Sloppy Joes

August 21 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Recipes

Here’s the recipe for sloppy joes, the outcome, and my verdict:

FYI, you’ll need to defrost the meat overnight.  I still haven’t learned time frames in figuring out how long it takes certain meats to thaw and how to do it.  However, the ground meat I used was taken out of the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator for about 25.5 hours and it still had ice crystals in it.

This recipe takes about 1 hour to complete.

You will need:


  • Ground meat (I used 2.25 lbs)
  • 1.5 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder (2 clove minced garlic)
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Oregano


  • 16 oz of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 cup ketchup (I did one part BBQ & 3 part ketchup, but there’s other combos based on whatever floats your boat)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (you can use black or cayenne pepper, but I used black)

How to make it:

Brown the meat, adding seasoning.

While the meat is browning, put all the ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl and set aside.

Once meat is finished cooking, at the sauce and let simmer for 20 minutes.

You can also do this in the crock pot and let it cook on low for a few hours.  According to the website where I got the recipe you can let it cook on low for up to 10 hours.

My Verdict:

How’d I do? Not too sloppy 🙂

The sloppy joes weren’t that bad.  They were a little on the sweet side, but they weren’t as gross as they make themselves look.  I think I might try using BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup/catsup-BBQ combo.  I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ sauce, so I think that and the ketchup is what made it sweet.

On a slightly bitter-sweet note, my husband thought they were really, really good and has told me that I’m making the sloppy joes more often.  While I’m glad he really liked my cooking, I really would be okay if I never had to eat sloppy joes again.  ::sigh::  Well, I guess this will be another recipe to add to my slowly growing repertoire.

Something I learned?  Apparently, you can’t eat a sloppy joe like a hamburger because it makes the contents fall out from in-between the buns.  Since my husband noticed that I was failing at eating the sloppy joe, he decided to teach me how. Yes. I’m a loser. I didn’t know how to eat a sloppy joe.  However, I do now, so no more laughing 🙂

To sum everything up, sloppy joes aren’t that sloppy if you make them and eat them the right way.  I also officially learned how to eat a sloppy joe thanks to my husband who was the reason I made them in the first place 🙂


FYI:  According to (WikiAnswers) “The ‘Sloppy Joe’ gets its name from the restaurant where it was created, Sloppy Joe’s Bar, located in Key West Florida, not from the suggestion that is messy to eat.  How messy, or “sloppy” it is depends on the person eating it.”


Anyone have any other suggestions or recipes for making sloppy joes?  I’m still a newbie at this, so I appreciate feedback with ideas and suggestions to try for next time.

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