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Bulgur Barbecue

Rated as 4.2 out of 5 Stars

"From Sherwood, Oregon, Jackie Bankenship shares her secret to stretching ground beef into saucy and satisfying sloppy joes. She adds bulgur to her tangy barbecue sandwiches for a healthy measure of fiber."
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1 h 10 m servings
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Stir in bulgur. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Drain and squeeze dry; set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining water. Stir in reserved bulgur.
  3. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until heated through. Serve on buns.


  • Look for bulgur in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle of your grocery store.
  • Nutritional Analysis: One sandwich equals 289 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 521 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.


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My whole family really liked this recipe, even my daughter who doesn't care for "sloppy joe" type dishes. I followed the recipe but did add a little smoked paprika,Worcestershire sauce and garli...

wonderful disguise for healthy bulgur!

I wanted to try this to look for a healthier version, of sloppy joe but we were disappointed, this was just too sweet. I will make again but try and modify it, so it's not so sweet.

Great stretch for ground beef! I used about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar because another reviewer said it was too sweet. Nobody even mentioned the difference. I would add some chopped pepper to ...

This has a little different texture from "regular" bbq but my husband didn't seem to notice. He was surprised when I told him there's bulgur in it! Quite tasty. After reading the other reviews ...