Sloppy Joes

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings: 6-8
  • About This Recipe

    “This is found in my recipe collection under “Mrs. McCann’s Barbeque”. It was handed down from a neighbor of my great-aunt’s sometime in the 1940’s. I prefer to use ground round so there isn’t so much fat. Gets better the longer it simmers.”


  • 1 1/2 lbsground round
  • 3/4 cupcatsup
  • 1/4 teaspoonsalt
  • 2tablespoonssugar
  • 2tablespoonsmustard
  • 2tablespoonsvinegar
  • 2tablespoonsWorcestershire sauce
  • 1smallonion
  • Directions

  • Cook meat slowly in skillet with salt and onion.
  • Meanwhile, make sauce by mixing together all other ingredients and cooking slowly over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Drain (not much to drain if you use ground round) and add meat.
  • Let simmer for at least an hour, stirring from time to time, to let meat absorb the sauce.
  • Serve on toasted hamburger buns.
  • Reviews

  • “This was great. Made it a couple times, already. Most ingredients are usually on hand anyway. Beats the heck out of canned or boxed mixes.”

  • “This is a good, old-fashioned tasting slopppy joe recipe.The mustard flavor comes through strong and clear.I choose to make this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand.”

  • “These “Sloppy Joe’s” are outstanding.My wife makes them on a fairly regular basis.Fortunately for me, I have an understanding wife.She leaves the onions out of this dish just for me because I do not like onions at all in anything.Not all of us do like onions in spite of what you onion lovers think.Join my club “OGRE”.Onions and Garlic Ruin Everything!”

  • “This was a great and quick meal.I didn’t add the salt, don’t think it was missed.Thanks for a tasty sloppy joe recipe!”

  • “Great Recipe!I could not stand the thought of tacos again and found your recipe fit what I had on hand.I followed a few reviewers coments and added 1/2 cup of water to keep it saucy-worked like a charm-better than anything out of a can.Easy to come together-fast and very tasty!The Mr. raved!Thanks for Posting,Di ;-)”

  • “Really good”

  • “I finally have a Sloopy Joe recipe my husband loves!Thank you so much!I love that I have these items in the house!”

  • “Tried this one tonight. Hubby said he would like it a little bit “saucier”. The flavor was great! The 5yr. old raved about it and called it a sloppy jaloppy! We will have it again but I will make it a bit more “sloppy”.Lami”

  • “I really liked this recipe.Simple yet it had really good flavor.Like Chef Blade said you have all the ingredients at hand, so easy to make at last minute. I will definitely make again!”

  • “Stumbled across this on a busy after school, homework, dance class, and “Mom! It’s our Halloween party at dance!” night.I had all the ingredients on hand so I went for it.The only thing I did differently was added more ketchup but kept the rest of the amounts of other ingredients the same as I read the comment the mustard flavor came across pretty strong.Comes together quick – I just added everything together in the skillet, turned the burner on low, put a lid on it (LOL!), kissed my dancing girl goodbye, and have an hour to myself – HEAVEN!”

  • “The textbook definition of comfort food! The only thing I changed was to add some garlic and a poblano pepper I had lying around. Wonderfun, will absolutely be making this again.”

  • “Wow. That was DELISH. This recipe is definitely being added to my favorites. Great flavor and I love that there wasn’t a huge amount of sauce to take away from the entire sandwich.”

  • “Followed the suggestions of others and doubled the sauce . . . . these were incredible! So good that when I overcooked a pot roast a couple of weeks later, I used the thinly sliced meat in place of ground round …. turned an epic failure (the post roast) into a roaring success (BBQ beef sandwiches)!”

  • “This smelled absolutely wonderful!!We made it with ground venison…it’s a little sweeter than I would like so I will just cut the sugar in half next time.Even though I thought it was a little sweet it still deserves five stars….:)Thanks for sharing we will definitely be making it again.”

  • “Very good!I used 2 lbs meat and tripled the sauce recipe. Added 1/2 cup water and a little more Worcestershire sauce. Also, I was out of onions so I added onion powder but it still came out great. My picky kids loved it which is always a plus.”

  • “This turned out perfectly. Easy to make from ingredients found in most kitchens.”

  • “So Good!! I used 1 1/2 pounds of meat and doubled the sauce. I can’t imagine not doubling the sauce, it would have been really dry( but that could just be a matter of personal preference) I added a little water, cooked the onion along with afew slices of chopped up raw bacon, and a few extra splashes of worcestershire because it was a little heavy on the ketchup for my taste. I will definitely make this again! Thanks.”

  • “These were excellent! We did a few things to decrease the salt, but otherwise, made as is. Yummmy! We served open faced on multi grain bread.”

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