Darn Good Homemade Sloppy Joes (*or BBQ Sauce)

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Kelly Williams

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@WildfloursCottageKitchen

I used to buy "those cans" of sauce and kept thinking, what a waste of money! I make them homemade now, they're even better, so easy, and cost less, too! And I imagine healthier minusing all the additives and preservatives in those mystery cans...
*This recipe can also be used as a bbq sauce for chicken, pork chops, burgers, ribs, etc.)
This recipe is VERY good, hope you give it a try! Enjoy!! :D
Photo by me.

Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8 sloppy joes or 16 mini sliders
Prep:
5 Min
Cook:
15 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 lb
    hamburger or 1 lb. hamburger and 1 lb. mild ground italian sausage
  • ·
    salt & pepper lightly
  • 1 1/2 c
    ketchup, i use heinz
  • 1/8 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 c
    dark brown sugar, can sub light brown
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice concentrate
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp
    vinegar
  • 2 tsp
    mustard, french's yellow table mustard
  • 1 tsp
    dried minced onions, *add for sloppy joes but not if using for bbq sauce
  • ·
    americam cheese slices, optional
  • 8
    hamburger buns, or 16 hawaiian bread mini buns/rolls for sliders

How to Make Darn Good Homemade Sloppy Joes (*or BBQ Sauce)

Step-by-Step

  1. In frying pan, brown ground beef til no longer pink, breaking up into very small pieces as you cook. (If you leave it in larger pieces/chunks, the meat won't all get coated as much, and won't be as good. Will also fall off the bun more easily.) Drain grease.
  2. Add rest of ingredients, stir well to mix. Simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Serve on warmed hamburger buns or Hawaiian rolls with a little American cheese if desired.
  3. *If using as a bbq sauce, simmer ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grill meat (chicken, etc.) til just done or almost done. Baste well with sauce and cook 3-5 minutes longer. Turning and basting.
  4. **If baking instead of grilling, the bbq-style sauce can be added to the raw meat and baked the entire time at 350 degrees til done. (*Boneless skinless chicken breasts from Walmart take 30 minutes at 350. Uncovered.) I like the ones from Walmart the best, they seem to be the juiciest for whatever reason!

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About Darn Good Homemade Sloppy Joes (*or BBQ Sauce)

Course/Dish: Beef
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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