My grandma gave me this recipe last year. My co-workers are always asking me to make it for them. The ground cloves add that special flavor

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the ground beef, onion, and green pepper. Cook until beef is browned, and drain off excess grease. Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup and mustard, and season with cloves and salt. Simmer for 30 minutes on low. Serve on hamburger buns.

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Note

If you double the recipe, you do not need to increase the vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

429 calories; protein 24.9g 50% DV; carbohydrates 47g 15% DV; fat 16.2g 25% DV; cholesterol 69mg 23% DV; sodium 1647.5mg 66% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2007
This is my first time making sloppy joes since no one in my family is a big fan. I added everything except the cloves since other reviewers seemed turned off by them and I only had whole cloves that required grinding up. However it tasted incomplete, and as a test I added in the cloves. Seriously, it sparked the concoction right up. They add something and should not be omitted. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/29/2006
Sorry we didn't enjoy this at all. I made it exactly as stated but used a sprinkling of cloves I can't imagine using more than that. It was very ketchupy and sweet. Very thick so I tried to thin down with a bit of water. It just tasted like eating hamburg with ketchup. I'll stick to my mom in laws recipe: 1 pound hamburg browned and drained one large can tomato puree 1 tablespoon brown sugar salt and pepper to taste garlic salt 2 tablespoons prepared mustard and 1/2 package of taco seasoning or chili powder. It's really good. Sorry about the review I hate giving low scores and everyones tastes are different but maybe I can help someone whos tastes are similar to mine and prevent wasting money on something they may not like. Read More
(78)
312 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 167
  • 4 star values: 88
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 18
Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2007
This is my first time making sloppy joes since no one in my family is a big fan. I added everything except the cloves since other reviewers seemed turned off by them and I only had whole cloves that required grinding up. However it tasted incomplete, and as a test I added in the cloves. Seriously, it sparked the concoction right up. They add something and should not be omitted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2007
I have made many recipes from this site but until now I have never rated nor reviewed one. I felt I just had to rate and review Grandma's Sloppy Joes because of the mixed feelings of other reviewers regarding the sweetness of the recipe. I followed the recipe closely substituting red bell pepper for green and adding only a 1/4 teaspoon of cloves instead of 1/2. I found the recipe to be delicious not overly sweet (these are Sloppy Joes after all) and the 1/4 teaspoon of cloves to be just the right amount. I do agree that 1/2 teaspoon would be overpowering (but we all have our own likes and dislikes). Overall a great recipe and a keeper. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/29/2006
Sorry we didn't enjoy this at all. I made it exactly as stated but used a sprinkling of cloves I can't imagine using more than that. It was very ketchupy and sweet. Very thick so I tried to thin down with a bit of water. It just tasted like eating hamburg with ketchup. I'll stick to my mom in laws recipe: 1 pound hamburg browned and drained one large can tomato puree 1 tablespoon brown sugar salt and pepper to taste garlic salt 2 tablespoons prepared mustard and 1/2 package of taco seasoning or chili powder. It's really good. Sorry about the review I hate giving low scores and everyones tastes are different but maybe I can help someone whos tastes are similar to mine and prevent wasting money on something they may not like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2006
This was a very rich and delicious sloppy joe recipe. I used half bbq sauce and half ketchup like some other reviewers. I also put a slice of monterey jack cheese on the sandwich and it was great! I was scared off of the cloves by some of the reviews I read so I only used 1/3 the amount of cloves. But I really loved the smell and flavor the cloves imparted so next time I will try the full amount. One more thing - I found it a little salty but this may be because I scaled the recipe to 6 servings. I don't think you need extra salt if you increase the servings. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2006
my mother in law's recipe is similar to this one.. it is wonderful.. one suggestion.. use ground all spice instead of cloves.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2006
Yum! I was looking for a quick recipe at the last minute and this came through with flying colors. Love it and best of all my husband said the sandwich was delish! So much better than from a can. And I was a little leery of the ground cloves but I agree that it enhances the taste. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2003
This recipe was good- classic sloppy joes. I was afraid to add a half tsp of cloves so only added 1/4- but didn't need to worry as the cloves couldn't be tasted at all. Will add the whole amount next time! Everybody in the family liked them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2003
This was really good although I omitted the peppers. Perfect if you're looking for something out of the ordinary fast and easy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2003
While I liked ths recipe I thought there was too much clove. I only put in a 1/4 tsp. like other readers did but next time I'll put in an 1/8. I also added some petite diced tomatoes with the juice drained. Read More
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