Recipe By Christine Westrom
Published Mar 5th
Slow Cooker Ground Beef Barbecue
Prep 10m Cook 6h 15m Additional - Ready In 6h 25m
Servings 20 servings Calories 187.6

Good served on buns, and great chili for hot dogs.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 ½ cups ketchup

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook until brown, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 15 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. 2 Place the cooked meat, onion, garlic, celery, salt, black pepper, cider vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, and ketchup into a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Set the cooker on Low, and cook for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 187.6
  • Carbohydrate 14.5 g
  • Cholesterol 44.6 mg
  • Fat 8.5 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.3 g
  • Sodium 709.8 mg
  • Sugar 12.7 g


  1. This is exactly the same way I have always made mine. I dont add celery or the minced garlic but do add finely chopped peppers. My soon to be hubby does not like the sweetness so I compromise by adding a can of tomatoe paste to cut down on the sweetness. I also use a - Read more ...
  2. Yuck...too sweet
  3. WOW!! I made this tonight for the first time. I was only making it for myself so I pretty much cut the recipe in half. After a few hours of cooking the smell made me just want to add pickle slices and a touch of pickle juice, it was amazing. I ate the meat on - Read more ...
  4. Great recipe! Only thing I did different was omit the celery and use Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce instead of ketchup. It was awesome as sloppy joes on some Hawaiin buns, even my very picky 2yr old ate it up! I will never make sloppy joes from a can again!
  5. Oh my goodness this came out great. So tasty and super simple to make. The only thing I tweaked was I seasoned the ground beef with seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and a dash of red pepper flakes before I added it to my slow cooker. Also, I added 5 cloves of garlic instead of 2 - Read more ...
  6. This is the basicly same recipe I use minus the celery and slow cooker. It's only a half hour in a pan. Very tasty and fast. Great with veggie and salad or fruit.
  7. I made this with ground venison and ground beef. It was delicious. Will definitely keep this recipe to be used again.
  8. Very good recipe!!! My family loves 'sloppy joes' but I hate the sauce out the can because it is so sweet. This made a great sloppy joe that my family loved and I did too. I cooked it in a skillet instead of in the slow cooker and it turned out great. I omitted celery - Read more ...
  9. LOVE this! Used it for a Girl Scout dinner. Added 4lbs of beef so also added a Manwich can too but the flavoring was SO good!
  10. I made this using vegetarian fake "beef" crumbles, and it was so delicious my fiance forgot it wasn't meat (we're on a low calorie diet)!! the only thing I changed was using a chipotle flavored ketchup as it was all we had. I think it would also be great with chicken or brisket! Thank you - Read more ...