Root Beer Sloppy Joes are a quick, easy kid friendly dinner. Tasty sandwiches slathered in tangy sweet homemade BBQ sauce, topped with crispy fried onions!
We’re back with another mouthwatering Sloppy Joes Recipe to add to your weeknight dinner rotation! The whole family will love this sweet bbq sauce upgrade to Ultimate Sloppy Joes.
ROOT BEER SLOPPY JOES
This is a delicious, family friendly dinner recipe that you (and the kids) won’t be able to get enough of! The sweet and tangy BBQ sauce is so good you’ll want extra on the side to dunk your Joes in. Plus it’s made completely from scratch, with no ketchup, so you can feel good about the kids gobbling it up.
If you’ve never had a soda pop BBQ sauce, these Root Beer Sloppy Joes are about to rock your world! The root beer gives a warm caramel flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. Combined with the savory onions, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce, you get a perfectly balanced mild barbecue Sandwich Recipe the whole family will love.
The homemade Root Beer BBQ Sauce is the best part of these delicious sandwiches! It is easy to make and has so much flavor. That being said, it does take about 45 minutes to prepare so be sure to give yourself the extra time. You can use it as soon as it is done cooking, nice and hot.
If you know you won’t have extra time to make the BBQ sauce and Root Beer Sloppy Joes at the same time, make the sauce the night before. Or if you are really busy at dinner time (who hasn’t been there), make these Root Beer Sloppy Joes in the slow cooker. You don’t even have to prep the sauce ahead. Simply dump all the ingredients over the browned meat, stir, and dinner is ready when you get home.
Sweet and savory flavors of Root Beer Sloppy Joes go perfectly with sweet potatoes, so serve them with Sweet Potato Fries. For a backyard barbecue style dinner, serve these Root Beer BBQ Sloppy Joes with Coleslaw and Mac and Cheese. Then treat everyone to root beer floats for a fun summery dessert!
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VARIATIONS ON ROOT BEER SLOPPY JOES
- Pork: Root Beer BBQ Sauce tastes amazing with pork, so substitute 1 pound ground pork for the ground beef. You can also use ground chicken or turkey too.
- Wraps: Hamburger buns aren’t the only way to serve these delicious BBQ Sloppy Joes. Serve them in flour tortillas or lettuce wraps.
- Onions: If you have a little extra time, swap out the canned French’s Fried Onions with these easy homemade Crispy Onion Strings!
- Barbecue Sauce: You can substitute bottled barbecue sauce if you need to. Replace the 1 cup Root Beer BBQ sauce with 1 cup store bought BBQ sauce and ½ cup root beer.
- Spicy: If you want Spicy Root Beer BBQ Sloppy Joes, add a can of hot diced green chiles, 1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce, or ¼ cup of your favorite hot sauce.
Slow Cooker Root Beer Sloppy Joes
- Brown the ground beef, onions, and bell peppers with salt and pepper in a large skillet until no longer pink.
- Drain beef and veggie mixture and add to the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except buns and fried onions, to the crockpot and stir well.
- If you have not made it ahead, add all the ingredients from Root Beer Barbecue Sauce along with beef broth, tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Secure lid on slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
- For a thicker sauce, cook uncovered on high for an additional 30 minutes.
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HOW TO STORE ROOT BEER SLOPPY JOES
- Serve: Serve Root Beer Sloppy Joes warm and keep at room temperature for no more than 2 hours.
- Store: Place Root Beer Sloppy Joe mixture, without fried onions or buns, in an airtight container and refrigerator up to 4 days.
- Freeze: Cool the meat mixture completely before freezing Root Beer BBQ Sloppy Joes in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef , 85/15
- 1 yellow onion , diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper , chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes , drained
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup Root Beer BBQ Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup French's Fried Onions
- 6 brioche buns , toasted
- In a large skillet add the beef, onions, green bell peppers, salt and pepper, cooking well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks for 5-6 minutes.
- Add in the canned diced tomatoes, beef broth, 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 French's Fried Onions.
I have made this before on the stove. But we want to try the crockpot version. One thing I’m confused about: this recipe makes 6 servings, but the recipe for the sauce makes 12 servings. Do we need to double the ingredients from this recipe so there is enough meat, etc for the full root beer bbq sauce?
I’m not seeing that when I look at the recipe. Please note that in the recipe you can adjust the yield which will, in turn, adjust the amount of each ingredient. Hope this helps, good luck!
Definitely family friendly. Mine gobbled this up! So tangy and good!
I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!
The root beer sauce is so good over the beef! Loved how easy this is to put together!
Thanks for the 5 stars, Suzy.
I don’t see the recipe for the Root Beer bbq sauce.
Sorry about that. I’ve linked it in the recipe card. If it still glitches, you can alway search use the search bar on the site to locate it but hopefully it sticks now. Thanks for letting me know it was missing. Enjoy!
I never knew there were so many variations to Soppy Joes! But, Sabrina, you make each and everyone look so darn scrumptious! Has my mouth watering right now, lol. Which one do I choose, which one do I choose?? Welp guess it’s the tried and true method of … eenie, meenie, miney, moe! Lol! Thank you Sabrina for all of your hard work, LOVE and dedication that you put into each and every recipe that you share with us! You make the world a deliciously better place! Keep them coming, please Ma’am! ?
Thanks, Cathy. I’m so glad it’s hard to choose a favorite, haha!