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What are Sloppy Joes?
Basically Sloppy Joes is a combination of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings that are simmered together creating a tasty mixture that is best served on a soft roll. Simplicity. Perfection. Happy eating.
Origin of Sloppy Joes
Cookbooks from the early 20th century have included recipes for sloppy Joes or similar dishes. They may have different names but similar ingredients. It has been suggested that the “loose meat sandwiches” that were sold in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930’s were where sloppy Joes got their start.
My grandmother’s cookbook titled, The New American Cook Book from the 1940’s has a similar recipe for Cuban Beef Stew that contains stewed tomatoes, onions, seasonings and chopped beef.
Who Joe is or how it got into the title is also a mystery. What isn’t a mystery is the popularity of sloppy Joes.
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How to make Sloppy Joes
Begin by chopping 1 onion.
Add the ground beef and onion to a large skillet.
Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, stirring to break up the beef.
When the beef is cooked through, drain off the fat.
Stir in a 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, and a 1/4 teaspoon allspice.
Pour in 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, and a 1/4 cup water. Stir to combine.
Bring almost to a boil then reduce the heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Serving the sloppy joes sandwiches
For each Sloppy Joes sandwich, spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto a soft bun.
Suggestions for great sides include Hazel’s Potato Salad, Coleslaw or our favorite Macaroni Salad.
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Sloppy Joes Sandwich Recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cook beef and onion in a large skillet set over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring almost to a boil; reduce heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each bun. Yield: 8 servings.
Serve on dinner rolls or buns. Click Classic Sandwich Buns for the recipe to make your own incredibly delicious rolls, easily, with the help of a bread machine.
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Just a little something from Judy says
Pictures as these bring back many happy memories for me. I grew up with these sandwiches, but must admit, they never looked so beautiful. I admire anyone who makes homemade rolls.
Thank you for posting these recipes. Sloppy Joe's aren't usually found in the UK but I did used to make them for my children when they were young and I am sure my grandchildren would like them so I have printed off your recipes
Both recipes look really tasty. 'Will have to try them 🙂
Tammy@T's Daily Treasures says
A few years ago, I had a vege sloppy joe recipe I used to make that was so good. Even the kids loved it and you wouldn't tell there was no meat. I can't find that recipe for the life of me. :/ Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy
Sloppy Joe's with homemade rolls makes something simple real special. These make me hungry just looking at them
I love sloppy joes but I've always made them the lazy way with manwhich…lol I think I should try it with your recipe next time
I love Sloppy Joes–they sound even better with the homemade sandwich buns!
Blackberry Lane says
The sandwiches look so good. For some reason when I was a kid, I referred to sloppy joes as "meaties." We all still refer to them as that!!!
We were talking about Sloppy Joe's just yesterday at BSF. Thanks for the recipe!
We haven't had Sloppy Joes for ages. We recently discovered Pulled Pork (thank you, all the cooking bloggers!) and love that treat!
Barbara F. says
Ultimate comfort food, messy is half the fun! And on homemade buns? Takes this to a whole other level of yumminess. xo
renée @ Singing With Birds says
You know we love sloppy joes. I made some recently and tried cutting back on the beef and adding cooked quinoa. It was a great addition and went over well with my hungry grand-kiddos. Thanks Lorraine!
I have always loved Sloppy Joes. Haven't had them for quite awhile. I'm fixing barbecued pulled pork on buns tonight. Similar, but not the same as Sloppy Joes. You made me think about making some soon.
Those sandwich buns look amazing! And your Sloppy Joes looks like a wonderful dinner!
Looks Yummy! I haven't made Sloppy Joes in a long time, thanks for the reminder! Would be good and easy for supper tonight!