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. 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!

  2. 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.

    • lindsey

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

  3. Sarah

    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~

  4. Chelsea

    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.

  5. Belinda

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

  6. Cheryl

    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?

    • Marisa

      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)

  7. Veronica

    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.

  8. Kerry

    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.

  9. Judy

    Excited to make these. I always make the same Sloppy Joes, a sweet tasting recipe. Will give these a try. What BBQ sauce do you use? There are so many out there?

  10. roseroberson

    ifix the best sloppyjoes to day for dinner last night and boy it was the best in town,kepp the good work up.

  11. Rhonda

    Just made these tonight! As someone who grew up on the canned stuff I never liked Sloppy Joes…these….not even in the same category! SOOOOOO good! I LOVE them. Oh and my kiddos too :) I made the batch so I could freeze some and I’m excited for the next time. Thanks!

  12. Debbie

    Just tried this tonight. Great recipe. I like the taste of the barbecue sauce . Anyone would like this. Just use your favorite bbq sauce!