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Sloppy Joes

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Over the holiday weekend we smoked  3 pork shoulders, 2 slabs of ribs, and a beef brisket in our smoker. We actually made it into an all night party with some friends. They guys stayed up all night tending the smoker and the ladies sat around the fire  for awhile then went to sleep. The shoulders were smoked for 14 hours and they were incredible tasting. We had pulled pork the next day with the family. It worked out great because it was so hot on Monday afternoon and the cooking was already finished.

We had some leftover pork so I did an Internet search for a sloppy joe recipe and found lots to choose from. I picked this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I changed it a little, not much.

You’ll need:

2 pounds meat ( I used the pulled pork but you could use ground beef )

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup onion

1 green pepper


1 1/2 cups ketchup

1 cup water

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 Tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 tablespoons worcestershire

2 tablespoons tomato paste

Melt butter in fry pan or dutch oven. ( I started with a fry pan then switched to a dutch oven for more room half way through )

Add meat, onion,  green pepper and garlic to melted  butter. Saute until onion and green pepper are soft.

Add ketchup and water.

Add chili powder, brown sugar and dry mustard.

Mix then add tomato paste and worchestershire sauce .

Mix and simmer on low for at least 15 minutes.

I buttered my buns 🙂 and toasted them in a skillet. This way the juice doesn’t make the bun soggy.

They are ready to eat!

This was an easy recipe. I think it would be great with ground beef or ground turkey. It would freeze well. I didn’t have leftovers to freeze. I took the leftovers to work for the Doctor to share with his fiance. I love to share what I cook with others. 🙂

33 thoughts on “Sloppy Joes”

  1. Patricia P says:

    Oh, those look so good! I’ve never had pork sloppy joes, but this makes me want to give them a try.

  2. Evelyn says:

    Oh, I bet my sweetie would love to see your smoker! That sounds like so much fun, we love get togethers like that. And I can just taste your pulled pork!! Thanks, my friend for sharing again this week at Freedom Fridays:) Hope you are enjoying your weekend (do you have any smoked meat left over???) Lol
    PS I just grabbed your button for my side bar:)

  3. Maureen says:

    I’m here from Fabulous Friday and pinning this to try! Thanks. Following you in Linky.

  4. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti says:

    This looks really delicious!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Pat. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day 🙂

  5. Connie says:

    Looks yummy! I found you through GRAND Social and now I’m following you 🙂 Join me on Saturdays for Grandparent’s Say It Saturday link party.

    1. Diane says:

      Can’t wait to link up on Saturday and meet some new friends over 40…50…lol!

  6. Anne Mackle says:

    Hi, visiting from GRAND Social linky. I’ve never heard of sloppy joes but it looks lovely and has made me hungry.

    1. Diane says:

      So glad you stopped by. Hope you come back soon.

  7. debra says:

    oh my this is awful. Here I am eating some leftover noodle soup at my desk at work, on lunchbreak…and made the mistake of clicking on your photo and now all I want is that sloppy joe ! GOSH does that look good. I wish that was my lunch right this minute

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks so much for dropping by. I love noodle soup!

  8. Grandma Kc says:

    Just stopping by from Grand Social. I can’t even imagine smoking that much meat! Must have smelled heavenly! Your sloppy joe recipe looks great and now I’m starving!

    1. Diane says:

      So glad I found The Grand Social!

  9. Susie at Earning-My-Cape says:

    Mmmmm! Two of my favorite things in one dish!!! Why haven’t I thought of this???
    This looks awesome!!!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks. Stop back soon:)

  10. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    Sloppy joes (and stir fry) are my two go-to meals when I don’t feel like making anything else. This recipe looks SO much better than mine, though. I’ll have to try it next time!

    Thank you for linking up with GRAND Social!

    1. Diane says:

      So happy to have found your blog 🙂

  11. Christine says:

    OMG!! That sloppy joe must have tasted awesome!
    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) says:

    Thanks for sharing Diane!

  13. Carri Wright says:

    This look DELISH!! I love sloppy joes and this is so different than mine I am going to have to try it.. awesome… Thanks so much for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY….
    I’m your newest follower.. =)


  14. Angela @ says:

    Your sloppy joes will be featured this week for Functional Friday! Thanks so much for linking up!


  15. Meg @ Nutmeg Place says:

    These are making me drool! My hubby doesn’t like sloppy joes, there is just something wrong with that! I’m your newest follower via the All Star Block Party. Pinning this tasty dish!


  16. Sarah @ Nature's Nurture says:

    Mmmm… Diane, it’s midnight here and you’ve gotten me in the mood for a good ol’ sloppy joe! I’m pinning this for later, thanks for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday! Oh, and thanks for the tip on keeping the buns from getting soggy – genius!

  17. Claiming Our Space says:

    This looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

    1. Diane says:

      Thank you so much.

  18. Judy@Savoring Today says:

    I love the idea of smoked pork for sloppy joes instead of ground beef! Brilliant! These looks really, really good. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop.

  19. Melanie says:

    Looks amazing!! Thanks for linking this to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    1. Diane says:

      Hi Melanie. Thanks so much for dropping by.

  20. Michelle says:

    Diane, this looks delicious! I have never made sloppy joes but I will now 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great weekend.

    1. Diane says:

      You are so sweet. Thanks so much for dropping by. See you next week.

  21. Holly says:

    Now those look delicious! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!

  22. Jessi says:

    Mmmm I love sloppy joes! They are my fav! Thanks so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional, I’m going to have to try this!

  23. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers says:

    Your sloppy joes look great! What a tasty recipe, it reminds me of the way my mom used to make sloppy joes.

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