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Sloppy Joes, Loose Meat Sandwiches for 100

Sloppy Joes for 100

This is very easy to make in an electric roaster (Nesco, etc). One recipe fills 1 roaster and serves about 9-10 dozen buns.
Can be made ahead, frozen in freezer baggies, thawed overnight in the refrigerator and reheated.

12 quarts, serves 100 regular eaters. Increase about 1/3 if serving teens only. This recipe fills one electric roaster.

non-stick cooking spray
22 pounds ground beef (may use 1/2 ground turkey)
4 large onions, chopped
4 large green peppers, chopped OR additional onions
4 cups chopped celery
OPTIONAL 1/4 to1/2 cup chili powder
OPTIONAL 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 to 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons black pepper
OPTIONAL1 1/2 cup cocoa powder PLUS 2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 cups ketchup OR barbecue sauce*
2 cans (12 oz each) tomato paste*
4 cans (15 oz each) tomato sauce*
6 to 8 cups water*
1 cup vinegar
1/4 to 2/3 cup worcestershire sauce
check salt before serving
To serve:
112 hamburger buns
CONDIMENTS pickles, mustard, ketchup, relish, barbecue sauce, tomato slices, onion slices, or other condiments and toppers

Cheeseburger variation:
Omit cocoa. 1 hour before serving, stir in:
6 pounds velveeta, cubed
1 1/2 cups milk
8-12 cloves garlic, crushed

*You can substitute 1 #10 can ketchup for all these products.

On top of the stove, start the onions in about 2 cups of water, cook until tender but not colored. Add and brown the beef, optional garlic, optional chili powder, peppers and celery in batches until all meat is browned.
Roaster: Set your electric roaster to 250 degrees, spray the liner with nonstick spray. Remove meat to the roaster with a slotted spoon to a roaster, leaving behind much of the grease. Add the sauce ingredients. Cover and simmer 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Turn down to 180 degrees to hold for serving.
Oven: Set oven to 300 degrees, cover pan tightly with lid or foil. Cook 2-3 hours, turn down to 180 degrees to hold for serving.
Serve on buns with condiments on the side (see the
sandwich event page for amounts of condiments).