Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes

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Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes are the perfect gameday food for a crowd with a Guinness sauce and sharp cheddar cheese filling.

We’re fully on board the sloppy joe train and so far your reader favorites are BBQ Sausage Sloppy Joes and Bacon Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes. Keep the reviews coming!

Beer Bacon and Cheese Sloppy Joes Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes

Another Monday, another Sloppy Joe Recipe! If you want to see all the previous sloppy joes we’ve shared on the blog you can find them all here. We’ve been having such a good time with them (and I think I’m singlehandedly keeping my local baker busy baking brioche buns for me).

We were at Trader Joe’s a few months ago and saw they’d paired up their pub cheese with bacon in the cheese/meat aisle. I was holding a pound of ground beef in my hands when I saw it. This dish was such a natural fit I had a full on lightbulb moment. One quick text later inquiring if we had beer, I was ready to make these sloppy joes.

Bacon Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joe Skillet

In most of my sloppy joes recipes I try to hide vegetables in the recipe so I feel like a better parent (my working mom guilt is real). But these are geared to a more adult crowd so I skipped the veggies.

If you would like to add vegetables into the recipe I’d recommend:

  • green bell pepper, chopped finely
  • mushrooms, chopped finely
  • celery, chopped finely
  • carrot, chopped finely
  • canned diced tomatoes, water drained

Basically any vegetable that won’t add any additional sweetness that you can soften and brown in the bacon fat. I have used this recipe with mushrooms before and even carrots, both times were delicious.

Beer Bacon Sloppy Joes

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What goes good with sloppy joes for a side dish?

We love serving sloppy joes with Crispy Sweet Potato FriesBeer Battered Onion RingsLoaded Garlic French Fries or your favorite roasted vegetables.

tips for making these Beer, Bacon and CHeese Sloppy Joes:

  • Make sure your ingredients are ready ahead of time, don’t let the pan scorch.
  • Make sure you drain excess fat from the beef, I use 85/15 to minimize excess fat.
  • Stop cooking when its just slightly too wet still, it will thicken as it sits for a couple minutes.
  • If you don’t like beer, use 1 1/2 cups beef broth. If you love beer, ditch the broth and use double the beer.
  • If you want to meal prep just leave the sauce extra saucy before shutting off the heat. You may need a bit of water when reheating.
  • We love adding cheese to the mixture before serving. Just don’t add the cheese too early, add just early enough to allow it to melt slightly.

Sloppy Joes with bacon, beer and cheeseAre you going to join us and enjoy this recipe on Wednesday? Remember if you make this dish this Wednesday, we’ll be having the same dinner.

I’d love to know how it turns out for you so if you do make the recipe pretty please come back and leave a comment letting me know how you enjoyed them.

We put a ton of effort into recipe testing 35 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series! The reason we did (aside from the fact we LOVE them) is because you all have gone nuts for ALL 4 of the original sloppy joes on the site!

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Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina
Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes are the perfect gameday food for a crowd with a Guinness sauce and sharp cheddar cheese filling.

Ingredients

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large skillet cook the bacon on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes or until crispy but still bendable.

  2. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain all but two tablespoons of the fat.
  3. Add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.

  4. Add in the beef, lower the heat to medium and cook well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks about the size of a raspberry or small grape (don't crush the heck out of it, the larger crumbles will help give the sandwich stability).
  5. Cook until well browned (5-6 minutes), then add in the ketchup, tomato paste, Worchestershire sauce, dijon mustard, beer and beef broth.

  6. Stir well, continue cooking until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).

  7. The consistency you are looking for is reduced enough that spoonfuls can be placed on top of each other with the bottom spoonful not spreading more than a half inch or so.
  8. Add in the chunks of cheddar and cooked bacon crumbles a minute before serving and stir just slightly to melt them into little puddles.
  9. Toast the buns then spoon over the mixture and top with additional bacon (if desired).

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 979 calories, Calories: 979g, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 66g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Cholesterol: 283mg, Sodium: 1288mg, Potassium: 632mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 27.5g, Vitamin C: 5.2g, Calcium: 35.2g, Iron: 22.5g

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  1. Omg this looks amazing! Can not wait to go to shoprite for chop meat. I’m always looking forward to ur emails to try the next recipe. ?

  2. My mouth is literally watering. You’ve combined all of my favorite things into one sandwich! Can’t wait to make this!!!

  3. Oh my gosh. I just saw this recipe on foodgawker, and it sounds amazing! Can’t wait to get it into the dinner rotation.

  4. Oh my gosh, these look heavenly. These are on my list for dinner tonight. Going to the store right now to get ingredients. Thanks for posting.

  5. I’d like to make this ahead of time, would it sit well in a crockpot or what would be best if it gets too thick?

    1. It should be fine on warm. If you notice it getting too thick, give it a stir and add in a bit more broth and you should be fine.

    1. I’ve never tried it but I’m not sure if that much carbonation would make an issue or not. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out.

  6. These are the bomb! I did have to tweak a little because I didn’t have everything.. I used a lager instead of Guinness and no beef broth. My husband doesn’t like a real tomato-y sloppy joe so I omitted the tomato paste. Definitely toast the bun so it doesn’t get soggy… was so good!!! I will definitely make this again and serve with some beer cheese dip and pretzels perfect for your big game day!

  7. The BEST sloppy joe recipe! This will be the only recipe I use for sloppy joes from now on. My family really enjoyed eating it and yours will too.

        1. I haven’t tried it so I’m not sure if it would work. Usually you want to use a darker beer. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out.

  8. This recipe was amazing, it was a major hit with all of my family even my daughters friends that are extremely picky eaters. Can’t wait to try more of your amazing recipes.

    1. Depending on the fat content of your ground beef, you may have to. If you notice too much oil in the beef after browning, feel free to drain it.

  9. Made these for my son and I last night. I used Yuengling lager, rather than Guiness, and I was out of Worcestershire sauce so I used a balsamic vinegar that tasted similar. We both loved them! I ate two, against my better judgement, but I just couldn’t help myself. I expect they’re even better with Guiness. Despite the ketchup and tomato paste, these don’t have the tomato sauce taste that classic sloppy joes (like Manwich) have. It had what I can only describe as a savory taste. While eating them, I felt that I had to make these for other people. It’s one of those recipes that you feel you have to share. I definitely will make this again!