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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, made with ground beef soaked in a savory sauce of  tomatoes, ketchup, barbecue sauce and spices. Makes enough to feed a crowd or to freeze for later!

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, with ground beef in a savory sauce of  tomatoes, ketchup, barbecue sauce and spices. Enough to feed a crowd or to freeze for later!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :4 hours
Total Time :4 hours 15 minutes
Servings :24
Calories :175
Course :Main Dish


  • 3 pounds ground beef 80% or leaner
  • 3 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp pepperoncini brine from the jar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp table salt


  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef until no pink remains. Drain, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in skillet. Scrape browned beef into slow cooker insert.
  • Add celery and onions to skillet and saute over medium-high heat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add to beef in slow cooker. Add all other ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Set slow cooker to Low and cook for 6 - 8 hours, or High for 3-4 hours. Stir occasionally.


You may substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or pickled banana pepper brine for pepperoncini brine. If using vinegar, regular or apple cider vinegar provide the best flavor.
Omit or reduce the added the brown sugar if you like your Sloppy Joes less sweet.
Nutrition information does not include rolls for serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1servingCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 7.09gProtein: 10.31gFat: 11.5gSaturated Fat: 4.37gCholesterol: 40.26mgSodium: 281.61mgPotassium: 302.1mgFiber: 0.65gSugar: 5.56gVitamin A: 158.21IUVitamin C: 3.63mgCalcium: 25.6mgIron: 1.6mg

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