Sloppy Joes II
This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!
This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!
Much better than Manwich and SO easy! The best thing is it's made with ingredients I always have in the house and it's not a hundred ingredients either so it's fast to make. I always make more sauce than it calls for, I think it's too dry otherwise. If I make it with 1 lb. of meat I double the sauce, 2 lbs. I triple it, 3 lbs. I quadruple it, etc. It's great in the crockpot too; I make it in the morning when I have a minute and it sits in the crockpot on low all day. I've passed this recipe on to anyone who will take it.Read More
Much better than Manwich and SO easy! The best thing is it's made with ingredients I always have in the house and it's not a hundred ingredients either so it's fast to make. I always make more sauce than it calls for, I think it's too dry otherwise. If I make it with 1 lb. of meat I double the sauce, 2 lbs. I triple it, 3 lbs. I quadruple it, etc. It's great in the crockpot too; I make it in the morning when I have a minute and it sits in the crockpot on low all day. I've passed this recipe on to anyone who will take it.
This went over big at the fire station. Adjusted the recipe for ten and barely fed 8!! To make the sauce a little "sloppier" instead of addind more ketchuo, I added chicken gumbo soup.
this was so simple and just plain tasty. good recipe for good old fashion sloppy joe.
Much better than Manwich!
really good! i put the mixture in a 8x8 pan and layered shredded cheddar cheese on top. then i made the Golden Sweet Cornbread (on this site) batter and poured it over the beef mixture and cheese, baked for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. insta-meal!
This one always makes EVERYone happy! :) I add a tsp of liquid smoke, 1/2 c. bbq sauce and a tbsp of apple cider vinegar for a little zing. Then I mix a little mayo, garlic salt & parmesan cheese & spread it onto the buns. Add jack cheese to one side & broil until bubbley, then top with sloppy joe. A favorite in our house for sure! I'll never by Manwich again!! Thanks! :)
Sloppy Joes elevated! Such a quick easy recipe to make and modify to one's taste buds. Too sweet, use less brown sugar. Want spicier, use 1/2 ketchup and chili sauce. Health conscience, use ground turkey. Thanks to Arnolddirr for the freezing method tip using muffin tins and to Tamara the submitter of this recipe.
This was a big hit at our super bowl party... I exchanged the hamburger for ground turkey... I promise you NO ONE could tell the difference and I certainly didn't tell anyone! I did add a little water after it simmered awhile but that was it, Definitely will never buy the canned stuff again!!!
I forgot to pick up a canned sloppy joe mix and turned to all recipes. This recipe had so many reviews and such a high rating with simple ingredients I knew I'd give it a shot. Well, it brings flashbacks to the days when people made things from scratch. Funny thing is...it really takes maybe 5 minutes longer to assemble than sloppy joes using a canned sauce and it tastes unbelievable! You have to try it!
I made this for the varsity/JV basketball teams (35 kids!) and it was a HUGE hit!! 10 pounds of ground beef later, one boy said it was the best meal yet! I did use 1/2 ketchup and 1/4 barbeque sauce, put everything in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. Success!
These sloppy joes immediately moved into first place at our house, knocking my once-favorite recipe out of the running! Everyone loved the not-too-sweet, not-too-tangy flavor and rich, thick consistency. I made it exactly as directed and wouldn't change a thing! To save time, I prepare the mixture several hours ahead of time and keep it warm in a slow-cooker until dinner. I have also tried quadrupling the recipe for a crowd and it works great, affecting neither flavor nor texture.
Added a couple Tablespoons of hubby's favorite BBQ sauce, a teaspoon of Goya Seasonings, a couple dashes of Chili Powder and a couple teaspoons of Worcestershire Sauce, I used red bell pepper instead of green, and used 2t of brown sugar instead of 3 and instead of Garlic Powder, I used 2 minced fresh cloves of garlic and added that after the meat, onion and pepper were cooked and drained so as not to burn the garlic and simmered covered only 20 minutes instead of 30. So freaking good! My husband said its the best Sloppy Joe's he has ever had and me too! Thanks for this basic recipe with all ingredients usually on hand! Love it and love this recipe! Will be a regular in our rotation!
Everyone is right, this is a winner! I made two batches today using 6 lbs. of ground chuck in each batch. I stock the freezer for future use. To cut the fat, I cook just the meat and then pour very hot water over it and drain. Next, I added the raw onion & peppers and the remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple of hours. There is so much flavor going on that you'll never miss the fat.
This was good, but not my favorite. It was a little bit too sweet for us. I also didn't really like the green bell pepper taste with it. I think I will keep using my own recipe. Thanks for the post.
This sloppy joe is the BOMB. I will NEVER eat Manwich again. By far it is killing Manwich. When I make this, it is amazing and it's so hard to stop eating it! I use 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup of sweet baby rays bbq sauce per pound....MM MM MM! I also use red and green peppers. TERRIFIC!
added a few extras but the original recipe is excellent!
I give these the highest rating because it tasted great, it was easy to make, and it consists of everything you'd have on hand. Sloppy Joes shouldn't be a gourmet affair, it should be a quick-to-make weeknight meal that tastes good. These are the only ones I will be making from now on.
Best sloppy joes ever! Only additions - red pepper for kick and a little water to simmer. Kids loved it and I loved it because all ingredients were in my kitchen. Will never use powder mix again.
My family loved it! One review stated it was better than canned sloppy joe mixes and they were absolutely correct and who doesn't have these ingredients on hand all the time!! So easy. Only change I made was adding a bit of worchestershire sauce. I would recommend 1 tsp and tasting to see if you prefer a bit more. I added about 3 tsps. This will be own only sloppy joe recipe now! Thank you so much for sharing and I highly recommend a test of this one! :O)
I love this recipe! I usually add extra ketchup, as the boys in our family are ketchup maniacs and we like our sloppy joe's really saucy. I've probably made this recipe 50 times over the last few years, and everyone loves it. It's easy, fast, and really cheap!
I personally did not like this recipe. To me, it just tasted like hamburger with sweet ketchup on it.
I don't know what I did wrong here but I could not get any "sauce" to be made. My meat kept sucking up everything. I doubled the recipe and ended up using an entire bottle of ketchup then adding water and letting it cook down over and over again. Finally I got some sauce and my husband said it would be 5-star if it had just a bit more "glue" to hold the meat together. The flavor profiles were there and it was excellent, I just had issues with the sauce. Will continue to practice with this because it is too good to not make again, I am just puzzled about my sauce. Great flavors - 4 teenage boys wolfed them down.
This is not meant to replace a regular hamburger-ground beef just happens to be the main ingredient. Try something before dismissing it!! I have been making this for years. When my brother owned a market, it was one of our most requested items! It's delicious and you can adjust the sweetness and spices to your personal liking.
My family loves sloppy joes while i'm not a complete fan. I absolutely despise the canned stuff so decided to try this recipe. I used about 1.5lbs of meat for this and i doubled the green peppers in it. I seasoned the meat while cooking, as i would with any other recipe and i used 3 cloves of fresh minced garlic as well. I pretty much doubled the sauce, using 1.5c ketchup and about 3/4 c bbq sauce. I only used the 3tbsp of brown sugar though as i found doubling that would have made it far too sweet. I didn't simmer near the time it says too as it was thickening quite quickly even on lowest heat. I served these on fresh kaiser buns with freshly diced onions and green pepper and grated cheese for toppers. Will definitely use this recipe again when my family wants sloppy joes. Thanks for sharing!
I found this recipe to be lacking something after simmering so I added 1 Tbsp. of KC Masterpiece Original BBQ sauce and it was great!!! I suggest that you taste it before serving and add to it if you feel it needs it.
Since moving back to the UK over 7 years ago my wife and kids have been pestering me to make Sloppy Joes, whilst in the States we only ever had the tinned stuff, so tonight I made Sloppy Joes using this recipes and now have very happy kids and wife, very simple and full of flavour, did it in the slow cooker for about 4 hours on low and this really brought all the flavours out. 5 Stars+ from the UK
These were really good! I'd put five stars, but I didn't follow this recipe exactly. I used turkey, because I typically substitute that for ground beef, and I didn't use green peppers because I don't care for them. Also, I saw one comment that mentioned barbeque sauce, so I did add that -- I thought that addition was great! Anyway, everything mixed together really well, and it was easy. Sloppy Joes without the "omggg I'm so fullllll" situation afterward. Thanks!
Great as is, I only made small changes after tasting too suit my tastes. I added 1 tsp of Worcestershire, an additional 1 tsp of prepared yellow mustard, and 1 tsp of onion powder, in addition to the other spices that the recipe called for. Tastes like Manwich, just without the canned taste and a little sweeter. If you tend to like your Sloppy Joes not on the sweet side, then I would recommend starting out with only 1 tsp of brown sugar and then you can add more if you like.
Better than mom's. I combined a lot of the advice given in the reviews. -I made sauce first and let it simmer until finished everything else. -I added 3 tsp of white vinegar. -I eyeballed some chili powder, which i thought gave the sauce an excellent kick. -I cut back some of the ketchup with bbq sauce instead. -I went a little over on the sauce ingredients (and added a little water) to make it extra sloppy. -If you live in Texas this is 3 servings. See "Texas Sized" buns. :D
I loved this recipe and it goes a long way.It reminds me of the one my mom used to make.Thanks!
I followed others' suggestions. I used ground turkey. I also added a little honey barbecue sauce and less brown sugar, added some tomato paste with a little water. (depends how thick and saucy you want your sloppy joes) Husband loved it...I'll be keeping this version!!
I have been looking for a good joe receipe for a long time now. This is it! I used a crushed garlic clove instead of powder and added 1/4 cup of barbeque sause. Thanks!!
This was great and very simple!! My husband and 5 year old son also loved it! I wouldn't change anything about the recipe!
Just wonderful, even to those that normally do not like sloppy joes.
This is a great recipe. Very simple to prepare and delicious. I added more ketchup, about 3/4 of a cup more and about 1/2 cup of water to make sure it was slopy enough. I also added a dash of chilli powder and used ground turkey instead of beef. It turned out excellant! Also good over brown or white rice instead of bread. I just tried it last night and am going to buy more turkey so I can make it again :)
Easy & tasty. I didn't change anything. Though I would wait to eat it the next day, because it is better.
We Loved this!!! This was my first time making sloppy joes that wasnt from a can, and this was really really good, i didnt add chopped onion or bell pepper though, just didnt feel like chopping tonite lol also i added a tsp. of worcestershire sauce and i added every thing else as written. Even my 4 y/o son said YUM!! Thank you so much for this recipe :)
very good but i would omit the mustard too strong but i'm not a mustard person
One night I was making sloppy joes and realized I only had one can of mix but needed two. Instead of running to the store I popped on here to see if I had all the ingredients on hand to make it from scratch. We all enjoyed this so much I sent my daughter home with the can I did have. I won't be buying those any more! What a much better flavor and great use for my garden peppers!
I've never liked Sloppy Joes in the past. But this was good, and oh so easy. I'm still not extremely big on eating them but when I want one I will make this only.
Very good but a bit sweet for my taste. Added some dashes of balsamic vinegar and worcestershire to off set the sweetness. Used minced dried onion instead of fresh becuase my onion hater will eat the dried ones. Will make again.
For years I gave up trying to make sloppy joes because I could never find a recipe that I liked; well, this one is it! I make the recipe just as written and we all love these sandwiches. Thanks!
This was a very good, slightly tangy recipe. After reading others' reviews that it wasn't "sloppy" enough, I added a cup of beef broth, and simmered it for a bit longer. It turned out just the right consistency. This must've also helped cut down the sweetness, as, unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find it to be too sweet at all. I also omitted the green peppers to make it more kid friendly.
This was a great recipe, the only complaint that we have is that it's just a bit dry. Next time around we'll just make more of the sauce. Otherwise, great recipe.
This is even better than my usual recipe for sloppy joes. So easy and good.
Had some chopped red bell pepper mixed with some chopped green bell pepper leftover from another dish so I used that. Also, split the ketcup with BBQ sause and then added in some extra BBQ sauce. We don't have sloppy joes very often, but always used a canned mix. This was so easy and tasted so much better! Will be using this recipe again!!
These were the best Sloppy Joes i've ever had! I used lean ground turkey instead but followed everything else to a T! It came out delicious, I've made it twice, this will be a regular!
Very easy, very good and should be made as is. I understand to add this and add that and make these huge changes then when done give glaring reviews of how great a recipe is. What I like to do is make most of these recipes as is the first time. This allows for an honest to goodness fair review of the actual recipe. This is one recipe that I really really like as is. I have made it multiple times since I have two little kids. Ive changed it some before to no avail with little ones tastes.
This is a magical recipe!! You'd never suspect such a simple recipe would have such a profound taste!! I am truly impressed and have added this recipe to my personal family recipe book (that I give away at weddings only). Tamara, thanks for sharing!! Tamara:)
This is a great starting out recipe for Sloppy Joe's, but it does need some tweaking to be considered worthy of 5 stars, so therefore it just gets 4 from me. Here are my suggestions... if you're going to use ketchup, I would definitely add a package of dry Chili Seasoning Mix, OR use bottled Chili Sauce instead and skip the ketchup altogether. Also, the ratio is off a bit; I'd use 1/2 cup ketchup & double the amount of mustard. I like to add some Worcestershire as well... probably about a tablespoon. Everyone has their own personal tastes for Sloppy Joe's so just keep on tasting it as you mix it up and you can adjust it to your liking. As I said though, this is a good "starting point recipe" so do give it a try!
If you like your sloppy joe sweet, this is for you! I had to improvise a bit, but did my best: Added 1/8 tsp cayanne pepper & 1 tsp A1 sauce, didn't have green pepper so doubled onion. This is a good basic recipe, & worth working with, but came out too sweet for my taste so next time I'm adding 1/4 tsp cayanne & cutting the sugar -- ketchup is sweet enough. **UPDATE** Made this again without any brown sugar & kept the A-1 sauce, no cayanne; turned out better for me/less sweet. I'm going to keep tweaking this one. It's VERY FORGIVING & tastey, I just need to find the perfect blend of kick & just a bit of sweetness!
Wow. I was so excited about this recipe and SO disappointed in its outcome. With so many positive reviews, I thought for sure it had to be good. I admit that I goofed up at first, having misread the recipe to say 3 T of brown sugar instead of 3t. Yes, that was incredibly sweet :). I then decided I'd try again, only this time omitting the sugar all together until I tasted it. Well, in my opinion it was still way over the top sweet! I ended up rinsing the meat and going with Manwich, only because I didn't want to waste all that burger. I will search for a recipe that does not claim to be sweet next time around. I have a taste in my mind, but this was not it.
Yum! Best sloppy joes ever! Family agreed! The brown sugar and worchestershire made the difference.
Good basic recipe.I increased ketchup to 1 cup,added 1/4c of barbecue sauce and added 1 clove of fresh garlic instead of powder.Also I chopped up a couple of hot peppers and served on buttered,toasted buns
Holy YUM! Even my three non-ground-beef eating picky kids LOVED this and beg beg beg for it every day! I've made it three times in two weeks. I cut the sugar to 1.5 teaspoons and they don't miss it. Thanks, Tamara! Ths one is a winner!
I rated this as kid friendly because I think 99% of kids would love this. My child didn't but that's definitely not the fault of the recipe. My boyfriend and I both really enjoyed this recipe and it was very easy to make. It will definitely be served again.
Absolutely a 5 star recipe. The next-day leftovers are even better! You MUST double the sauce ingredients (garlic powder, mustard, ketchup & brown sugar) because even after simmering for 30 min they're still not very "sloppy". Another MUST is to simmer on the stovetop. My friend loved the recipe so I shared it with her, but she made it in her crockpot. Hers definitely came out sloppier, but the simmering time really makes that brown sugar kind of caramelize, and without that hers just didn't taste as good. My husband hates manwich, so I had to go in search of a recipe he would like... now he gets SO excited every time I tell him we're having sloppy joes for dinner!
Awesome! I used ground turkey and doubled the recipe, using BBQ sauce for the doubled amount of ketchup. Huge hit with the kids.
I was very pleased with this recipe and definitely will make it again. I substituted barbecue sauce for some of the ketchup with great results.
Like Whoa...Flavorful! The flavors come out so well in this sandwich, I was pleasantly surprised. Like Emeril though I had to kick it up a notch by adding some hot sauce baby - BAM, BAM, BAM because I like it a little spicy. You know as a kid I grew up on sloppy joe's out of the can like most folks - but as I got older I shyed away from it because of the sweet flavor. But with this recipe you have the ability to control the sweetness it is not oversweet at all. I was expecting a typical tomato-o-e base. No, not at all these ingredients lend itself more to a sort of delicious barbeque flavor. I was like oh snap... she might be on to something here - It simple, quick and easy to make and it fills a hungry belly. Most people already have these ingredients in their pantry already. I Luv it. Indeed a keeper - I will make this again. Beautiful presentation - Reveiwers you have to try this.
Excellent!!! The entire family loved it!!! I did notice when cooking that it began to dry out a little - so, I covered with a lid and the steam added just the right of moisture back to it. This definitely goes into my "special" collection! Thanks, Linda
Easy & Great! My husband said these were just like his Mom's & I should NEVER but that canned stuff again!
This is a very good recipe - one that really resembles the packets you get at the store. My one and only complaint is that it is NOT sloppy at all!! Needs more juice...next time I will take advice from others and add some water while it simmers. Also, I added worsh. sauce and chili powder for a bit of kick, and used fresh garlic rather than the powder. Yummy!
Excellent!! I also substituted about 1/4 cup of the Ketchup with BBQ Sauce. Liked it even better!
We love this recipe. My daughter who wont eat sloppy joes requests this recipe! So good and easy! I use 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup barbecue sauce.
Not as sloppy as the sloppy joes I am used too, but very tasty.
Tasty, easy recipe for sloppy joes. Perfect for a busy weeknight.
I haven't had many sloppy joes, but I just had a craving for it. And this recipe definitely fulfilled my craving. It was delicious! And it's really easy, too. Nothing extravagant, but very yummy.
It's great! Better than what my mom made...and that's saying something. I sort of laughed at the comment posted by Momof2 stating they thought it was too sweet and they don't like the green pepper. Ever thought of just cutting down on the suger and skip the pepper?
Delicious, and brings back kid memories as Sloppy Joes were popular at school and home. This is a traditional recipe closely replicating the original one invented by Joe (surely a distant relative) in a Sioux City, Iowa tavern in the 1930’s . With over 3,000 reviews, it’s already been said. Just try it as written, and you should like it.
This is the best Sloppy Joe that I have ever had. What I like about it is it's easy to make with ingredients you already have anyway and it tastes better than any Sloppy Joe sauce you buy from the store. Sue
OMG I just tried this last night because I had read all the rave reviews and it was delicious. I love Manwich but this is way better. I do not think I will ever buy another can of that stuff again. Also the recipe is really easy to remember and easy to make. I did cut the ketchup to 1/2 cup and added some Worcestershire sauce also added 1/2 cup water. I will make this often.
I don't really like sloppy joes, and I made this for my hubby and my daughter...however, he was running late and I ate one...almost didn't leave him any...oops! They were yummy yummy yummy! No more manwich for us! UPDATE: Made these again and dh said that they were better than the name brand! He used the word delicious!!!
This is similar to the recipe I make. I use sweet pickle relish instead of green pepper. I do add a tablespoon of brown sugar even though the relish is sweet. To make this ready faster I squirt ketchup and mustard onto the hamburger, add the rest of the ingredients, and fry with medium heat, stirring constantly. To make the Joes a bit less messy, I shake up a teaspoon of flour or cornstarch in a 1/2 cup of water, stir enough of it into the hot mix in the frying pan to moisten, and continue cooking it until the water reduces and the flour or cornstarch are cooked. The hamburger mix is ready to eat at this point. I use any leftover Sloppy Joe mix in chili or spaghetti sauce: a quick way to make another meal.
Love this recipe! I remember when Sloppy Joes were served in high school and this recipe brings back those memories when we couldn't wait for the day they were served. I made this recipe, froze in muffin tin, popped them out, then thaw them in the microwave. I have one left, then will make more this weekend. Excellent taste. Thanks
I already have a go-to recipe for Sloppy Joe's that was given to me by my dear friend What's His Face, but every once in awhile, when I can't find the specific ingredients for his (we call 'em Sloppy Bills) I turn to this one. Ssshh... It's just as good! We enjoy it with a bit of celery added to the saute and a dash each of worcestershire and tabasco. Thanks for sharing, Tamara.
I'm giving a little snicker as I type this, because this recipe is just how my mom makes it, which is a very good thing. I did add more ketchup and some water (so it would'nt dry out as it was cookin'). LOVED it, thanks Tamara!
Made 1 batch with veggie crumbles (for me) and another batch with ground beef (for my carnivore husband). He liked the vegetarian version better! Super easy and fun :)
This was absolutely delicious! I did add sauteed green pepper and onion (chopped very finely) - and increased the sauce a bit - (actually I did not measure the amount of ingredients I added - but I did add everything the recipe called for - just not in exact measurements) and my whole family LOVED IT! This was a great dinner for a cold Chicago night! I will definitely make this again!
Very good, but don't substitute turkey for the beef. Loved it the first time I made it (with beef) but it wasn't crumbly/sloppy enough the second time (with turkey). I added celery, 1 T quick oats, and 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water.
Excellent recipe. I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of oatmeal for texture, and a teaspoon or so of Worcestershire and vinegar. This makes it perfect!
Very easy. Kids love it. Adults forget how much they loved it as a kid until they eat this again.
This was brilliant! Loved it to bits! Will definitely be keeping this one...
Way better than the canned stuff and took all of like 10 minutes to make start to finish. This recipe is a real winner. I followed the directions to T except for leaving out the green pepper because I knew my kids wouldn't eat them. Thanks for the great recipe. This one is a keeper.
This is a yummy recipe!Much better than the canned stuff.My picky eaters loved it.This is quick,and easy!
The kids asked what Sloppy Joes were - I have somehow deprived them of this experience! This recipe was easy enough for our 8 yr old do most of the work, although he refused to add mustard "because mustard is literally the most disgusting thing we have in the fridge, Mom!" Our 6 yr old, who hates cooked peppers, balked at the sight of it but after one bite she polished off two buns. Should have doubled it for the freezer.
It was good, but much too sweet. I would definitely cut down on the brown sugar the next time. What I really like about this recipe however is the fact that the salt content is nothing compared to the dry package mixes.
Hubby thought this was the best Sloppy Joe recipe to date. The only change I made was 1/2 cup ketchup & 1/2 cup BBQ sauce along with all the other ingredients.
I was really surprised how much we liked this! It was quick to make and very flavorful. I did find I didn't have enough sauce, so, I made another half batch of the sauce. Next time I will use a little less brown sugar because it was very sweet. Definitely would be one I make again though.
I only made a couple of small changes to this recipe. For starters, I doubled the sauce and added a little water to make it a bit saucier. I also substituted 1/4 of the ketchup for some Tastefully Simple Smoky Bacon Grill Sauce. Towards the end I decided it was a little sweet, so I added a couple dashes Chalula hot sauce. They were so good! My hubby liked them, and so did my kids. We hate the canned stuff and I am so glad I came upon this recipe!!!
Just like mom used to make! I used ground turkey burger instead of beef and left out the green pepper since hubby doesn't like it. I also added a 1/4 cup of water, an extra tsp. of brown sugar and and extra Tbs. of ketchup. Put it in the crock pot and let it simmer on low for 4 hours. Perfect! Even my 4 year old loved it!
Awesome.Made just as listed.I may leave out 1 or 2 of the teaspoons of brown sugar in the future.Thanks
who would have thought so few basic ingredients could create such a hearty, comfort-food dish? i used ground turkey and cooked it on a skillet with onions and diced garlic. left out the b.peppers, but put the drained and cooked meat in the crock pot. let it cook on high for about an hour with all of the other ingredients. came out great!
One of the better recipes I've tried. No more store bought for me and mine.
Way too sweet. I ONLY made this because of the high reviews. I can see why most of the reviewers children ate this...its like straight sugar. As I was adding the brown sugar I thought...humm..Ketchup has sugar, why am I adding more...I should have listened to myself. After following the recipe I tried as others have to undo the sweetness, to no avail. :( It looks wonderful, but maybe using tomato sauce and a small can of tomato paste would cut down on the sweetness. Too bad. I really wanted a go to recipe.
This was great! My kids loved it! I added a couple of tablespoons of bar-b-que sauce to add a little zing. Thanks!
Great sloppy joes! I read quite a few reviews and I also used some bbq sauce, worcestershire and vinegar. I made a double batch and used a mixture of ground beef and venison. They turned out very good and may I add they did'nt last long, even the double batch.
i won't make sloppy joes (or "sloppies", as we call them) out of a can ever again!
DH and I made this for lunch today and we were less than thrilled...I can't imagine how it's managed to receive so many high reviews! In the end, it didn't taste horrible, but it didn't taste anything like the canned variety....it was VERY sweet. We used Heinz ketchup and all the other ingredients which were called for...but we did increase the onion to about 1/2 cup. In the end, my DH had to add some Worcestershire, more garlic powder, salt and pepper to try to offset the sweetness; there wasn't much improvement. We likely will not make this again, but I do highly recommend NOT adding any brown sugar until you've tasted the meat mixture...if you still require more sweetness, then add it.