Sloppy Joes for 8 Dozen Recipe
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Sloppy Joes for 8 Dozen Recipe

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“My husband and I raised 3 boys, and they had great appetites. I cooked and baked huge amounts of everything! I hope you like these Sloppy Joes as much as we do.” —Wanieta Penner, Assaria, Kansas
Featured In: Top 10 Potluck Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 15 pounds ground beef
  • 6 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 gallon ketchup
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 96 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 281 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 796mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In two stockpots over medium heat, cook and stir beef and onions until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. Spoon 1/3 cup onto each bun. Yield: 96 servings.
Originally published as Sloppy Joes for 8 Dozen in Taste of Home April/May 2009 , p20

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Penny User ID: 4223708 261327
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"I raised 2 boys of my own and had 2 brothers living with us while they were all in high like this got me through....spaghetti was another...."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 260090
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"3 stars ONLY because of the people like a hearty sandwich and no way was there enough for 8 dozen...but I didnt have that many people. Basic recipe is great..just allow for either really small sandwiches, and get smaller buns, or make more of the meat...just be aware with bigger servings the nutrition info changes! Taste is really time i would cut the mustard in half as my personal preference."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 223837
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"This recipe is great if you're going to serve the sandwiches already assembled. 2-3 oz per sandwich is a decent serving size. However, if you're going to set this out on a buffet self serve style, I would definitely make extra."

rettuc User ID: 6059764 223797
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"If you are feeding 96 people , this beef only feeds half of those people. You need 30 lbs of meat for 96 people. I almost had a disaster making this for a crowd of 100. Fortunately i talked to someone who knew what they were doing and said you need 30 lbs. It was just enough."

dminkus User ID: 6010427 175733
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"I haven't made this recipe, but seeing the review for this recipe not being diabetic friendly, I have to comment. My dad is diabetic and several other people I know are. 1/4 tsp of added sugar per sandwich is not bad! I do realize that the ketchup and some of the other ingredients contain sugars as well. But this recipe is really not bad if you are diabetic and want a sloppy joe. I actually thought it was a "normal" sized recipe at first even with 1/2 cup brown sugar."

whatshisface User ID: 1724907 181127
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"A little too much ketchup for us. NOTE to diabetic SPLENDA makes a Brown Sugar for diabetics. AND you only use 1/2 as much as what the recipe calls for!"

bgp60 User ID: 1475372 181105
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"This is NOT diabetic friendly with brown sugar in it."

sdyeag User ID: 7109873 164798
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"Am I the only one who didn't understand the recipe? Do you put 15 lbs. of meat in each pot? Do you divide the seasoning ingredients between your two pots or do you put those amounts into each pot?"

janeron User ID: 1726882 109444
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"I tried another recipe today but am going back to this one for Fathers Day. When you want to keep eating after you're full it's good. I'm still looking for the recipe we had in our grade school cafeteria. It left grease on your lips. I know I know."

robynrenee User ID: 5777444 175731
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Too strong of a tomato flavor(?) Something needed to be toned down in this recipe. I just don't know what it is."

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