Try this amazing BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe! If you are looking for a new sandwich recipe, then this bbq sloppy joe recipe is perfect for you. This BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe is one of the most incredible and simple and it’s easy to see why.
BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe
The bbq sloppy joe recipe is one of the most popular sandwich recipes out there. If you are a fan of sloppy joes then you are going to love this BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe. They are just as sloppy and delicious but with the flavor of BBQ sauce.
I never had sloppy joes growing up. I know shocked what American kid didn’t grow up eating sloppy joes? I finally had one when I was in high school and I was hooked! I love to come up with different flavors of sloppy joes to change things up. If you are a fan of sloppy joes then you are going to love this BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe.
What do Sloppy Joes taste like?
Sloppy Joe is a sandwich that uses ground meat, onions and a tomato based sauce. Depending on the spices used, because each recipes varies slightly, the flavor is different depending who makes it. With this recipe, you get a sweet, flavorful mixture of ground turkey, onions and BBQ sauce that combines perfectly.
Can you use a different meat?
I am using ground turkey with my BBQ sloppy joe recipe but you can use other ground meat recipes. Many people use ground beef, but ground pork is also an option. I have even made sloppy joes using ground sausage too.
What to Serve with Sloppy Joes
There are lots of side dishes that pair well with Sloppy Joes. I like to change tthings up since there are so many different side dishes that pair well witht hem. If you are looking for side dishes for sloppy joes, check out some of our favorites.
- Parmesan Garlic Sweet Potato Fries
- Classic Potato Salad
- Pasta salad with tuna
- Egg Salad Macaroni Salad
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Microwave Sweet Potato
- pasta salads
- fresh salads
- Homemade potato Chips
- Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots
- Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella sticks
- Air Fried Pierogies
What is the difference between a Sloppy Joe and Manwich?
Sloppy Joe has been around for a long time. Supposedly it was created by a man named Joe who added cooked ground meat to a tomato sauce and served it at the diner where he cooked. The sandwich took off and because of the mess it creates when eating, Sloppy Joe was born.
Manwich is a brand name of a premade sloppy joe sauce. The sauce is already seasoned and ready to go. This is like using a seasoning mix when you are making meatloaf or adding flavor to a roast. It comes with the seasoning and the tomato sauce in a can that you can pour into the meat. While it is tasty, it will never be the same as making this BBQ Sloppy Joe from scratch.
Other Ways to Make Sloppy Joe
I am making this bbq sloppy joe recipe in a frying pan, but there are other ways that you can make it. You can make it in the slow cooker and the Instant Pot. You will use the same basic recipe, but you will cook it in a different way.
Making Sloppy Joe in the Crockpot
The nice thing about making BBQ Sloppy Joe in the slow cooker is that you can get the deep flavor that only comes with slow cooking meat. It adds a lot of rich flavor. The meat will also have a soft texture because it has slow cooked and absorbed the sauce. If you are making this in the slow cooker, you need to brown the ground turkey first. Then you will drain any fat from the meat and place it in the slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and then cook everything on low for about 4 to 6 hours. You can also cook it on high for 2 to 3 hours.
Making Sloppy Joe in the Instant Pot
Everyone knows that the Instant Pot gives that same long slow cooked flavor but it only takes a few minutes. To make BBQ sloppy joe in the Instant Pot, you will want to cook the turkey until it is cooked through and drain any fat. Add all of the ingredients to the pot and mix it all together. Place the lid on top of the pressure cooker and make sure it is set to seal. Pressure cook the mixture for 10 minutes and then allow for a 5 minute natural release. Stir everything together and then you are ready to serve.
How to Store Leftovers
When you have leftovers of this BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe you will want to make sure to store it in an airtight container. You can also use a freezer bag. Keep the leftovers in the refrigerator. It will stay good for about 5 days. If you will not finish the sloppy joes before it goes bad, you can move it to the freezer.
Can I Freeze Sloppy Joe Meat?
BBQ Sloppy Joes can be stored in the freezer to keep it on hand. It is also a great way to prevent the meat from going bad. Make sure to remove the air from the freezer bag or place a layer of plastic wrap over the meat in the container. This helps to prevent freezer burn.
How to Reheat BBQ Sloppy Joe
If you are going to eat leftovers, you can reheat them the same way that you made it. Add the mixture to a saucepan and heat it over medium heat. Stirring every few minutes so that nothing sticks or burns. Once heated through, you are ready to serve. You can also reheat smaller portions in the microwave. Start with a short amount of time, stir and then reheat more if needed. This prevents it from burning.
BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe Ingredients
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 pound ground turkey or beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe Directions
In a large saute pan, over medium high heat add the oil, ground meat, onion, and garlic.
Break up the meat with a wooden spoon and cook until browned.
Drain the meat from any extra oil by place on a plate with paper towels.
Place the meat back into the pan.
Mix in the tomato sauce, sugar, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Serve the mixture on the buns with lots of napkins.
Easy Dinner Recipes
- Tuna Melt Stuffed Peppers
- Slow Cooker Corned Beef and cabbage
- Lasagna stuffed peppers
- Slow Cooker Stuffed cabbage rolls
BBQ Sloppy Joes
- In a large saute pan, over medium high heat add the oil, ground meat, onion and garlic.
- Break up the meat with a wooden spoon and cook until browned.
- Drain the meat from any extra oil by place on a plate with paper towels.
- Place the meat back into the pan.
- Mix in the tomato sauce, sugar, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve the mixture on the buns with lots of napkins.