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Grammie’s Make-ahead Barbecue Sandwiches


Grammie’s Make-ahead Barbecue Sandwiches are an easy, kid-approved meal that’s even better the next day.  Easy to freeze, and it comes together in no time. This post contains affiliate links.

Hey, friends!  I’ve got an easy weeknight recipe to add to your rotation.  And this is the epitome of easy — some of the ingredients are measured in squirts and shakes, so really no way to go wrong here!  Also it’s a heirloom recipe: three generations and counting of providing an easy, kid-approved dinner.

My children want me to serve them a full dinner about 30 seconds after we hit the door, so I make a lot of our dinners the night before and just pop them in the microwave.  I’ve found a lot of recipes are workable when made ahead — maybe not as wowza as they would be in the moment — but they get the job done.  But this recipe is better the next day.  So make ahead moms rejoice!  

Barbecue Sandwiches: a few squirts and shakes and dinner is done …

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Start with 2 lbs. of ground beef along with brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, a can of tomato soup and diced/grated/chopped onion ~ whatever onion you’ve got will work on this one.  I usually dice an onion or two at once and then just freeze them in portions so they’re ready to go when I am.  First, brown up your ground beef and onion and give it a drain …

Grammie’s Make-ahead Barbecue via Spoonful of a Easy

Next add in your brown sugar, can of soup, squirts of mustard and shakes of worcestershire.  No special layering or anything, just toss ‘em in.

Grammie’s Make-ahead Barbecue via Spoonful of a Easy

Mix it all up and let it bubble until it’s the thickness you want — for me this was 10 minutes.  Easy, peasy, done!  Serve it now or save it for tomorrow ~ totally up to you!  I had it both ways, and I will say that is was better the next day– the flavors meld together a little more.  Which I actually appreciate because it’s hard sometimes serving something that’s fab right out of the oven, but just meh once it’s nuked in the microwave.  Maybe this will stop my son from saying, “I don’t know what that is but I know I don’t like it.”  Fingers crossed, hehe.

Grammie’s Make-ahead Barbecue via Spoonful of a Easy

This recipe makes more than we can eat in a meal or two, so I popped half in the freezer for a quick meal down the road.  If your family is a little bigger and you need to stretch the ground beef, add in a cup or two of cooked rice or quinoa at the end as an easy and cheap way to stretch your meat a little farther.  Need a few more easy dinners?  Be sure to try Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie  or Crockpot Beer Brats and 3-ingredient Crockpot Sausage Dinner.

How did this recipe work for you?  Tell me in the comments!

Grammie's Make-ahead Barbecue
An easy make-ahead meal for even the pickiest eaters.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 2 lbs. ground beef
  2. 1 cup of brown sugar
  3. 1 can tomato soup
  4. Mustard
  5. Worcestershire
  6. Grated onion
  1. Brown your ground beef and drain off the fat
  2. Pour in 1 cup of brown sugar, grated onion, and a few shakes each of mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Let it bubble and simmer until thick (about 10 minutes)
  1. You can serve this immediately, or it's even better the next day, so feel free to make it up ahead of time.
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