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Minnesota Cooking: Sloppy Jo's for the Crock Pot

Updated on May 22, 2017

Mine Are Ground Beef

Since I am making a crock pot full of Sloppy Joes and using six pounds of ground beef, I am starting by browning the burger.

I have the burger in two pans. I added a cup of water to each pan and lightly dusted the surface of the burger with Lawrys Seasoned salt. Medium heat. I used my star flipper to cut the blocks into smaller chunks.

I added the cover and I'll let them steam and fry, probably for a good 15 minutes. I'll cook them until the ground beef changes color from red, to a dark grey color.

Stir While You Cook

Every once in a while, when the meat changes color, I'll open the pan and stir the beef around, using the star shape to break the chunks down smaller.

The cupful of water I added seems to help with steaming and with keeping the burger from sticking to itself. The main thing is to get those bigger chunks broken into the small pieces that they were when the butcher ground them into burger.

The Sloppy Jo Mixes

I got two different types of sloppy jo mixes. I got three cans of sauce and four packages of dry mix that is supposed to be mixed with water and tomato paste.

I'm going to skip adding water and tomato paste and I'm going to use the sloppy jo sauce as my water. Substitute, substitute, substitute.

Actually, I did buy some Campbell's Chicken Gumbo soup to add to the mix.

Merge into One Pan

I added my sauce packs and my soup mix and my sauce cans to my pans and then, poured the second pan into the first pan.

I was going to stop there and finish cooking it on Saturday, when the party is, but decided to merge it now and simmer for 10 minutes

Just to be sure. The flavor is pretty good.

Things I Could Have Done

I could have mixed my own Jo mix, using ketchup and mustard and worchestershire sauce, and perhaps some extra barbecue sauce, but, I think I like the combination of ingredients that I used for these.

I'm sure people will eat them.


I am having some issues with my camera and a lens problem. So, I have to to get a different camera.


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    • firstcookbooklady profile image

      Char Milbrett 11 months ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for your comment, Larry Rankin!

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      I love crockpot recipes!

      Great read.