Easily The BEST Sloppy Joes You’ve Ever Had

17 Apr

No offense Manwich, but my stepdad’s sloppy joes blow your “robust” flavor out of the water.  I’ve received stellar feedback on this recipe from many roommates, friends, and Bryan.  One of my favorite things about it is how simple it is.  It is truly a “add to taste” concoction and you will have a happy tummy every time!

The Key Players in the BEST Sloppy Joes Ever








You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • A pound or so of lean ground beef or turkey
  • A small onion, chopped, or some abundant shakes of onion powder (I’m not typically an onion fan so onion powder for me)
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce (It’s the main liquid ingredient so be sure you have plenty.  I love Sweet Baby Ray’s.)
  • Ketchup
  • Worchestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Fresh minced garlic (at least 2-3 cloves.  I’m a garlic lover and I date an Italian. Need I say more?)
  • Several spices including: Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, cinnamon, and chile powder

Are you ready for the super simple directions?

  1.  Cook your lean ground meet in a large, nonstick skillet along with your onion or onion powder until no longer pink.
  2. Drain any excess liquid and add your favorite BBQ sauce.  Again, this is your main liquid ingredient so don’t be shy!  You want it to coat all of the meat in the pan adequately.  It should be around this much BBQ sauce:

3. After you have the ground beef or turkey completely coated in BBQ, you want to add about the amount of ketchup you would add onto a large burger as well as a few shakes of Worchestershire sauce and a few shots of hot sauce.  Give it a good stir.

4. Now for the spices.  Add your minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and chile powder.  Basically I shake each spice enough to cover the sauced up meat.  Add more of what you like as you go.  If this is your first time, start with a little of each spice and taste and add more as you go.

Here’s the scrumptious end result:

I love to put the concoction on some sliders and pair with corn of some sort.  This was a no fuss night where we did frozen corn and salad.  BONUS: Bryan got me lovely flowers that day.  Good boyfriend.

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