Sloppy Joes with a bbq twist. Sweet and savory with a little kick. Made easy with your favorite bbq sauce. Only 5 ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes.
BBQ Sloppy Joes are perfect for a little mid-winter bbq fix without having to fire up the grill. Also, there’s an ice storm predicted where I live so grilling isn’t relly an option right now.
Yep, good ol’ January in the mid-west. Ice storms are the worst. They bring everything to a standstill and often bring down power lines. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen.
I make sloppy joes with bbq sauce because my hubby HATES that stuff in the can. In almost 30 years of marriage I’ve never used it. Although I do, now and then, suggest it because the face (and sound) he makes is epic.
This sloppy joe recipe uses a somewhat unusual ingredient—canned corned beef. I know, weird right? But that’s how I learned to make it from my mother-in-law. Strange as it sounds, it really gives the sloppy joes a nice beefy flavor.
You can find it in the canned meat aisle of the grocery store where you find the canned tuna, canned chicken, etc.
Start by browning ground beef and corned beef together, breaking them up as they cook. Cook for about 10 minutes. The mixture will be a little pink from the corned beef. Then drain it.
Next come the green pepper and red pepper flakes. The red pepper flakes give the sloppy joes a little kick, but if you’re not into spicy just leave them out.
Cook for a few minutes until the green pepper is softened and the corned beef is well incorporated.
Then, pour in 2 cups of your favorite bbq sauce. Use bottled or homemade, whatever you like. Add enough water to make it your idea of sloppy perfection. I put in about 1/4 cup. Your mileage may vary.
Simmer for about 10 minutes so all of the flavors get acquainted. You can even toss it in the slow cooker on low for a few hours if you have time.
Add salt to taste and serve.
I like my BBQ Sloppy Joes with yellow mustard and lots of dill pickles on a sturdy burger bun.