Take-out Tuesday, Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

School has started in Alabama

and with it comes hectic afternoons and evenings

The slow cooker is invaluable for making

and holding dinner on busy nights

This recipe is family friendly, perfect for days

when everyone coming and going at different times

The tasty tangy sauce is made with pantry ingredients,

ketchup, garlic, BBQ sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar,

Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, salt & pepper

Spray or line your slow cooker and then add the sauce ingredients

Mix the sauce right in the pot!

Brown the ground beef

Drain the beef thoroughly and add it to the sauce in the slow cooker

Cook on low for 4 hours

Now all that needs to be done is toast the buns

and dinner is ready!

Place a slice of sharp cheddar cheese on the toasted bun bottom

and top with the hot beef

The hot beef will melt the cheese for a very flavorful sandwich

This recipe is adapted from Center Cut Cook

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

An easy, family friendly dinner that is ready when you are!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • slow cooker


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or ground chuck
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet & Spicy
  • hamburger buns
  • cheddar cheese slices optional


  • Spray or line your slow cooker
  • Add ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Brown beef in skillet, crumbling as you cook and stir it.
  • When beef is done, add minced garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Drain beef well and add to sauce in slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours
  • Just before serving, toast buns. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom of the buns and top with meat mixture, and then top with remaining halves of buns


Chop an onion and brown in skillet and add it to beef and sauce if desired, or garnish with chopped raw onion when serving
Serve meat over a baked potato instead of a bun
For a low carb version wrap meat in a large lettuce leaf
If you want to cook this stove top, use the same directions and put the ingredients into a large deep pot and simmer on low heat for an hour to let flavors blend
Keyword easy dinner, sloppy joe sandwiches, slow cooker BBQ Beef


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33 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    Jenna, I haven’t thought of this for years and years. When I was you we called them Sloppy Joe’s. Don’t ask me where the Joe came from, the sloppy I understand.

    • Yes, this is a version of Sloppy Joes, but I didn’t want to call them that because my grandsons said they don’t like Sloppy Joes- so when I told them we were having BBQ Beef sandwiches for dinner, they said great and gobbled them up!

  2. Mary says:

    Sounds perfect for busy weeknights Jenna! I need to pull out the slow cooker to keep the kitchen cooler in this heat. Happy Tuesday ♥

  3. Slow cookers are such a handy thing, but I tend to think of them in the winter when I want to slow simmer a stew. It’s such a good idea for the summer as well because you don’t heat up the house!

  4. I there anything better for a good summer meal than a sandwich like that? The slow cooker is a great idea for these hot days!

  5. Jenna, when our son was growing up he loved Sloppy Joe’s and I made them weekly. Your recipe brought back a sweet memory. Happy Tuesday!

  6. Julie says:

    I love using the crock pot during the fall and winter months Jenna. This sloppy joe recipe looks so good and easy to make. I will have to try it out sometime. I hope you have a nice week Jenna.

  7. Nancy says:

    Yum! In! The! Tum! Sweet man will love these when I make them!
    Thank you Jenna!

  8. This is a sandwich that my husband will be crazy for! That sauce sounds so rich and good.

  9. Cyndi Raines says:

    Looks so good! I am pulling recipes together for our trip up north and this will go along too! Thank you Jenna! Also want to try those zucchini baked chips! 😋

    • This recipe couldn’t be easier and it will be a crowd pleaser. I have made the zucchini chips several times and there are never any left! Thanks Cyndi and have a wonderful time on your trip!

  10. Kitty says:

    Oh my…yum!! These sound kinda like Sloppy Joe’s, Jenna. I want to make these soon! Thank you, as always.

  11. Nice and easy! Kid friendly I’m sure too:@)

  12. lulu says:

    Oh yum! This would suit us to a T!

  13. Deb says:

    Hope the children are doing well in school. Xavier starts kindergarten right after Labor Day. The BBQ Beef sandwiches sure sound tasty, and remind me of Sloppy Joes.

  14. Ricki Treleaven says:

    This looks and sounds much better than Sloppy Joes. I pinned it! 😀 Thanks, Jenna.

  15. Hi, Jenna. Way back when I used to do a art/craft show in Evanston, IL. It was one of those combination events, something akin to a street festival and a rock concert. Anyways, I had the pleasure of being next to Sweet Baby Ray—back when he was cooking his sauce at home and selling it in canning jars. He, his wife, and a half a dozen kids/cousins were all there hawking the most fabulous sauces. They served cut hot dogs on toothpicks as tasters. I went home with two jars of sauce, and they went home with a divided pottery dish, they said they would use for tastings. Low and behold…it is the only sauce that comes into our home…a real Chicago success story! Hugs, Sandi.

    • Wow, I never stopped to think that there could actually be a Sweet Baby Ray! How amazing you met him way back when and that he was able to build his brand and create a fabulous product line sold in stores all over the country!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

  16. I have done this with pork, but this sounds amazing, too.

  17. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. I know the guys at my house will love it!

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