Sloppy Joe Recipe

This Sloppy Joe recipe is so simple and such a quick way to serve up a lunch or dinner.  Who doesn’t love a Sloppy Joe?  Even the kids won’t complain about this meal.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

I was curious how the Sloppy Joe got it’s name and found a couple articles that said a man by the name of Joe at the Floyd Angell’s Cafe in Sioux City, Iowa first created it during the 1950’s.  I also found another article that said it was named after a Green Bay Packer player named Joe Krzrwinski and was made with sausage in 1930.  Don’t know which is correct….. And does it really matter?  For all I know, it was created in 1900 by someone wanting to stretch the little bit of meat they had by serving it with bread and named it after their sloppy son, Joe.  Ha!

This all American sandwich isn’t something I make often, but when I do, I always wonder why I don’t make this every week.  Maybe it wouldn’t be as special then.  But it certainly is one of the easiest meals and everyone loves it.


I use my wok for so many recipes, but you can use a frying pan or a sauce pan.  Whatever works for you.

Sloppy Joe Recipe | Ingredients & Directions

1 lb. ground beef
1 T. oil
2-3 stalks celery with the celery greens
1 lg. onion
1-1/2 c. barbecue sauce
4-6 hamburger buns

Heat pan to medium or medium high and add oil.

Chop celery (separating the greens to be added later) and onion and add to hot pot.  Stir to make sure your oil is coating pan so your veggies don’t stick to pan.

Celery and Onions

When veggies are just slightly cooked (approx. 3 minutes), add ground beef.  Stir every minute or so to incorporate the celery and onions and to break up the ground beef to a crumbly texture.

Beef with celery and onions

I add the celery greens when the beef is just about browned since they cook so quickly.

Celery greens

When beef is thoroughly cooked, now would be the time to drain any extra grease.  The easiest way I have found is to pour all of the mixture into a colander that is sitting in a heat safe bowl.  After the grease drains from colander, pour beef mixture back into your hot pan.

Then add your favorite barbecue sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes or until it is completely heated.

Barbecue Sauce Cooked Sloppy Joe

You are now ready to make your Sloppy Joe sandwich.  Serve with some chips and a pickle and your meal is ready.

If you have a Sloppy Joe Recipe with a twist, I’d love to hear about it.  Please comment below.  And don’t forget to sign up for future recipes above on the right.  You can opt out at any time and I will not share any information with anyone.



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