Sloppy Joes! Flavorful. Fabulous.

Sloppy Joes! Flavorful. Fabulous.
Sometimes do you feel like just being sloppy?
You know the kind of sloppy I’m talking about. 
Leaving your clothes on the floor for a day or two (or ten).
Ignoring the pile of the dishes while you read a book.
Eating a big fat chocolate chip cookie instead of going to the gym.
You feel like this kind of sloppy…
Me too.
I just don’t want to keep everything neat and tidy, prim and proper, full of vegetables, and perfectly organized.
PERFECTLY organized is overrated!
Sometimes I just want to take a break! 
Ease on down a bit, if you catch my drift.
And then, after I’ve been sloppy for a spell….
Keeping things neat and tidy, prim and proper, full of vegetables, and SOMEWHAT organized…
PERFECTLY is something I will never obtain!
…doesn’t seem like such a burden.
Fresh energy, I guess.
I suppose that means being a bit sloppy
is good for a gal.
I think you are going to love these Sloppy Joes!
The stars have all aligned, and I finally have a Sloppy Joe recipe I would make over and over again. 
Hot diggidy dog.
It only took 3 tries…and 5 choice words. You know. Words like…”aw heck” and “darn”.These Sloppies are flavorful, 
a bit tangy, 
just a bit sweet and down right scrumptious. 
Hope you love them! 

Sloppy Joes
Time: 30 minutes to chop and cook + 1 hour to simmer
Yield: 10 sandwiches
Recipe created by Jamie Cooks It Up! 
1 onion
1 green pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 T olive oil
Salt and Pepper
3 pounds ground beef
1 T Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 C ketchup
1 1/2 C Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
3 T apple cider vinegar
1 t Worcestershire 
1 t liquid smoke
3 T brown sugar
1/2 t chili powder
1 T water
1. Chop those veggies right on up.
2. Heat up a large skillet and add 1 T olive oil. Add your veggies and cover with the lid letting a bit of steam escape. Just put your lid on at an angle, folks. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until the veggies are soft.
3. Add your ground beef and 1 T Montreal Steak Seasoning. Grind a bit of salt and pepper over the top. Chop your beef all up with a spatula and let it brown.
4. Once your meat is browned add all the other ingredients to the pan. Stir them around to get it all mixed together. Let the hearty, beefy, slightly tangy, somewhat sweet and super flavorful mixture simmer on medium low for 1 hour. Those juices need time to get to know each other! 
5. Serve on rolls or hamburger buns.
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas.
Here’s to being Sloppy

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  1. 1
    Jamie N
    September 8, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Yum-E! This recipe is pretty close to the one I make but I am still going to try this version for sure. One thing my family likes is if I lightly butter and toast the buns in the oven for a few minutes before serving the Sloppy Joes. Makes them a little yummier when they are warm like that!

  2. 2
    September 8, 2010 at 5:22 am

    …you had me at “Sweet Baby Ray's”…

  3. 3
    September 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    You're a girl after my own heart! Perfect is highly overrated. I am happy with almost, my standards went way downhill about 17 years and 4 kids ago. Thanks for the yummy sloppy joe recipe. It will be on next weeks menu for sure!

  4. 4
    September 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I love your blog! You are my go-to girl for just about any recipe. I really respect your opinion about anything in the kitchen. So, I have a cooking, non-recipe question for you: What is your opinion on kitchen mixers? Have you used a Bosch and/or Kitchen Aid Mixer? I am currently choosing between those two. Are there any better options out there other than Bosch and Kitchen Aid? Feel free to email a response to Thanks! -sarah

  5. 5
    September 8, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for your kind words. I'm so glad these recipes are meeting with your approval. I do have some advice about Kitchen Aids and Bosch Mixers. I have both but use my kitchen aid 80% of the time. The only time I get my Bosch out is when I am making large batches of bread. My wheat bread, white bread and most of the time for my french bread since I usually double or quadruple the recipe. The Kitchen Aid isn't quite big enough for these recipes. However a friend of mine has used her Kitchen Aid for them, and just cuts the recipe in half. So…what this means is. I would choose depending on the size of your family. If you plan to make 5 loaves of bread every week, I'd get the Bosch. That said, I couldn't live without my Kitchen Aid. I use it almost every day. Hope this helps. They are both very good quality. I don't know of any other company that makes products as good.
    Have a good night!

  6. 6
    September 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I made these last night for dinner – can I just say, they were a SUCCESS! My husband is very picky and usually is not a fan of my sloppy joes. He ate THREE of these babies! He also NEVER eats leftovers, but said he can't wait to have these for dinner tonight : ) I have tried quite a few of your recipes and haven't been disspaointed once! Thanks!!!


  7. 7
    September 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I made these last night for dinner – can I just say, they were a SUCCESS! My husband is very picky and usually is not a fan of my sloppy joes. He ate THREE of these babies! He also NEVER eats leftovers, but said he can't wait to have these for dinner tonight : ) I have tried quite a few of your recipes and haven't been disspaointed once! Thanks!!!


  8. 8
    September 10, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Made these for dinner tonight and they were not only delicious, but also a huge hit with the harshest of critics who live in my midst! I remember my mom making Sloppy Joes from scratch when I was growing up, so these brought back comforting memories of home.

    Ann Marie

  9. 9
    September 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I made these last weekend. They were great! My kids don't like sloppy joes but they said I had to make these again. So did their friends. No more sauce out of a can for me.


  10. 10
    September 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Two thumbs up! We had them on Sunday and my 8 year old said that he loves every Jamie Cooks It Up recipe. My kids and husband love that I follow your blog.

    Anyway, the sloppy joes were great. I never liked them as a kid, so I haven't ever made them before, but these were delicious. Especially paired with the potatoes.

  11. 11
    October 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I made these too, for everyone to eat while we were moving my sister. They were loved by all!!! Some of the guys had 3 or 4 of them. I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle, for a different kick. Will make again!

  12. 12
    October 22, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I made this tonight with your fluffy rolls. Both are DIVINE!!!!!! Thank you so much. FYI – I used ground turkey instead of beef and it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your great recipes.

  13. 13
    July 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    We just had this tonight with oven fries and a salad. It was deemed “the best sloppy joe” of any we'd made. I followed the recipe almost to the letter (though I only did 1/3 of the recipe). We added a little extra ketchup and BBQ sauce, we subbed extra Worcestershire sauce for the liquid smoke and used a little extra chili powder. It came out great and I'm currently living proof as to why they are called “sloppy” joes.

  14. 14
    July 7, 2011 at 4:12 am

    So glad they turned out well for you! Thanks for letting me know! Have a great night!

  15. 15
    May 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This looks delicious. Love the fact that it is spicy along with sweet. I love a spicy sloppy joe. Now if only I could get my S.O. to like it too. LOL!!! Gonna try this recipe the next time that I make sloppy joes.

    Thanks for posting such yummy eats!

  16. 16
    April 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Could you simmer it on low in a crock pot instead? We have some busy nights coming up and gees would be great if I could cook ahead and then throw in crock pot in afternoon and let them warm up. Think that would work?

    • 17
      April 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

      You bet, letting it simmer on low in the crock pot would be great. Best of luck to you!

  17. 18
    May 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Do you drain the fat off of the meat once it’s fried?

  18. 19
    September 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I had to come up with a simple sloppy joe recipe that wasn’t sweet and with no green peppers. My daughter in law didn’t like sloppy joes until she tried this recipe.

    In skillet brown on medium high heat….
    1 lb. ground beef
    1 onion, chopped

    Add 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce, 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce. Stir all, turn heat to lowest, simmer until onions are tender (about 20+ minutes), stir occasionally to help thicken sauce.

  19. 20
    October 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This was really good. My kids said it was a keeper!

  20. 21
    February 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I live north of the Boarder and cannot find ” Bobby Rae” would their be a substitute in the Canadian market want to try this recipe. Thanks

  21. 22
    April 27, 2015 at 6:34 am

    sounds awesome, can’t wait to give it a try. What BBQ sauce can I use instead??? I can’t get Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce in Canada. Thanks

    • 23
      April 27, 2015 at 7:38 am

      I’m not sure what they have available in Canada, any BBQ sauce that you have tried in the past and enjoyed would work out fine. Best of luck to you!

  22. 24
    January 6, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I’ve been using this recipe and it is a crowd favorite! Super yummy .

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