Easy BBQ Spaghetti Recipe will become a family favorite. Ground beef with a homemade BBQ sauce and spooned on a bed of cooked spaghetti is heaven on a plate.
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This recipe is famous in the South. The original recipe came from Pat and Gina Neely. The only changes I made were that I reduced the sugar – there was also white sugar in the recipe, and I used ground beef instead of cooked pork.
- The first thing you’ll will want to do is to make the BBQ sauce. It takes 1 hour and 15 minutes of simmering to give you the flavor you crave.
- Next, you’ll cook the ground beef and break it into small pieces.
- Start cooking your spaghetti in a large pot.
- Then you cook the peppers, onions, and garlic together. Add the BBQ sauce and cooked ground beef.
- Drain your pasta, and nestle some BBQ beef in the center of a pile of pasta. Top with parmesan cheese or chopped parsley.
This recipe is great for a backyard barbecue or potluck. Your family and friends will love it!
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Here’s How to Make BBQ Spaghetti Recipe
Ingredients for BBQ Spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small chopped green pepper
1/2 finely chopped yellow onion
1 garlic clove minced
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 pound ground beef, cooked and broken into small pieces
1 pound spaghetti
2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
How to Make the BBQ Sauce
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients listed for the BBQ sauce. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer.
Cook uncovered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring frequently. You can also make this barbecue sauce in a slow cooker on low for 6 hours.
Directions for Making BBQ Spaghetti Recipe
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, green bell pepper, and garlic clove until softened (about 1-2 minutes). Add garlic salt and mix.
Add the cooked BBQ sauce to the large skillet with the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer. Fold in the barbecue sauce into cooked ground beef.
Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water and bring it to a boil. Follow the package directions. Cook the spaghetti noodles until al dente and drain.
Toss the cooked pasta with BBQ meat sauce and serve on a large serving platter with some crusty bread. You could also place pasta on each plate and pour sauce on top.
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This easy BBQ Spaghetti recipe will become a family favorite. Ground beef mixed with a homemade BBQ sauce is heaven on earth on a plate.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small chopped green pepper
- 1/2 finely chopped yellow onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1 pound ground beef, cooked and broken into small pieces
- 1 pound spaghetti
- BBQ Sauce Ingredients
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- How to Make BBQ Sauce - In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients listed for BBQ sauce. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Then reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
- For the BBQ Spaghetti - In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onion, pepper, and garlic clove until softened (1-2 minutes). Add garlic salt and mix together.
- Add the cooked BBQ sauce to the large skillet with the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer. Fold in the cooked ground beef and heat through.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Season with salt and follow the instructions for cooking the spaghetti on the package. Cook the spaghetti until al dente and drain.
- Toss spaghetti with BBQ sauce and serve with some crusty bread.
Tips for Making Barbecue Spaghetti
- You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for ground beef.
- Serve side dishes like salad or garlic bread for a complete meal.
- Garnish the BBQ Spaghetti with fresh parsley, chopped green onions, or red pepper flakes.
- You can season with freshly ground black pepper and Kosher salt if desired.
- Leftover pulled pork can replace ground beef.
- You can double the recipe for the sauce to have additional bbq sauce on hand to make a fast dinner.
How long does BBQ Spaghetti last in refrigerator?
Barbecue spaghetti lasts 3 to 4 days when properly stored in the fridge.
Can you freeze Barbecue Spaghetti?
Yes, you can. It will last four to six months when stored in a freezer bag or airtight container.
What to Serve with Barbecue Spaghetti
You can serve a side salad and garlic cheese bread to make the most delicious dinner.
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Tuesday 13th of December 2022
Out of ketchup just don't use often only about 1/2 cup left can I use baby rays sauce
Tuesday 13th of December 2022
Hi Sam! It will give the sauce a different flavor, but I bet it would be good! Kelly