Barbara Jo’s Sloppy Joes

Barbara Jo’s Sloppy Joes

Recipe by Barbara Bach


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The photo above is a crock pot with 8 lbs of ground beef that will serve 25 people.


  • 1 lb Ground Beef

  • 1 Can of Chicken Gumbo

  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup

  • 1/2 Cup of C & H Light Brown Sugar

  • 2 TBLS Worcestersire

  • 1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard

  • Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder to taste


  • Fill the bottom of a skillet with water and bring to bubbling on medium heat. (The hot water breaks down the fats and helps hamburger cook up fine, using a fork. If you add the hamburger to a skillet that is too hot it cooks too fast, making the cooked hamburger too chunky)
  • Add chunks of ground beef into the hot water and begin mashing with a fork and continue to separate it until brown and very fine. Salt, pepper, and add minced onion or onion powder to your taste.
  • When the meat is all browned add the Chicken Gumbo Soup, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, & Worcestershire and mix well and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Drain in a colander in the sink with a disposal
  • Spoon into a hamburger bun. I like to add more mustard on mine. Some like to add chili powder or more ketchup or BBQ sauce


  1. How high do you fill the pan with water?