Sandwich Essentials: Kicked Up Sloppy Joe’s

Andy Anderson !


This sauce is a bit different from the regular ingredients used in a “traditional” sloppy joe sauce. It is bolder, and delivers a spicy essence that brings out the flavors of the beef. As a matter of fact, I can envision using this sauce with pork, or even chicken. It compliments; not covers.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
25 Min
Stove Top




  • 1 c
    ketchup, homemade or organic
  • 3 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1 tsp
    mustard powder
  • 1 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground

  • 2 - 3 slice
    fresh, bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 lb
    ground chuck, freshly ground
  • 4 oz
    italian sausage, hot or mild, your choice
  • ·
    freshly shredded cheese, for topping

How to Make Sandwich Essentials: Kicked Up Sloppy Joe’s


  2. Homemade Worcestershire:
    DIY Essentials: Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

    Homemade Ketchup:
    Versatile Homemade Ketchup

    I usually serve these with fries... If you are looking for a dipping sauce that is more than ketchup, check this out:
    Dip Essentials: French Fry Dipping Sauce
  3. Chef’s Note: The base for this recipe comes from my cousin who cooked at a restaurant in London. He was on vacation here in the States, and found the recipe in Michigan After going back to London, he made his own changes, and then emailed it back to me, here in Wichita. I made my own changes, and here it is…

    This is a well-traveled recipe :-)
  4. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Add all the sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan.
  7. Bring up to a simmer, and cook for 3 – 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly.
  8. Take off the heat and reserve.
  9. Chef’s Note: At this point you can place the sauce into a sealed container and store in the fridge for 5 – 7 days, before using.
  10. THE JOE’S
  11. Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
  12. Add the bacon to a sauté pan over medium heat.
  13. Cook until the bacon renders its fat, and begins to brown, about 4 – 5 minutes.
  14. Add the onions, and cook until softened, but not browned, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  15. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
  16. Add the ground beef and Italian sausage to the pan.
  17. Stir, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  18. Add the reserved sauce, and combine.
  19. Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for about 3 – 5 minutes. It will thicken slightly, as it simmers.
  20. Chef's Note: Do a final tasting for proper seasoning.
  21. Place them on the bread of your choice, and top with some cheese. I am using a red gouda cheese, but you could use any cheese that you fancy.
  22. Chef’s Note: I love using a nicely butter-toasted Kaiser roll.
  23. Pop them into the oven, and bake until the cheese is nice and melty, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  25. Serve these like any other sloppy joe’s. Enjoy.
  26. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Sandwich Essentials: Kicked Up Sloppy Joe’s

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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