My Family's Favorite Sloppy Joes with Pizza Joes Variation

My Family's Favorite Sloppy Joes with Pizza Joes Variation

11 review, 4.3 star(s). 91% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

I've tried many recipes; this is the best. You can 'dec-tuple' (10x) this recipe for big events, large parties, etc.. Freezes well, goes up to the lake or camping well and is a hit on's no-fail. Easy to double, triple, etc.


1 pound ground beef
2 stalks celery; (2-3) chopped
1 small onion; chopped
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite; we use Open Pit)
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



In a large skillet, brown ground beef, celery and onion.

Drain the fat, who needs it?

Stir in remaining ingredients, simmer covered, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If Joes appear too 'loose', leave cover off and let moisture evaporate.

Cook until it's the consistency you like for serving on toasted buns, with french fries and cole slaw.

"Pizza Joes" variation:

Once I didn't have tomato sauce, so subbed an 8-oz. can of pizza sauce and served them up with shredded mozzarella cheese on the toasted buns, top and bottom. I also left out the BBQ sauce in this preparation and just used a 1/2 cup ketchup. Pizza Joes are good to go!

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My family's favorite sloppy joes.
jellybean74 1y ago

A solid sloppy joe recipe.
ldoolan 1y ago

Very good meal. I added shredded sautéed carrots. My kids said it was just okay but it was their first time having sloppy joes so I think given a few more tries they will like it.
Nahoom1 2y ago

Let me start by saying I'm not good at following recipes to the tee. But I used all the ingredients and added some cayenne and chipotle... Great recipe for jumping off!!
Deb93535 2y ago

These were simple to throw together and just awesome tasting, I used hickory smoked BBQ sauce and it was a big hit. Didnt' have to go out and buy anything either. Keeping in favorites.
Aimeelady 3y ago

I tried it with the pizza sauce. My family loved them. Will keep this one. Quick and easy and very good.
dianejohnsonmeade 3y ago

These were pretty good. I think what type of BBQ sauce you use really makes the difference. If you prefer the sweeter kind of sloppy joes then use a sweet sauce. I don't think ours had the depth of flavor the sweet sauce can add.
Siselyfynn 3y ago

Love these! Best Sloppy Joe recipe ever!!!!
mdsefcovic 3y ago

Very simple, quick and yummy! Will save this to make again:)
ant1122 4y ago

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