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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

In Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Sandra Castillo simmers up a big batch of this tangy sandwich filling, then freezes the extras. "Just thaw and reheat it for a quick dinner. It's also good for larger gatherings," she writes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hamburger buns, split

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onions and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Italian seasoning, onion powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Serve about 1/2 cup meat mixture on each bun. Or cool and freeze in freezer containers for up to 3 months.
  • 3. To use frozen sloppy joes: Thaw in the refrigerator; place in a saucepan and heat though. Serve on buns. Yield: 12 servings (about 6 cups).

Reviews for Homemade Sloppy Joes

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"I had been looking for a sloppy joe recipe that would taste like what I grew up eating. This is it!!! Everyone has loved this recipe. The taste can vary depending on the BBQ sauce you choose. We used our family favorite so we knew were starting out with a taste profile we liked. The ability to change the BBQ sauce allows for wide and fun variations of this classic recipe. Also good to note, that it freezers very well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"This recipe turned out delicious and is definitely going on my "make again" list! I made half the recipe and it was perfect for two hungry adults with some leftover. But I did not have enough ketchup on hand so I substituted 8 oz. tomato sauce. The flavor was great--I didn't miss the ketchup at all--and that was the only substitution I made."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"This is really good I followed the recipe to the T and everyone loved it. I used Sweet and Spicy Chipotle BBQ sauce and it hit home with the kids and hubby."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"just my husband and I ,and we ENJOYthis type of cooking on the weekends,very good,i JUST PUT IN A LOT LESS SUGAR"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"We are used to a little more savory/tomato based sloppy joe. This was a little sweeter than we are used to and the cider vinegar was too strong. I'd try it again but use some diced tomatoes and cut way back on the vinegar. The seasonings were good and in general a good consistency after simmering for a while."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This is delicious. I made it for a large group of friends and it was all gone! Definitely a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"I made this for a party and all my friends loved it! I've never really liked sloppy joes, but this is delicious! I had an empty crock pot,they ate it all!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this recipe. I used 1 1/2 lb.beef & 1 1/2 lb. deer meat -very good. definitly a keeper. Thank you Sandra"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Just made this for a family gathering after I discovered I didn't have any canned "name brand" sloppy joe mix in my cabinet. Very easy to put together and everyone loved it. I used 3 pounds of burger but used everything else pretty much in the amount as listed on the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"My daycare kids loved this one!!! It is in my recipe box!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"It was very tasty. I used Honey BBQ sauce, (live in Honduras and it was all that it was the only kind available) and with the brown sugar is was a little to sweet, but it is on the make agian list."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"Might be one of the best sloppy joes recipe I've found yet. I did cut the sugar down a tad, but everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"It's a little sweet (and that's with cutting the sugar in half), but very tasty. A little zippier than the canned variety. I'll be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"Made this recipe buy instead of simmering I placed in crock pot on low for a few hours and served. Cooking for a large harvest crew and it was a big hit!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"I thought it was too sweet so I added some crushed tomatoes which helped"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I've been making this since it was published in 2001. Tonight only my husband was eating, so I reduced the ingredient amounts. He ate all of it-wonderful, no leftovers. He looks forward to the nights I make this. It's also good with ground turkey."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

"I have made this twice and each time it has come out wonderful. I enjoy trying new things and this is one I will continue to make. I did not realize these are ingredients I already have in my home."

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