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Monday, May 4, 2009

Freezer Sloppy Joes by Jackie

Adapted from Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes
*As of May 2009, this recipe can be made gluten free by using the products in parenthesis.

Makes 10 servings

3 lb. ground beef
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced or ¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 c. ketchup (*Heinz)
1 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 c. water
4 T. brown sugar (*organic)
4 T. prepared mustard (*French’s)
4 T. vinegar (*red wine vinegar)
4 T. Worcestershire sauce (*French’s or Lee & Perrins)
3 tsp. chili powder

In large skillet, brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat. In any size crock pot, combine remaining ingredients. Stir in meat mixture. Cover and cook on Low 6-8 hrs. or on High 3-4 hrs.

Allow mixture to cool. Place silicone muffin tin on a cookie sheet. Spoon meat into each section of tin. Freeze just until meat is frozen in solid pieces. Pop out disks and place in freezer Ziploc bags. Of course, you can also just pour the entire mixture into a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag. I like the convenience of being able to pull out only the amount we need.

Serving Day:
Take out one or two disks per sandwich, depending on how much meat you like. Place in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until heated through. Serve on bun.


  1. This made a wonderful dinner tonight. It had a great flavor and we all enjoyed it very much. I liked the individual servings too.

  2. How clever was this to have it frozen in a muffin pan?! What an easy way to just make a few at a time! Kids ate all of theirs (with some prodding), grown-ups had seconds! Very tasty!

  3. We really like the convenience of these muffins. We love pulling out the left-overs for lunches.

  4. Who knew there was something yummier than good old manwich?! Thanks for a great recipe!!

  5. This was very delicious. We liked that we could pull out what we wanted to use. Awesome idea. Thanks for such great meal"s". Yes, we had leftovers.

  6. Our family enjoyed these. Loved the individual servings. (They were too sweet for me, but the boys sure liked them.)

  7. When doens't sloopy joes sound delicious? Great meal!! Thanks!

  8. Let me try that again...When doesn't sloppy joes sound delicious? Great meal Jackie! Thanks!!
    fyi:It's always good to laugh at yourself:> I do it often!!