Sloppy Joes for a Crowd 

Recipe for a 4 inch deep hotel pan of sloppy joes! Use or freeze. *This recipe is 10 lb ground beef to 1 #10 can tomatoes. Spaghetti is 1 lb ground beef to 1 #10 can tomatoes.

Notes for a crowd:
5 servings/lb need 40 lb for 200 people
Need to roast in 4 hotel pans.

Here's what actually happened when I tried to make that much:
All 40 lb fit into two deep hotel pans to roast without anything else added. I put the BBQ spices with that. Then I added the peppers and onions to a small amt of meat and all the juice. I roasted this for awhile until the peppers and onions had released their liquid. I salted each vegetable addition. Then I scooped off the leftover liquid and reduced it on the stovetop. That way the meat and peppers didn't overcook. I added 8 little cans of tomato paste. I reduced in another pan in the oven 2 #10 cans of tomatoes until it was very thick. Then it was not quite saucy enough so I dumped in some ketchup. This made it too sweet so I gave it a sprinkle of cayenne pepperI will stir in the fresh pressed garlic at the end.
In 4 inch deep hotel pan combine:
10 lb ground beef
lots of onions, 5-10 of them!
2 c BBQ dry rub (recipe in dinner section)
Roast about 30 minutes at convection 500*.

As the beef just loses its pink color break apart and add:
1 #10 can whole tomatoes in juice
Roast again 30 min to 1 hour.
Use potato masher to break up and roast until liquid is reduced. Could be quite awhile!

Add: salt or molasses or cayenne pepper to taste

Add:
diced peppers and continue to roast

Lower oven to roast 400* or roast 350* to maintain a steady boil without burning or overcooking, until juices are reduced.

Add:
tomato paste to thicken
adjust spices

Let rest for about 15 min to 30 min to allow the meat to reabsorb the juices.

Total roasting time is about 4 hours.

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