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Quick and Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Updated on August 9, 2017
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Stephanie Bradberry is an educator herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She loves being a freelance writer and whipping up recipes.

Sloppy joe on brioche knot roll with a side of bi-colored corn
Sloppy joe on brioche knot roll with a side of bi-colored corn | Source

     Why buy pre-made sloppy joes or mix when you can easily have a better tasting one made fresh? Following is a recipe that works for traditional meat like beef. But the great part is the recipe is so simple that it works for low-fat and low-calorie meats. In parentheses are the types of ingredient I would recommend.

Quinoa bread
Quinoa bread | Source
Brioche knot roll
Brioche knot roll | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp oil (olive oil or canola)
  • 1 pound ground meat (turkey or buffalo)
  • 1 sweet onion (Vidalia)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Hamburger buns or bread

Meat cooking
Meat cooking | Source
Meat after adding sauce ingredients
Meat after adding sauce ingredients | Source

Directions

1. Heat oil in a frying pan.

2. Brown the meat.

3. Chop and add the onion.

4. Add garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, salt and pepper.

5. Stir until well combined

6. Serve on hamburger buns

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Helpful Information and Tips

  • Turkey and buffalo do not have a high fat content, so they need some help getting a good sear. But the benefit is you do not have to drain any fat while cooking.
  • I would not recommend using extra virgin olive oil, as it has a low smoke point and has a distinct, stronger flavor than the ones listed above.
  • While ground turkey is easy to find in major stores, ground buffalo meat can be found at stores like Wegmans.
  • I like Vidalia onions because they are sweeter than other onions.
  • One tip I have is to use a measuring cup once you get to step 4. This keeps you from measuring over the pan (potentially adding too much that you can’t take back out) and ensures more even incorporation of ingredients by stirring with a spoon before adding to the pan. Also, it is easier to pour all the ingredients in at once with no mess.

Great Resource

http://www.jhbuffalomeat.com/whybuffalo.php

Gives chart comparison of calories, fat, and cholesterol for different meats.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi trusouldj,

      Ummm, that's sort of the point. Hopefully after seeing a dish or reading about it you are inspired to eat it, make it or both. I am glad my recipe got you hungry. Now go and make it!

      Thanks for reading.

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      Ok Lady, you're really making me hungry right now. Stop it. :)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi again kenneth avery. Well stop slobbering and start cooking!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Steph, each time I read this, I get famished. Today is no different.

      Kenneth

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Kawi. The recipe is really simple, so you will be making this in no time based on the really interesting recipes you have.

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      KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nice Job Stephanie, I love a good sloppy joe recipe. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the easy to follow directions, and a nice layout. Peace. Kawi.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank you, Dear Stephanie. The food tonight at Huddle House was good, but honest, not as homemade-tasting as mine. LOL.

      Kenneth

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh, Kenneth. You are too funny :)

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Stephanie . . .today is Friday, February 24, this morning when my wife left for work, she said that we would eat out tonight, so there goes any chance of me cooking her a Friday night, get-off-the-feet meal. I didnt argue. Im not a fool. LOL.

      Talk to you later.

      Kenneth

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      My, my. You are just on a roll with cooking!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Good Friend, Stephanie . . .I agree with you. I can eat moderately-hot foods, but not hot enough to kill you. Last night, get this, I made Cajun rice...not that spicy, with diced-up fresh fried potatoes with beef/veggie soup on top to slowly simmer. I admit that the potato dish didnt look good, but somehow, with Gods grace, it was delicious, my wife said. I asked her to just be honest and she gave me "that" look which meant . . .its good. And I left her alone.

      Kenneth

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      No, no, no, Kenneth, you don't get it. I only graduated to table pepper a few years ago. And my husband for several years literally would only walk the canister of white pepper by the pot. People swear red bell peppers are sweet. I think they are still spicy. So...no banana peppers for me. There is only once spicy dish I would tolerate because it was so good otherwise, the crab sauce at a restaurant that is now closed. So, still no peppers or pepper for me. But I am getting better.

      I am slowly sharing recipes. The problem is I have stopped measuring things over the years. So, it takes time to go back and but a numeric value on ingredients.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Steph . . .okay, dont use the hot garden pepper, switch to the NON-HOT banana pepper . . .it too has the pepper taste to boost the onions inside the bread. Wow, I told my wife about the hot buttered pancakes with orange squeezings and she was concerned..."Did you actually "SEE" this somewhere," she asked. "Yes," I replied clearly. Like a good husband. "On the Food Network by Bobby Flay. He is da man." But soon, Steph, YOU will be da girl...you have more cooking experience than "I." Would you share your recipes?

      God bless you richly,

      KENNETH

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Kenneth, you certainly have created a monster--one that is green with envy. And that monster is me. Everything sounds so good, except for the green peppers :)

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Stephanie . . .today, February 18, was the 2nd Sat. in a row that Ive made breakfast....of course with God's merciful hand on me. Wife loved it. None of it was left over. Next: scratch biscuits, cornbread....with hot green peppers, onions, and pancakes with melted butter mixed with orange squeezings...not from the jug, but by hand...I think that Ive created a monster.

      Thanks for allowing me to be in your world.

      Kenneth

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello again Kenneth! You are quite welcome, but you got the ball rolling with our online friendship. I am glad you found me. Following is the least I could do :) Enjoy your upcoming meal. Wish I was there for it!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Stephanie,

      Thank YOU, Dear Friend, for your humble comments and for the follow, which in the next few days, be looking for a Personal Note of Thanks I am sending to Thank YOU for following me. That gesture is that important to me. And Saturday, Im preparing a family fave: chocolate gravy, hot biscuits and some trimmings for my wife of now going on 37 years. And she isnt arguing about "ME" being in the kitchen. What a lady!

      You, my New Good and Talented Friend, Have a Peaceful Day!

      Yours in Christ,

      Kenneth

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello right back at you Kenneth! Thanks for such a glowing comment :)

      My husband also loves to cook. It got to the point that we used to argue over who was going to cook for the night. So then we settled on one person would make the meal and the other would make dessert. He is a really good cook and I learned a lot from him...he is much older than I am (actually, he is not much younger than you are!).

      Sloppy Joes can always bring a smile to someone's face. Btu they are special to me because they let my husband and I know we were soul mates. One day we were not sure what to eat and had never eaten sloppy joes together. We both took out a piece of paper and wrote down what we felt like eating...and we both wrote down sloppy joes. Crazy but true.

      I will gladly follow you Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Stephanie! I literally LOVE this hub. You are a girl after my own heart. Im a 58 year old male who loves to cook for his wife. I find that "MEN CAN" if they apply themselves, cook! What a breakthrough. And Sloppy Joes is my favorite. Thanks!

      2/15/2012

      and on this date, I give you this note: a fantastic hub here. Voted up and all across. Well-written with pefect graphic at top. Made me very hungry. Im glad to meet you on hubs, and look forward to more of your hubs. I invite you to check out my hubs--if you need a good laugh. And I would love for you to be a follower too so I can keep close to a true talent and learn from you. Very Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small northwest Alabama town that Norman Rockwell would have loved to painted on a magazine cover.

      I will be looking for you and do keep great hubs LIKE THIS ONE coming.

      Your friend,

      Kenneth