What’s a Sloppy Joe to you?

How do make your sloppy joes? Laura talked of “Maid-rites” and Sue had heard of them but they weren’t made the same way.

I know they are made different all over the country and in Canada. Check out this simple google of sloppy joes. There are so many different kinds. I do know they vary by region.

How do you make yours and have you always made them like that?

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20 Responses to What’s a Sloppy Joe to you?

  1. SKL says:

    I’m not a big fan of meat – especially red meat in unhealthy quantities – nor of cooking – so I don’t actually make sloppy joes. If I had to, I’d buy a can of Manwich to mix with browned ground beef. Maybe I’d fry up some diced peppers and onions to mix in if I was feeling ambitious.

    • Laura says:

      No reason you couldn’t make it with ground turkey or chicken! I do that with tacos all the time.

    • Joy says:

      I do that all the time SKL too. I use pork and or turkey in stuff like this that has a lot of seasonings. It’s much healthier. The only thing I don’t like about the turkey is it crumbles up so much when it cooks. You need that for meatballs or something that you can “stick” together. For Joes or even in spaghetti, it gets too fine.

      • SKL says:

        I’m just not enough of a fan to justify the effort, personally. To me, eating a sloppy joe is like eating a burger or hot dog, which I never do at home. If someone else wants to serve it up at a picnic or whatever, I’ll eat it.

        • SKL says:

          I should note that I don’t even buy meat at the grocery store, so its not even in my fridge/freezer to begin with. I would have to plan ahead to make this, and it just isn’t likely to happen.

  2. Jenny says:

    This is how I make my sloppy joes- ground beef, onions, green peppers, brown sugar, tomato sauce & paste, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper. I think thats all…Haven’t used Manwich probably in years!!!

  3. Karen joy says:

    I’ve never made them actually.I can’t ever think of a time I’ve eaten it either.We mustn’t make that around here,or my fam doesn’t.Odd I think as I’ve always heard of it.

  4. Laura says:

    I make them differently every time. Usually start with ground beef (we use the leanest possible), with some garlic (of course), chopped onions, and maybe some chopped green pepper thrown in. Then I start adding “red stuff” – maybe some tomato sauce, brown sugar, a touch of liquid smoke, maybe some barbecue sauce. Some spices – salt, pepper. I just keep throwing things in until it tastes good.

    I serve them on burger buns, and I usually eat mine open-faced with cheese.

  5. Joseph says:

    Not that we’ve made it very much becuase it’s so similar to chili that why not just make chili (besides dumping the runny goo on a bun causes it to be soggy and gross, Ick!), but usually use ground deer hamburger (though this season we don’t have any) and just keep adding basic hodgepodge until it tastes good. No set recipe.

    • Joy says:

      LOL Joseph. We don’t make them runny. You can pick them up and eat them like a sandwich. You guys just don’t have these on the menu much.

      • Joseph says:

        It’s not soupy…just a really messy sandwhich.
        And no i haven’t added chilli seasoning. I guess the taste is different, but the consistency (at least with my thick chilli) would be the same. So why not just make chilli, which is better (MOO).

    • Joy says:

      These really also don’t taste like chili at all. It’s not the same flavor. It’s funny because the ingredients are all so much the same. It must be the seasonings. I don’t know anyone who adds chili powder. It’s got to be that. Good point that I never thought about.

  6. Joy says:

    Years and years ago I used to make them with a mixture of ketchup, mustard and a few seasonings. I think they were invented to stretch ground beef and make very cheap. Once I had the boys Jason ate a Manwich at Ryan McCoy’s house and he wanted them like that forevermore and since he was so fussy, I changed over because he ate then. I still do make them like that. I’d like to try Jenny’s recipe and hear more about these “Made-Rites.” What are they? I usually eat them open faced also just to avoid two pieces of bread.

    My mom grew up having Sloppy Joes made with Minestrone soup without the water added of course. That’s the Pennsylvania-New York area. That sounds nasty to me and I never ate them as a kid.

    • Laura says:

      Ah HAH!!! I finally figured it out. And found a story that goes in-depth.

      A Sloppy Joe, which can be traced back to a bar in Key West, called “Sloppy Joe’s”, is made with tomato sauce.

      A Maid-Rite (or “tavern”), which started in two separate places in Iowa – one at Ye Old Tavern (Sioux City/West Iowa) and by a Muscatine (East Iowa) Butcher which turned into the “Maid-Rite” – is flavored only by seasonings and occasionally mustard. It does not have Tomato Sauce.

  7. Nikki says:

    Sloppy joes, to me are, ground beef (or pork) with Manwich, on a bun. Sometimes I buy the seasoning packet, but not too often. We love them in this house. With some tots!!

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