Bacon Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes

Bacon Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes

Bacon Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes are the perfect sloppy joe with garlic, salty bacon and sweet brown sugar. This will be your new favorite sloppy joe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes, easy, ground beef, one pan, sloppy joes, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 785 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 pound thick sliced bacon chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85/15 fat content)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 brioche rolls
  • Bacon slices optional
  • brown sugar optional
US Customary - Metric


  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 reserve about 2 tablespoons of the oil to cook the onion, garlic and red bell pepper.
  3. Once softened 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).
  4. Cook until well browned (5-6 minutes), then add in the paprika, tomato paste, tomato sauce and brown sugar.

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

  6. 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.
  7. Add the bacon back in.

  8. Toast the buns then spoon over the mixture and top with additional bacon and sprinkle of brown sugar (if desired).
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 785 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 1201mg52%
Potassium 1208mg35%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1850IU37%
Vitamin C 51.7mg63%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.