Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sloppy Joes

About four months ago my friend, Margie, posted a recipe for Sloppy Joes on her blog More Please. I told Margie at that time that I would be making her recipe and it has taken this long for me to do it. And I am so glad I did. I was making this for my husband but I wound up enjoying the sandwiches much more than I thought I would--they were delicious!

I made teenie-tiny changes to Margie's recipe. Also, Margie likes to make her own buns, and I would too, except it is TOO hot in my kitchen to bake right now, so I let the local bakery make them for me. Margie has a very delicious blog, so please do check it out.

Sloppy Joes
2 lbs. ground sirloin
1 Tbsp. bacon fat, or olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Pinch or two of dried red pepper flakes
1 (29 oz) can tomato puree
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce

I used a cast iron skillet to brown the ground sirloin, until completely cooked. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beef from the pan onto a paper towel lined plate, and discard any drippings remaining in the pan.

Add about a tablespoonful of bacon fat, if you have it, or if not, olive oil to the same pan. Saute the onions over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and stir for a couple minutes more. Stir in the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Stir in the tomato puree, ketchup, and Worchestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until reduced to desired consistency.

Serve on buns and enjoy!


  1. Yum, these would be great on the soft buns I made earlier. Thanks. PS took a look around More Please, very nice.

  2. My family loves Sloppy Joe's and nothing beats the homemade kind. This looks delicious!

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words! And for reminding me about Sloppy Joes... I'm in the midst of trying to use up all the odds & ends in my freezer & was wondering what to do with 2 pounds of ground grass-fed beef. It's too lean for burgers, but just right for sloppy joes.