Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes are quickly going to become a family favorite. They’re simple, quick to make, and will keep the deliciousness of summer BBQs going year round.
I’ve learned over the years that sloppy joes are a lot like candy corn. . . people either love them or hate them.
We are all sloppy joe lovers. They were always one of my go-to meals the many years I was in charge of book fair at our elementary school. I’d make the meat and throw it in my slow cooker to keep warm and head off to book fair.
Up until just about two years ago, we always went to my in-laws on Halloween and had sloppy joes, jello jigglers, chips and Banbury Cross donuts. Now that my boys are all older and none of them dress up, my MIL doesn’t do that anymore, so I’ve kept the sloppy joe tradition alive and we just chill at home eating sloppy joes and homemade donuts. Lots of people have chili, we have sloppy joes.
I’ve always made them the way I grew up having them, but decided to switch things up and go for a more BBQ taste. These turned out amazing and my boys literally couldn’t shovel them into their mouths fast enough. . .that really is no exaggeration — especially my son Taylor! Maybe it’s just because he’s happy to be home eating my cooking after being gone for two years (lol!).
CAN I USE DIFFERENT MEAT?
Yes, of course. Ground turkey or chicken work perfectly with these and are equally delicious. Just make sure to drain the meat well before adding the remaining ingredients.
DO I HAVE TO TOAST AND BUTTER THE BUNS?
If you ask me I’ll say yes, but it’s not mandatory. The buttered, toasted bun definitely takes these up a notch and makes them even more amazing, but they will still be delicious even if you don’t toast and butter the bun. Toasting them does help the bun not become soggy so quickly.
So I’d love to hear from you . . . are you Team Sloppy Joe or not?
- 1 1/2 pounds lean or extra lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 can (14.5) crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt & pepper to taste
- 6 hamburger buns, buttered and toasted
- 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Extra BBQ sauce for drizzling
In a large skillet add the beef, onion powder and salt. Cook until no longer pink and fully cooked. Drain any excess grease.
Add the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, ketchup, bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens up, about 6 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
Spoon the mixture onto the buttered, toasted buns and top and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Drizzle with more BBQ sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from Dinner then Dessert
OTHER SIMILAR RECIPES I KNOW YOU’LL LOVE . . .
Quick & Easy Sloppy Joes (my go-to recipe for years!!)