Barbecue Macaroni

"My mom new how to feed a crowd on a budget and this is one of her stand by recipes. I make it as a main dish but have also made it for covered dish dinners and as a side dish when we had cookouts. My family likes the traditional style barbecue sauce but I have tried many of the other flavored sauces and it is also good."
photo by Kathy Sterling photo by Kathy Sterling
photo by Kathy Sterling
Ready In:
12 cups




  • Brown ground beef and drain off any excess fat.
  • Add barbecue sauce, stirring well.
  • Mix in water, stirring well.
  • Bring to a slow simmer.
  • Stir in Elbow macaroni.
  • Simmer on low, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes to prevent sticking.
  • Cook until macaroni is tender, about 20 minutes.

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