bbq, old fashioned sloppy joe, sloppy joe without brown sugar
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 - 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • splash Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Brown and crumble ground beef in a dry hot skillet until lightly browned and bits are stuck to the bottom of the pan.
    Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.
  • Reduce heat; add onions and cook for a few minutes until onions are softened. Season with salt and black pepper.
    Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.
  • Stir in sugar, garlic powder, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, ketchup and water.
    Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.
  • Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer for approximately 30 minutes. If it gets too thick, then add a bit of water or ketchup to loosen. The goal is to have it firm enough that it doesn't soak through the bread.
    Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.
  • Serve on bread or buns as a ground beef barbecue sandwich or however else you please!
    Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

Notes

  • To lighten these BBQ sloppy joes up, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Dried minced onion can be used for regular onion. 
  • Brown sugar could be used for white sugar, if needed.
  • Tabasco is completely optional. Use more or less or leave it out completely.
  • If you don't like any spice at all, take down the black pepper to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Wanting to use up leftover sloppy joes? Serve it over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, eat in a taco shell, over nachos, or use in a new pot of chili. 
  • To freeze cooked sloppy joes for later, cool completely and put in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • Make Sloppy Joe Cups with the leftovers!

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Ground Beef BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe is an old fashioned ground beef barbecue sandwich recipe from the farm without brown sugar.  Served over bread, baked potatoes, or even on a cracker, you can't go wrong with this easy ground beef barbecue recipe.

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