The Best Sloppy Joes

Who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe!?! They are just delicious and were a staple in my home growing up.

We had these at our 4th of July BBQ and it was a hit! I found this recipe at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (one of my favorite foodie blogs) and it was completely gone by the end of the night… Everyone loved and devoured it!  I know this will be a hit with your family, too!


recipe from: Mels Kitchen Cafe

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
2 ½ lbs. ground beef
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2/3 cup BBQ sauce
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
8 to 12 potato rolls


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until it is finely crumbled, the liquid boils off and the meat begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Drain the grease off the meat and onions. Stir in the tomato paste, and keep stirring until the meat is coated. Add the BBQ sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. You can make the sloppy joe meat up to 2 days in advance and reheat it over low heat or in the microwave.

Wrap the rolls in aluminum foil and warm in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Serve the sloppy joes hot with the warmed rolls.

*Freezable Meals: The leftover sloppy joes can be frozen. Store it in a freezer-safe container and then thaw in the refrigerator prior to serving. Reheat on medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.


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  1. 1

    These look SO good and lucky us … I have everything already in my fridge/pantry!! Sloppy joes for dinner!

  2. 2

    I add just a little bit of dill pickle juice., Yummy!

  3. 3

    What brand of BBQ sauce do you use? These sound so good!

  4. 4

    I LOVE sloppy joes! Problem is, I think my family grew up eating canned sloppies and therefore, usually aren’t thrilled to eat them. I must make this version and convert them to the real deal sloppy joes because these look awesome!

  5. 5

    I had never heard of Sloppy Joes until recently. Would you like to link this in to Food on Friday: Beef?
    Hope you are having a good week.

  6. 6

    These look so great! For a second, I thought I saw bacon, and then I thought– how good would that be in a sloppy joe???

    • 7

      My experience is that the bacon gets soggy… little bit gross. Recommendation: cook separately and use as a topping.

  7. 8

    Yum! I am making these this week! Thanks Nikki for all the great recipes!

  8. 9

    Oh, we love a good sloppy joe around here too!! This does look super yummy…i can see why it all got eaten:-)

  9. 10

    Just made these and they are indeed the best Sloppy Joe’s I have ever made. I do make them often, as my 8 eight year old son is a huge fan. As a veggie, I substituted faux meat and it was greatly enjoyed by the whole fam! Thanks for sharing, off to a quick post-dinner clean up~

  10. 11

    Sloppy Joes are one of my favourites, but I’ve yet to find a favourite recipe. Going to give this one a try – pinned :)

  11. 12

    This looks good. thank you for a good recipe.

  12. 13

    These look deelish! I love to eat my sloppy joes with Frito corn chips on top of the meat!! Mmm, mmm, mmm! Excited to try these! Thanks.

  13. 14
    Belinda says:

    Sloppy joes are the meal I fix our first night of our beach vacation. You HAVE to toast the buns though! Oh so yummy!

  14. 15

    I make my sloppy joe the same way except I add brown sugar and only use worcestshire unless I have none then I use soy sauce…

  15. 16

    Since I’m only cooking for my husband and myself – 2 1/2 lbs of beef would be too much. (although I could freeze leftovers) but I usually only buy 1 lb beef at a time. Any idea on what the measurements would be on all the ingredients?

  16. 17

    Could you do these in the crockpot?

    • 18

      I make it in the crockpot, on low for 4-6 hours and just double the sauce and add some water (most will evaporate out)

  17. 19

    I made these last night and they were delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  18. 20

    I made these the other day. They were delicious. Thanks for another great recipe.

  19. 21

    What kind of BBQ sauce do you use?

  20. 22

    These were good with turkey, onion, carrot, and green bell pepper instead of the beef. Made a half batch and it was enough for 4. Left out the tomato paste.

  21. 23

    good but a little to sweet.

  22. 24

    These were ok. I had to modify the a bit because the soy sauce and worchestershire sauce were too strong of flavors (and I didn’t add a full1/4 cup). I added the whole can of tomato paste. That helped. Next time I think I will do 1tbsp of the two instead of 1/4 cup.