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Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joe's

Date Set.

Invitations sent.

Side dishes prepared.

Best quality ground beef in the fridg readied for burgers on the grill.

Bags of hamburger rolls on the counter.

And on the day of your barbecue, it doesn’t just rain, it storms.

What to do? Make the best of it. You’ve got the ingredients. Throw a Sloppy Joe Party!

The generational All American favorite, Sloppy Joe’s pare well with all of your barbecue side dishes and provide a creative way to transition your ready purchased ingredients and simply move the gathering indoors.

Relax and Enjoy!

Sloppy Joe’s

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Category: Sanwiches, Meat

Yield: 10

Sloppy Joe's


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 long red hot pepper, seeds and pith removed, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 3-5 shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • couple shakes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 good pinches coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste at finish
  • few or more pepper-mill grinds cracked black pepper
  • 8 soft round Potato Rolls (I use Martin's) or soft hamburger rolls


  1. On medium heat cook ground beef in a large sized skillet.
  2. Tumble in the onions, garlic, red pepper, cook until just softened around 3 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low, stir in the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire, Tabasco, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer mixture around twenty minutes until flavors have blended well together with a tangy hint.
  5. Taste and check seasoning adding a pinch or more salt according to your preference.
  6. Spoon mixture onto rolls and serve hot straight away.


This recipe yields around 10 Sloppy Joe's if using smaller sized soft rolls. Any leftover Sloppy Joe mixture freezes well. Keep warm in a slow cooker if serving as an alternative to an outdoor barbecue.



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  1. Posted June 9, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Sloppy joe’s are delicious! I never considered making them from scratch, but it’s certainly better to know what’s in them. Thanks for the recipe, Peggy.
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    • Posted June 9, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Kelly! Thanks much, I love Sloppy Joe’s too! So easy to prepare, and truly, with all the rain we’ve been experiencing, an excellent way to use up the ground beef if the bbq gets rained out.

    Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    For some reason I thought I commented on this delicious post before but who cares, here we go again. In Iowa we called these Maidrites. And, I LOVED Maidrites. At our school hot lunch we could have a second maidrite for a dime. There is no reason on earth that I can’t have a “return to my youth” moment and make these again. Plus, it certainly is easy to freeze the leftovers (if there are any). Thanks for the reminder.

    • Posted June 17, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      So strange Mary, I could swear I remember that too but I cannot find it in the search! So odd. Did we email? or was it on your blog? Anyway, Thanks so much for sharing this particular story and I too love the Maidrites- Sloppy Joe’s!

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