2In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.
Meanwhile, in a 3- ½- or 4-quart slow cooker combine vegetable juice, ketchup, water, sugar substitute, jalapeno peppers (if desired), mustard, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Spoon meat mixture onto bun halves. If desired, sprinkle with cheese and serve with sweet pepper strips.
Tip: You can substitute lean ground turkey (at least 93 percent lean, or 93/7) in place of ground beef.
Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.