Friday, February 4, 2011

Recipe Friday: Suzie's Sloppy Joe's

"Have some sloppy joes.  I made 'em extra sloppy for yous. I know yous kids like 'em extra sloppy." The lunch lady form the movie Billy Maddison

I love Sloppy Joes, and this particular recipe is for the crock pot.  Slow cooked and luscious, this dish, also known as a loose-meat sandwich, is sure to please the pickiest eaters!

After visiting the famous Sloppy Joes bar in Key West Florida, I assumed that that's where the name for the sandwich was born. Turns out, it's hard to pinpoint the exact origin.  According to Kerry's Island Kitchen, its history is full of contradictions.

The owners of a restaurant in Sioux City, Iowa, where the lose meat sandwich is popular, claim that they had a cook once named Joe, and  the sloppy sandwich was named after him.  And of course, Sloppy Joe’s in Florida says they coined the name.

What's in a name? Taste is what's important, and I can't wait until you taste these! Throw some together this weekend and enjoy!

By the way, I don't know who Suzie is, but this recipe comes from a great book purchase I made at the dollar store called Easy Home Cooking All New Slow Cooker.

Suzie's Sloppy Joes 

3 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cups ketchup
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
5 T Worcestershire sauce
4 T brown sugar
3 T perpared mustard
3 T vinegar
2 t chili powder
Hamburger buns

Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in small saucepan. Drain fat.

Combine ketchup, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and chili powder in slow cooker. Stir in beef mixture. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours. Spoon onto burger buns. Makes 8-10 servings.

I didn't know there were so many names for "the loose-meat sandwich" until I did a little research today.  For instance, in southern Illinois, it's called a Yip Yip, in Nebraska, a Yum Yum and in Northern Pennsylvania, a Wimpie.What are Sloppy Joes called where you live?

Tweet me @: maria_mckenzie. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!


Choices said...

I think I might try this with ground turkey instead of beef. Thank you for sharing.
Smiles to you.

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for the recipe! I've never actually had a "loose-meat sandwich".

Nas Dean said...

Thanks for the recipe. I think I might try this with minced chicken instead of beef. Thank you for sharing.

Madeleine said...

Not heard of a Sloppy Joe before. Bet my dad would just love one of those :O)

Melissa said...

Yummy! Sloppy joes! I haven't had one of these in forever!

Norma Beishir said...

A lifetime favorite--can't wait to make them in my crock pot!

Talei said...

That looks yummy, we're huge fans of homemade burgers! Happy weekend to you!

The Desert Rocks said...

My smaller crock pot wouldn't be able to handle 3 lbs of ground meat, but I think l pound of ground turkey, 1/2 an onion and a small bottle of BBQ sauce might work out well. Don't tell Suzie!

The Words Crafter said...

Hey! This should be fairly low in sodium....which means I can have it! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

William Kendall said...

I love sloppy joes!