Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

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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.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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


  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).
Originally published as Sloppy Joes in Quick Cooking September/October 2001 , p58

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[email protected] User ID: 1665956 256790
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"A favorite family stand by for years!"

[email protected] User ID: 2044675 245924
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"When I was growing up I hated sloppy joes, too dang "tomatoee"! This is the only one I will make because of that. I agree with mamaknowsbest. If you have a favorite BBQ sauce that's what makes the difference to me since I like the more smokey flavor. You can always adjust the vinegar and sugar flavor up and down to suit tastes."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 92022
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."

DJ2Fan User ID: 6713910 36681
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."

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 90242
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."

Sugie42 User ID: 7119252 36677
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"

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 38120
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."

cookinama User ID: 5947968 31532
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

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

cookinama User ID: 5947968 90241
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!"

pastagrammie User ID: 5636060 36675
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"

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