Southern Barbecue Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Southern Barbecue Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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I revamped our favorite sloppy joe recipe into this thick spaghetti sauce that simmers in the slow cooker. The flavor is jazzy enough to be interesting to adults, yet mild enough for the kids to enjoy. —Rhonda Melanson, Sarnia, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 cups hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 342 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 491mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, onions, mushrooms and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, ketchup, broth, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, cumin and chili powder. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Southern Barbecue Spaghetti Sauce in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p37

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keely27 User ID: 4249986 240466
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Really good and makes a lot so can be frozen and use for another meal or two"

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