SLOPPY JOES – a blast from the past

Hi there,

I haven’t thought about Sloppy Joe’s in years, but recipes for this sandwich seem to be having a moment right now. This used to be a regular weeknight meal in our home. It was another one of those dinners that my three sons could agree upon. It was usually served with Kraft macaroni and cheese. I know 😱, but I was super busy with those boys, and It was an easy, kid-friendly meal. I often made it on Halloween.

All these posts made me curious about the name. The sloppy part I understand, but who is Joe? Apparently, there is a Joe, and he was a cook in Sioux City, Iowa. He based his treat on the loose meat sandwiches that were popular in the 1930s.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe’s-a smidge healthier


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup low sugar barbecue sauce; Ray’s makes a delicious one
  • hamburger buns
  • cheddar cheese slices optional


  • Spray your slow cooker
  • Add ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Brown beef and turkey until it is still moist but crumbled. 
  • When beef and turkey are done, add minced garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Drain beef and turkey and add to sauce in the slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours
  • Toast your buns and serve with a slice of cheese if desired.

32 responses to “SLOPPY JOES – a blast from the past”

  1. A great standby! My kids, and hubby always liked these as well. My kids were raised on Macaroni and Cheese, (often from the package) and they are healthy adults now so it didn’t hurt them.

  2. It’s funny that you posted this, Bernadette, because I have been craving sloppy Joe’s lately! Hahaha
    I love the Erma quote. Did you attend the workshop event?

  3. I just made these last week for the first time in decades. It must be sloppy joe season, Bernadette. What a great idea to mix some ground turkey in there. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  4. Hi, Bernadette – I haven’t had Sloppy Joes since I was a child. We had them regularly and I loved them. I have just bookmarked this page to make them this week. Thank you for the trip down Memory Lane!

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