Franklin Park PTA School Cafeteria Sloppy Joes

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Recipe: #41304

July 27, 2023

Categories: Sandwiches

"This classic “Sloppy Joe” has been served in Franklin Park, IL, schools on PTA School Barbecue Day since the 1950s. This feeds a crowd, cut down or store in freezer for later. The cornstarch makes a very thick sandwich. Use Open Pit BBQ sauce. Serve with chips, chocolate snack cake and a carton of milk."

Original is 32 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (269 g)
  • Calories 483.3
  • Total Fat - 24.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 146.6 mg
  • Sodium - 2380.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g
  • Sugars - 6.7 g
  • Protein - 47.6 g
  • Calcium - 24.7 mg
  • Iron - 3.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix together cornstarch with 1 cup tomato juice.

Step 2

Stir barbecue sauce with remaining 1 cup of tomato juice and tomato paste.

Step 3

Sprinkle salt in bottom of very large skillet to keep beef from sticking to pan.

Step 4

Brown meat over medium high heat, in batches, until all is browned.

Step 5

Drain liquid.

Step 6

Skim off fat from liquid and discard.

Step 7

Return meat juices to pan with the beef.

Step 8

Stir in cornstarch/tomato juice mixture and keep stirring until thickened.

Step 9

Pour in barbecue tomato mixture.

Step 10

Add onion and garlic powder to taste.

Step 11

Add brown sugar and simmer five minutes.

Step 12

Portion onto hamburger buns.

Step 13

Wrap filled sandwiches in wax paper and pack into clean pan.

Step 14

Keep warm in very low oven until ready to serve.

Step 15

Serve with chips, fresh fruit, chocolate snack cake and milk.


No special items needed.

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