BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes made with a bbq ketchup mixture in less than 30 minutes will keep the summer bbq burger flavors going all year long.
BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes
The slow cooker shredded beef version of this recipe was a resounding and immediate hit on the site so I just had to share a sloppy joe version with you all as we are navigating through these 40 sloppy joe recipes.
The mix of the ketchup, bbq sauce, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce is the perfect combination to add just enough sweetness. If the mixture is too sweet to you you can also swap out the ketchup for tomato puree but the beauty of this is that sticky, sweet, cheesy mixture we all love in our favorite bbq burgers.
Can you add bacon?
I mean, yes. Please do. I do sometimes too because truth be told one of my favorite fast food burgers aside from The Habit and In-n-Out is a Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Top this sandwich with a couple of onion rings and two slices of bacon and you’ve create the sloppy joe version of the original … but much much tastier.
Can you swap meat?
Yes, we previously made a sausage version, but ground chicken, turkey or ground lean pork would work equally well with the recipe. This sauce is delicious on just about any protein you’d like to use.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH BBQ BEEF SLOPPY JOES?
We love serving side dishes with these sloppy joes that you’d classically serve with your favorite burgers including Crispy Sweet Potato Fries, Beer Battered Onion Rings and Loaded Garlic French Fries.
Tips for BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes:
- Make sure you cook the beef long enough that the onions are translucent.
- If you don’t want to drain the canned tomatoes go ahead and skip it but the mixture will take longer to cook down.
- If you are sensitive to how sweet bbq sauce and ketchup naturally are swap the ketchup for tomato puree.
- Don’t let the sauce reduce until dry, stop the cooking when it still looks nice and saucy.
- Sauce will continue to reduce even after you turn off the heat.
- You can add chunks of cheddar cheese instead of the shredded variety if you’d like (like in this Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes).
If you would like to add more vegetables into the recipe I’d recommend:
- green bell pepper, chopped finely
- red bell pepper, chopped finely
- zucchini, diced finely
- carrots (though these are naturally sweet so if you’re cutting back on sweet additions be careful)
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 40 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 the original sloppy joes on the site!
- In a large skillet add the beef and onions, cooking well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks for 5-6 minutes.
- Add in the canned diced tomatoes, beef broth, ketchup, bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce, cooking until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).
- Spoon the mixture onto the brioche buns and top with shredded cheddar cheese.