Family-Favorite Barbecues Recipe

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My Grandma Ackerson served these hearty sloppy joes on her auction lunch wagon. They were also a favorite on the farm at family gatherings. Now I serve them on my farm to her great-grandchildren. - Velda Larson, Paynesville, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 3-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 286 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato juice, rice, mustard and seasonings; mix well. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Spoon onto buns. Yield: 16 servings.
The filling for Family-Favorite Barbecues can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Barbecues in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p119

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