The Best Sloppy Joes

The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make so delicious! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.

Sloppy Joes are the first meal we eat every year at the cabin up north.

Mom always makes a huge batch and freezes it for the drive (6 hours in to the middle of nowhere), and then we throw it on the stove and everyone chows down once we’ve unloaded.

The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make so delicious! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.

Sloppy Joes are great because they are just about the easiest thing around to make and you can feed a crowd (in our case, 10 adults and 6 children under 6 all crammed in to a log cabin).

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or a satisfying main dish for your next summer potluck, look no further!

Start by browning the meat with the onion, then drain well. If you’re using any beef leaner than 90%, you may not have to drain the meat at all.

While that’s cooking, whisk together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Technically you could just mix everything in the pot, but I like to get the sauce flavors blending ASAP.

That way, 20 minutes on the stove top is all it takes and these are done!

It’s always good to add cheese to your sandwich. Ideally you’d cut a “wonk” (AKA a giant thick slice) from a 5-pound block of Wisconsin cheddar, but American cheese (or anything else) works too.

The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make so delicious! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.

 

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The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make so delicious! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.
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The Best Sloppy Joes

The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make so delicious! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 343 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 Sandwich buns, split

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine beef and onion. Cook until the meat is mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. 

  3. Pour sauce ingredients over drained beef and stir until evenly coated. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in buns.

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