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  • Writer's pictureBobbi Jo Lathan

Gimme Some Good Ol’ Sloppy Joes

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

Ain’t nuthin’ better, especially in the summertime, than a big fat Sloppy Joes on a bun! YUM! The kids love ‘em, the grown-ups love ‘em, and, shoot… I’ve even know one or two vegetarian friends love ’em! I know about the vegetarians cause I’ve caught them scarfin’ some down in my kitchen – when they thought nobody was lookin’!

And, I say: “Go for it!” Cause, honey, if you’re gonna fall off the vegetarian wagon for a day, what better way to do it than with some of these here dee-lish-us Sloppy Joes! Oh, and you may want to serve these babies up with some of my Spicy Sweet Potato Fries or regular french fries for all you non-Southerners! YUM!

Gimme Some Good Ol’ Sloppy Joes

Recipe by: Bobbi Jo Lathan

Recipe type: Entree

Cuisine: Southern


5 mins


20 mins


25 mins


1 pound ground sirloin

2 tablespoons of butter

1 small white onion (diced)

4 cloves fresh garlic (finely chopped)

½ fresh green bell pepper (finely chopped)*

1 can of tomato sauce (8 ounce)

⅓ cup ketchup

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 package of sandwich buns or Kaiser rolls (I like whole wheat buns with sesame seeds on top)

Butter (for buns when you heat ‘em) *Optional: some folks don’t like green peppers ‘cause they can "repeat on you."


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.

  2. Git your skillet out and place it on your stove over a medium heat.

  3. Add the butter to the skillet.

  4. As soon as it is all nice and foamy, add the ground sirloin and brown the meat. (If you used ground beef, you may have a lot of fat from the meat, so you’ll need to drain off or remove most of the fat with a big spoon, to avoid greasiness. That’s why I use ground sirloin!)

  5. Now, add the onions, green pepper and garlic and stir ‘til blended.

  6. Cook this mixture ‘til them onions and peppers git soft .

  7. After them vegetables is cooked, add the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, chili powder, salt and pepper.

  8. Stir ‘til it’s all blended and cook for about 15 more minutes. At this point you can taste it and see if you need more seasonings to satisfy your own taste buds.

  9. While that’s cookin’ in your skillet, git yourself a big cookin’ pan or cookie sheet.

  10. Butter the open buns and place them into the 400° oven on your cookie sheet. It should only take about 5 minutes for them to brown. After the butter has melted into the bun and they are browned, remove the buns from the oven.

  11. Once the meat mixture is cooked and all ploppy, take it off the burner.

  12. Slap some of that dee-lish-us Sloppy Joes Mixture onto each bun (Be generous!)and serve them babies up... YUM! Yes Siree!


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