Crazy Delicious Party Sloppy Joes
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This easy, cheesy and most delicious Sloppy Joes recipe is a perfect way for a crowd to enjoy the pleasure of Homemade Sloppy Joes. And it’ll be on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes.
The Party Sloppy Joes are easy and fun to make, taste out-of-this-world delicious, and great for weeknight dinners as well as big parties! After our Philly Cheese steak Sloppy Joes received over 10 million views on Facebook, you guys have asked for another Sloppy Joes recipe that’s great for a party. I’m sure you and your family will also love this one!
These Sloppy Joes are made with ground beef and onions that are simmered in a rich homemade sloppy joe gravy. You can add the cheese and serve them on buns directly, or quickly bake them with melted cheese on buns. This is one of my favorite recipes, along with Party Lasagna, Taco Pasta, Beef Stew, Teriyaki Chicken, Cuban Sandwiches and Honey Garlic Chicken.
Select the Right Ground Beef for Sloppy Joes
Ground beef is made from leftover meat cuts, for example, ground sirloin and ground chuck. You can find this information on the package labels. You will also find numbers such as 80/20 or 90/10 on the label, which means meat to fat ratio. 80/20 ground beef means 80% meat to 20% fat. Usually the leaner beef is also more expensive.
For this recipe, I would recommend ground chuck as it is more flavorful with enough fat to make the meat juicy. You can use a wide range of meat to fat ratio, but just remember to drain the fat out if you are using the meat that’s fatter than 90/10.
When buying ground beef, make sure the meat has a bright pink color with proper cellophane wrapping. Also, remember to check the expiration date before you buy the package.
Select the Right Buns for Sloppy Joes
The right buns make a huge difference for this recipe. Soft sandwich buns work best, especially Brioche buns. It’s best to bake your buns with the beef filing and cheese, but if you are in a rush, you can quickly toast your buns.
Otherwise, your buns can quickly get very soggy. Another tip is to brush your buns with melted butter, which makes your sloppy joes extra delicious.
How to Make Sloppy Joes
This Sloppy Joes recipe uses real and simple ingredients in lieu of a store-bought Manwich canned sauces or the sloppy joe seasoning packets. Sloppy Joe sauce is usually slightly sweet, but you can control how sweet and salty you want when making your own sauce.
Step 1: Brown the Ground Beef and Onion
Place a cast iron skillet or large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with oil, and add the ground beef and diced onions. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the beef is browned and onions are translucent. Strain out the fat that accumulates.
Note: If you use the ground beef that’s leaner than 90% (90/10 meat to fat ratio), you might not have to drain the fat as there is much less fat accumulating.
Step 2: Simmer Beef Mixture in Sloppy Joe Sauce
Add in salt and pepper, brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire, vinegar and tomato sauce. Mix thoroughly and reduce the heat. Simmer and cook the Sloppy Joe mixture for about 6 to 8 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Note: Simmer your mixture until it’s thick but still moist. You should not completely dry out the sauce.
Step 3: Assemble Sloppy Joes
I highly recommend adding cheese to your Sloppy Joes, and quickly baking the assembled Sloppy Joes. Place the bottom half of the buns on a pizza pan (arrange them close to each other), then top them with the cooked sloppy joe mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. I used shredded Provolone, but you can use Cheez Whiz, American cheese or cheddar. Sliced cheese would work too. Top with the remaining bun halves, and brush with melted butter. Bake in the oven at 375°F for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Note: You can skip the baking process, and just toast your buns before adding the filing. Otherwise, your bun could easily get very soggy.
How to Serve Sloppy Joes
These Sloppy Joes are so delicious on the buttered and toasted/baked Brioche buns or hamburger buns. You can add pickles or potato salad on the side.
You can also serve the sloppy joe beef mixture with rice, baked potatoes, pasta or chips.
Tips and Secrets for Making the Best Sloppy Joes
- If your meat is not leaner than 90% lean beef, make sure to strain out the fat after you brown the beef.
- After you add all the sauce ingredients to the ground beef and onion mixture, do a quick taste-test. This Sloppy Joes recipe is slightly sweet, and you can add less or more brown sugar and vinegar to adjust to your personal taste.
- When you simmer the beef mixture with the sauce, make sure not to dry out the sauce. The best sloppy joes should have a thick but moist consistency.
- To make them extra delicious, add the sauced beef mixture to the bottom half of buns, add cheese, and then the top halves of buns. Brush with melted butter and bake at 375 F degrees for about 10 minutes.
You can cook the beef and onions, and add all the other ingredients except the cheese and buns. Let the mixture cool down and freeze it in a zip-lock bag. Thaw and bake in the oven later when you are ready.
How to Store Leftover Sloppy Joes in the Refrigerator
Place the assembled Sloppy Joes in airtight containers or zip-lock bags. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Reheat in the oven at 375 F degrees for about 10 minutes. Just remember that they taste the best when they are freshly made.
Key Ingredients I Used for Making Sloppy Joes
Worcestershire Sauce: it is an important ingredient and adds great flavor to this recipe.
Ketchup: Ketchup has its own flavor and adds more sweetness to the sauce. You can leave ketchup out and use tomato sauce only, but add more brown sugar and white vinegar to compensate. You can also use all-natural ketchup.
White Vinegar: If you don’t have white vinegar, you can replace it with cider vinegar.
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds sweetness to this recipe. You can add more or less brown sugar based on your personal preference.
Buns: Soft sandwich buns work best for this recipe, especially Brioche buns.
Watch How to Make Sloppy Joes:
Crazy Delicious Party Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 can tomato sauce, 8 oz
- 3 cups provolone cheese, sliced or shredded
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 10 -12 Brioche buns, or hamburger buns
- Preheat oven to 375°F, and set aside a pizza pan.
- Place a cast iron skillet or large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with oil, and add the ground beef and diced onions. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the beef is browned and onions are translucent. Strain out the fat that accumulates.
- Add in salt and pepper, brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire, vinegar and tomato sauce. Mix thoroughly and reduce the heat.
- Simmer and cook the Sloppy Joe mixture for about 6 to 8 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Place the bottom half of the buns on a pizza pan (arrange them close to each other), then top them with the cooked sloppy joe mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Add the top halves of buns and brush with melted butter.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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