Sloppy Joes

We *LOVE* Sloppy Joes! This simple sandwich is a must on my meal menu every two weeks. Just like pizza, sloppy joes has a day of the week ~ Saturday. Secretly... I used to hate sloppy joes. The reason was because I used the canned sauce. Every time I think about the metallic taste the sauce had, I shiver. Seriously, the sauce and meat ratio did not work for me. Too much runny sauce and not enough meat caused me to throw out ⅓ of the can. What a waste!

I remember the first time, I made homemade sloppy joes. I was on cloud nine! I could not believe how we had missed out on something so yummy. From that moment on, I have not looked at sloppy joes with disdain.

The wonderful thing about making your own sloppy joes, you probably have all the ingredients on hand and you can adjust the sauciness to your liking.

*Two pounds of meat is more than most recipes call for, but I have a growing teenage boy who loves sloppy joes, so if I want to enjoy a couple myself, then I need more meat in the pan.

If you have extra meat and no hamburger buns, why not make Sloppy Hogs and use hot dog buns.  Get it ~  Sloppy Hogs, hot dog buns?  Yeah, believe me they are just as tasty!

I make these with my own homemade brown sugar and you can tell a huge difference in the flavor.  If you make your own ketchup this would be even more super yummy. I've tried making these with my ketchup recipe and liked them even more.  I am working on the exact amounts of ingredients  and hopefully once I get the recipe to where I can share it, I will be posting about making your own ketchup in the future.

Sloppy Joes

  • 2 pounds ground meat

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2-3 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard

  • 3/4- 1 cup ketchup

  • 1-2 Tablespoons brown sugar

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • buns


In a skillet over medium heat, cook meat, onion and bell pepper until meat is done. Drain any grease. Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, salt and pepper and mix well. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve on buns.