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Sloppy Joes for 8 Dozen

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
  • 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


  • In two stockpots over medium heat, cook and stir beef and onions until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Diane
    Jul 7, 2017

    Has anyone made this for 12??? 96 is way too much.

  • Penny
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    May 16, 2013

    This is NOT diabetic friendly with brown sugar in it.

  • sdyeag
    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
    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.