Sloppy Joes (aka Beef Barbecue)

One of the summer dinners of my childhood was what my mother called ‘Barbecue’ or Beef Barbecue. It was better known as ‘Sloppy Joes’. It was so popular, that the Hunts Company created a sauce called ‘Manwich’. That sauce never made it from the A&P to my mother’s kitchen. Mom didn’t go for canned when she could make it herself.

This was her version of Sloppy Joes


Barbecue or Sloppy Joes 

1 pound ground beef, sauted with 1/2 tsp onion powder, salt and pepper to taste

15 oz can of Tomato Sauce

1/8 c Brown Sugar

3 tablespoons of commercial BBQ sauce (my favorite brand is STICKY FINGERS – Carolina Sweet.

Hamburger Rolls

Saute the meat until all the red disappears.add the seasonings. Stir in the can of tomato sauce, the brown sugar and the BBQ sauce. Simmer for ten minutes over low heat.

Spoon over the rolls, either on a half roll for a sandwich, or over both sides of the rolls as open faced sandwiches.


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One Comment on “Sloppy Joes (aka Beef Barbecue)”

  1. halfmoon_mollie Says:

    This is regional, I guess. My mother’s version did not include bbq sauce or sugar, and she always chopped onions and peppers to put in it. Great comfort food and even now, cheap. It can be made with ground turkey or ground chicken.

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