My Favorite Sloppy Joes
This is my go-to sloppy joe recipe. Liquid smoke is the key ingredient here.
This is my go-to sloppy joe recipe. Liquid smoke is the key ingredient here.
Made this last night. I did use fresh onion and garlic and added a dash of chili powder. Rave reviews from husband and son. Not sure if it was the liquid smoke, broth or what, but these are the best sloppy joes, ever. Thanks for sharingRead More
Smoky, barbecuey, not too tomatoey or spicy. This had a strong tasste of the Dijon and had some bite back, but overall it was a decent reipe and I enjoyed my meal. I used mesquite smoke flavor. It sounded like a whole tablespoon of liquid smoke was a lot, but it turned out fine and I am glad I went ahead and used the full amount. My husband did not finish his but ate enough to be polite. This wasn't a favorite recipe but it was alright and I would try it again.Read More
Made this last night. I did use fresh onion and garlic and added a dash of chili powder. Rave reviews from husband and son. Not sure if it was the liquid smoke, broth or what, but these are the best sloppy joes, ever. Thanks for sharing
Finally, Sloppy Joes that are as easy to make as they are to eat! I admit I was skeptical, but it was a long day and I really didn't want to do all my usual prep work for Sloppy Joes. Alissa to the rescue! I made this exactly as written, and OMG, it was good. I admit to liberal sampling while I waited for the liquid to simmer down. I wouldn't change a thing, except perhaps adding some diced peppers next time. But really, that would just be showing off. The recipe was a hit as written, and in about an hour from now I'll clean the kitchen by licking the leftovers from the skillet!
This is definitely a keeper!I didnt have liquid smoke so I used garlic bbq sauce and didnt have spicy brown mustard so I used ground mustard and regular mustard and turned out awesome...Loved it!!!
This was awesome. I uses real onion instead of dried onion.
This is one of the best sloppy joe recipes going!! Tried it "as is" the first go around and did make a couple small modifications. I used real onion instead of dried, omitted 1 tbsp. of brown sugar and added 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper. The smoke flavor I use is Hickory which I think is the real key to the best flavor! Served with hamburger buns, mozza cheese and/or pickled jalapeno peppers.
Made this last night for hubby and he really loved it. I cut the sugar by one tablespoon and ended up having to delay dinner so I doubled the broth and just left it to barely simmer for nearly two hours, stirring occasionally. I don't eat meat but even I thought it smelled fantastic and he could not have been happier. This will be my go-to sloppy Joe from now on as well--many thanks for sharing, Alissa!
Smoky, barbecuey, not too tomatoey or spicy. This had a strong tasste of the Dijon and had some bite back, but overall it was a decent reipe and I enjoyed my meal. I used mesquite smoke flavor. It sounded like a whole tablespoon of liquid smoke was a lot, but it turned out fine and I am glad I went ahead and used the full amount. My husband did not finish his but ate enough to be polite. This wasn't a favorite recipe but it was alright and I would try it again.
Just finished making it, got a taste of it and yum! great recipe. I did use fresh onions and garlic as I didn't have the dried one. and added vegetable stock instead as well. It's all I had. very please and will def make again. thanks a bunches!
These are delicious! Normally, I would be inclined to use fresh onion and garlic, but this was one of those nights I just wanted something as simple as possible. I really don't know that I will go for fresh when I make these again- they are pretty darn tasty the way the recipe is written! It could not have been easier to throw these together, and they are a real family pleaser. I'll bet they would be great for a football party too! Thanks for sharing, Alissa- these will be going in my rotation :)
Very good. I used fresh onion instead of dried, and added a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
Very different from any other sloppy Joe I've ever had. I would say it's more of a barbecue beef sandwich. I served it with a poppyseed bun, cheese and fried onions and it was delicious!
A tasty and easy sloppy joe. Nice to be able to use pantry ingredients to put together a meal the family can enjoy, without the canned sauce or any hassle. Thanks for the recipe.
Wonderful Sloppy Joes! I used fresh garlic but that was the only change I made. My husband's only suggestion was to use more meat next time. We just served it with carrots and ranch dressing.
this is one of the best i have ever had. kids likes it to and they dont even like sloppy joes
Sloppy Joe's were the request for the day. I use MorningStar crumbles as we're meat free. The liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce are great additions. I always use fresh chopped onions sauteed first, and a clove or two of garlic. Also, I 86'd the beef broth and exchanged it with water. This was pretty good, but I like less ketchup and sugar, and more tomato paste.
Made this last night and it was so easy. Followed the ingredients exactly but ended up adding an extra half pound of browned hamburger because there was so much sauce. Made all the sauce in a bowl including broth before adding to meat. Worked out fine. Think I will add some diced green peppers next time while browning my meat. I've never made sloppy joes from scratch before but from now on, it's the only way we'll eat them. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
This was really good! Way better than the canned ! Hubby loved it and it smelled great cooking. Next time I will use a tablespoon less of brown sugar, just personal taste.. thanks for a great recipe Alissa!
Made this minus the sugar and beef broth (used ground turkey and water). Made a very tasty "grown up" sloppy joe.
i changed the liquid amount by starting out with a quarter cup of both the beef broth and ketchup.....and added a drop of each when needed.
This was an excellent recipe and will make it again. I used 1 Tbs of brown sugar as the only change in the recipe as written. Thank you and keep Cooking!
Great sloppy joes. I didn't have spicy mustard. There in some sczetchuan spice, little extra smoke and worstershire. Definitely a keeper. Tks!
Very good, it put a new taste to sloppy joes, even better the next day.
AWESOME! MY HUSBAND AND HIS FRIEND LOVED THIS! THANK YOU!
I love this recipe! Thank you so much! The only change I made was to cut back on the brown sugar, only because we didn't want it quite as sweet. You can always add more, but start out with less so you can adjust it to your family's taste.
I'm not a real sloppy joe fan...I make it for Hubby because he likes it. When I found the recipe, and was reading through the ingredients and instructions, my first thought was...Beef broth? Seriously? Liquid smoke? I wasn't so sure, but decided to try it. Result? This is the BEST sloppy joe I have ever had! No overly 'tomatoey' taste. Hubby and I agreed we'll omit the salt the next time (he's on a low salt diet, and it tasted too salty to him) and we'll reduce the brown sugar by about a tablespoon. But we won't be changing anything else.
Also, for those contemplating giving this recipe a try...you MUST cook the mixture AT LEAST thirty minutes. It thickens up beautifully, and the cooking time gives all those flavors time to coalesce.
Thank you. Alissa for this incredible recipe!
Made for dinner for my husband last night. I liked it, but what's even better is that he did too. Yum!
Absolutely the best sloppy joe recipe ever! I cut back on the brown sugar by half, I don't like them too sweet.
made exactly. Vinegary taste and not much else. Soupy.
I have made these several times now. I have made them exactly as recommended twice and experimented with using Horseradish Mustard (for some extra zip) and I also tried adding a 1/4 cup of dehydrated Bell Pepper (Red & Green) -- that seemed to be what made it perfection!!
Liquid Smoke, where have you been all my life? I made 5 times the normal amount of this recipe, so it also answered the age-old question of what to do with my honking container of Costco dried onions. Really good as is. I added sauteed onion and bell pepper, so there was something fresh in it. Also some chili powder. I'm sure that it would be just great without any alterations.
Sorry didn't care for these at all. I cut back on the Worcestershire, liquid smoke and mustard but still that's I could taste. So Sorry.
The hubs loves sloppy joes and I'm not a huge fan, but I had some ground beef I needed to cook up so I went with this recipe. I halved it and used Dijon instead of spicy mustard and cooked for about 10-15 minutes instead of the recommended 30. This was so fresh and tasty over the canned version. I'll continue to use this recipe as I always have these ingredients on hand anyway. I will never go back to the canned version! Thanks for sharing your simple and yummy recipe!
No changes made, loved it as is!
This is in our dinner rotation. Very yummy!
This was a really easy recipe to make and the taste was wonderful! I think this will be my go-to recipe for sloppy joes from now on!
Geez Louise!!! I usually think of recipes as 'suggestions' but NOT this one! My only improv was still ok, as 'to taste' was in the text. This is PERFECT as written. Cooking it down the 25-30 minutes makes a big difference in texture & taste. I've tweaked it other times, but very happy I kept it real this time... the absence of leftovers is bittersweet. Like I said, PERFECT! Thanks, Alissa!
This has been my go-to sloppy joes recipe for years. Always a hit.
I was skeptical about making something with catsup, but this was quite good with exact recipe. I added a bit more brown sugar and thought something was still missing, so minced up a jar of roasted red peppers--made a big difference. Then I added a pinch of ground Chile pepper to spice it up a bit. Perfect!
Made it with ground turkey. Love the flavor. Would make again!
Outstanding! Easy to make and totally delicious! I had concentrated liquid smoke so only added 1/2 teaspoon. I had to make these earlier in the day and put in the slow cooker. I didn't add the 1 cup beef broth since I thought the cooker would make them too runny. Good call. Left on low for about 5 hours and they were just right. No more canned 'Joes for my family, I'll make these instead. Thanks for sharing.
Too much smoke flavour if you are making it for kids. I didn't mind it too much. I only put 2 tbsp of sugar in as well. It was definitely sweet enough with this. Otherwise it was ok. Not making it's way into my favourites quite yet.
The only time I've made sloppy joes from scratch. It tastes much better than a packet meal. I will cut the brown sugar down a 1/4 next time. A little sweet.
well ,i sub fresh ing. for the 6 tbls of chunky salsa . only used one tbls of liquid smk. (it was not noticeable ,so next time i will use two tbls .) doubled everything else . oh and i had to use plain water . plus i didnt have wor. sauce . used this for coney dogs ! Also used leftover meat in some leftover pesto pasta! yummy ! looking forward to when i have actual ing. Thank so much ! will make again
I used 1/3rd the liquid smoke. Also, I used about half oof the beef broth called for.
***** Just made this and my husband nodded his head that it is good!*****
I made these last night and they were great everyone loved them, including my husband who usually does not like sloppy joes. I will definitely save this recipe and use it again.
The best I've ever tasted! (I used organic meat and ingredients wherever I could.) I did cut the sugar by 1/2 because I ran out, and will use the same amount next time. I added hot pepper seeds and a quick squirt of homemade BBQ sauce at the end of the simmering time, just to make it 'mine' :-). Topped them with homemade bread 'n butter pickles, also from this site. The best part? No more canned junk! Thanks!
This is my family's favorite for sloppy joes. Perfect flavor and easy ingredients.
Yum! Probably one of the best sloppy joe recipes I've made so far! My husband raved over it, and he is a huge sloppy joe snob lol :P Topped with mustard and pickles. Can't wait to make again!
It was OK. I did add additional TBS of brown sugar.
I love this sauce. I had stopped making sloppy joes with the canned sauce because it has gotten to where it tastes a bit off. Probably cutting out some of the ingredients to save money. Anyway, it cost very little to make this sauce and it was absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this one.
This was a wet mess. 8oz of broth over a bun. Ketchup verses tomato paste? Maybe if you had a couple of 5 year olds and some cheap white 75 cent buns but not for an easy adult dinner for two.
Excellent recipe! I made it as written and thought it was delicious. I've followed other sloppy joe recipes on this site and seem to always need to double the sauce. Not this time! The addition of the beef broth gave it a very saucy consistency similar to chili sauce for hot dogs. The kicker is the liquid smoke. Perfect touch!
Your favorite for a reason! Went a little heavy on the smoke, but otherwise great!
Followed the recipe exactly. (well, added some green peppers..) They were a HUGE hit at my house! My husband requested them again only 4 days later :)
Incredible! Instead of seasoning tomato paste, you're making the base of a real tasty barbecue sauce! It's sweet, tangy and smokey all at the same time. Tastes best on a toasted bun!
I did not make any changes because that's what you should do the first time you make it if you are going to rate it... That being said I did not enjoy this, all I tasted was ketchup but my husband said he didn't mind it (and he is not a fan of ketchup, I don't normally tell him if it's in a recipe so he won't pre-judge it). I gave it a 3 because he didn't hate it. Maybe I screwed up somewhere but I don't see how.
This recipe is spot on ! It is a favorite at our house and I have tried many a sloppy joe recipe. I did cut back just a little on the liquid smoke.
Love the Recipe one of the better ones... I Sub out the liquid Smoke for Smoked Chipotle Pepper.. Ummmm
Me and my choosy husband liked it. I used fresh minced onion and added a little minced green bell pepper. It was good but my husband still prefers Manwich. This is a nice substitute if I don't have that sauce on hand. Thank you.
2/24/14 So very easy and delicious! DeWayne was craving manwich so we had planned that morning to fix for dinner, thought I had a can in the pantry. NO, did not. Remembered saving this recipe so switched to it. He loved and thought better than the can he grew up on. I added a dash of chili powder and tony's as I was browning the meat. For me I would cut the brown sugar back a T but he said he would not, liked as is.
Flavor is awesome! Used ground turkey instead of beef. Used fresh onion and garlic. Added chopped bell pepper. AWESOME!
This was the BEST Sloppy Joes I've ever made! I did add more meat to the pot as it seemed a bit too saucy. This thickened it up a bit and made it more hearty. Amazing flavor!
Very good. We did use fresh onions and minced garlic. It came out very sweet but really good. I didnt have any spicy mustard so I omitted which is probably why it came out on the sweet side. I would definitely make this again and will buy some spicy mustard which will probably cut the sweet taste a bit. Oh we don't eat beef so I used ground turkey and low sodium chicken broth I had left over from the other night.
Excellent recipe. Best Sloppy Joe ever.
Garlic bbq sauce subs for Hickory smoke; ground mustard for the spicy brown stuff. Omit 1 Tbs brown sugar; add 1 tsp cayenne pepper. Top w mozzarella. Serve with pickled jalapeno peppers & buns, of course.
Very flavorful. I added hot sauce and red chili flakes.
It was fast and ok. It seemed to taste to tangy from the mustard so I added some sweet BBQ sauce. I'd probably make it again.
Super tasty! Only modification we did is to use fresh chopped onion because that is what I had. I wouldn’t change anything else!
I made an 8 lb batch of this for my grandchild's b-day party, this was very good, just a few suggestions, I did not use but half the beef stock, may have been because of such a large batch. I also added one small can of garlic tomato paste to boost the tomato taste. Also cut back a little on the onion flakes, seemed like a lot. This was a very good recipe for sloppy joes!! Family really liked it.
I made this according to the recipe and it was delicious!! My 8 month old daughter devoured it!! I'll be making this again for sure!
I have to admit...I haven't had sloppy joes in years and years...and when I did it was canned manwich...I made this recipe exactly as written except real onion cooked with the beef! Out of this world delish! Thank you so much! Was such an easy recipe after a long day at work!
This was a hit with my family. I followed the recipe exactly. The liquid smoke makes this amazing. Don't change a thing in it!
This is my favorite! I've never made Sloppy Joes from scratch before, I had used the Manwich canned sauce so I only have made it a couple times until this recipe! I've made this twice in 2 weeks. Thank you for the recipe - I did cut back a bit on the brown sugar that's the only change I made.
This was very good. Used chili sauce instead of ketchup and Dijon mustard. Adjusted the ingredients (less) since there just two of us. Didn’t measure, just guessed.
Great new taste for sloppy joes! I always made the traditional style sloppy joes so I thought I would try something new. Only thing I did differently was using chopped onions. Otherwise, don’t change a thing! Great tasting recipe. Thank you for sharing!
Delicious! I added some mixed frozen vegetables to bulk it up a bit and add even more flavour.
I made this tonight and it was very good I'll use this recipe next time but I'll add fresh bell peppers and fresh onions that's all that was missing to me with that it would have been 5 stars for sure but still very tasty as directed a solid 4 stars. 2nd time cooking this I used ground turkey and it came out delicious just as tasty as the ground beef.
March 18.2014. Just made this for dinner. Really good. Will be making again soon. Used real onions that was what I had on hand. Husband put hot sauce on his for some zing. Thank you for the recipe. Carla
I used mesquite liquid smoke and added chipotle seasoning..best ever! Never go canned again!
I liked the Sloppy Joe mix (maybe a tad too much Liquid Smoke), but I made the mistake of putting it in buns that weren't very good, and that ruined it for me.
This is very nice, but maybe not the best "sloppy joes" recipe I've ever made/had. I made it several times (since I needed to use up a bottle of liquid smoke), and exactly as written (I used 85% ground beef). Despite all the ketchup, it didn't turn out too sweet, as the other ingredients made it taste tangier. Definitely worth making!
I added a little chili powder. This recipe is delicious! It's not too sweet, which is exactly what I like.
Do not need to change a thing. These are great. I am making it my go-to Sloppy Joe recipe.
My last review decided to change my number of stars just as I was submitting it from 4 to 1. Great recipe!
Loved this! I did omit the brown sugar and use a lower-sugar ketchup, and I added 1 tsp each of Worchestershire sauce and smoke flavoring, because I was afraid of them being too strong. I also added fresh onions instead of dried. This is my new go-to sloppy joe recipe!
This was very tasty! I didn't have the liquid smoke, so I simply eliminated, but it was still so good that there wasn't any left! I'll make it again!
It was great
I only added 1 tblsp of the sugar, and wished I hadn’t done that. Also, to just throw the whole thing out the door, we, as a family, decided to have this poured over Mac and cheese. Was very good, but for me to much sweetness.
I thought that this was wonderful! Since I had never used liquid smoke before, I was a little nervous about that but then I thought Go for it! and I’m so glad that I did. With the exception of using a little less garlic since I’m not a garlic lover, I followed the recipe exactly and was not at all disappointed.
I followed this recipe exactly and I found it to be way too sweet; I would reduce brown sugar to 1 tbs. Also prefer to use real onions instead of dried. Dried are ok if you’re out of onions.
But I like the addition of smoke to it.
So nice to see recipe without hot sauce, chilies and cayenne etc. This is still the USA but cooks seem to think it's North Mexico. I love good mexican food but must bow to my ulcer at times.
I have a better recipe. Brown 2lb hamburger meat with garlic salt and black pepper.Add 1 can French Onion soup and 1 small can of tomato paste. Easy and delicious!!