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Jenn’s Sloppy Joe Recipe

From Scratch!

OK, almost everyone has a memory of a sloppy joe (or bbq) sandwich.

I’m sure most of you eaten some version of a sloppy joe in your life time. If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. These messy and filling sandwiches live up to their name. Filled with a saucy meat that drips out of the sandwich, as you bite into it. you find yourself licking your fingers, you lips, and the side of your hand. Yum!

Why from scratch?

Most people, use a canned version of the sauce or just squirt in bbq sauce. I definitely grew up with my mother buying a big jug of sauce and dumping it into a few pounds of ground beef. Then proceeding to let me know that sloppy joes were done.

But of course, this is not my M.O. If you’ve read any of my other food posts, I’m all about making things from scratch whenever possible. Of course, if it’s realistic. Sure I love a home cooked meal, but also enjoy a good short cut. I want to know what’s in my food and be able to READ the ingredients, but I don’t want to sit in the kitchen all day long either.

This sloppy joe recipe is so easy…

The great thing about a Sloppy Joe is that you can make them ahead of time, freeze them into appropriate portions and re-heat the meat. So When I say from scratch, don’t be scared or think, “Well, I don’t have time to make this.” You 100% do! I promise.

Here’s the recipe.

Click on the BBQ rub link to get the BBQ Rub recipe. If you chose to print the Sloppy Joe recipe (which is at the very bottom. I did include the rub in the printable version, just to make it easier for you to store your recipe). You’re welcome. 😉

Ingredients

  1. 3 lbs of ground beef (remember, I have a family of six. If this is too much you can divide this recipe in half, or just simple freeze them in freezer bags for future dinners.)

  2. 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  3. freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

  4. 1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes

  5. bbq rub (plus 1 tsp cornstarch)

  6. 2 tablespoons pineapple juice

  7. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire

  8. 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

  9. 2 1/2 tablespoons molasses

  10. 3 cups of V-8

  11. 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (optional) if you want it sweeter then you do this.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet on medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef, salt a pepper.

  2. Cook and Drain the Ground beef. Put back into the skillet

  3. Next, add the bbq rub and cornstarch) to the ground beef (burner still on medium heat), and stir until the meat is completely coated.

  4. Then, pineapple juice, Worcestershire, soy sauce and molasses. stir until combined.

  5. Finally, add V-8 and continue to mix until completely combined and bubbling.

  6. Serve on your choice of buns and sides.

ENJOY and Share!

Make sure to tag me on Instagram and Facebook #thesmithcountry or @thesmithcountry! I would love to see how your amazing dinnerturned out! And I always love seeing friends and family come together over a special meal!


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Jenn’s Sloppy Joe Recipe

This sloppy joe recipe is made completely by scratch, but doesn't take away from the ease. It's perfect for your next picnic, bbq, or outdoor get together.

Course dinner, Main Course, picnic food

Cuisine American

Keyword bbq, dinner, make ahead meals, picnic food, sandwich, sloppy joe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  1. 3 lbs of ground beef remember, I have a family of six. If this is too much you can divide this recipe in half, or just simple freeze them in freezer bags for future dinners.

  2. 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  3. freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

  4. 1 (14.5 oz can) petite diced tomatoes

  5. bbq rub plus 1 tsp cornstarch

  6. 2 tablespoons pineapple juice

  7. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire

  8. 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

  9. 2 1/2 tablespoons molasses

  10. 3 cups V-8/Tomato Juice

BBQ rub

  1. 1 tbsp garlic powder

  2. 1 tbsp onion powder

  3. 1/8 tsp nutmeg

  4. 1/8 tsp cloves

  5. 1 tbsp chili powder

  6. 1 tbsp mustard powder

  7. 1 tsp salt

  8. 1 tsp pepper

  9. 2 tbsp brown sugar (optional) if you prefer sweet sauce.

Instructions

In a large skillet on medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef, salt a pepper.

Cook and Drain the Ground beef. Put back into the skillet

Add the BBQ rub and cornstarch to the ground beef (burner still on medium heat), and stir until the meat is completely coated.

Add the pineapple juice, Worcestershire, soy sauce and molasses. stir until combined.

Add V-8 and continue to mix until completely combined and bubbling.

Serve on your choice of buns and sides.

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