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Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

Use pantry ingredients to make sloppy Joes that will please a crowd. My grandmother never used a canned mix for making hers. Here is Grandma’s Sloppy Joe recipe.

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Grandma's Sloppy Joes
Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

Canned Versus Homemade Sloppy Joe Sauce

I do not have anything against using the canned sloppy Joe mix.

While I have used it many times throughout the years, it is really just as easy to make using a few pantry staples.

My family just loves these.  Some people call these sloppy Joes while others call this BBQ. No matter which way you want to say it, these have a wonderful taste and they are super easy to make. Anytime you can use your pantry staples, recipes seem to be much more cost effective. So, save a few pennies with this Sloppy Joe recipe too.

BBQ Tastes From Childhood

When I want to remember the taste of Sloppy Joes from my childhood, that would be the Grandma’s. To be honest, I do not remember my mother making any Sloppy Joes. I have many warm memories of my Grandmother making them. When I was growing up, she would whip up a batch quickly and they always tasted amazing. We ate it on bread most of the time as she did not always have hamburger buns. To this day, I eat it both ways. My husband is a bun snob! He grew up only using buns for this; therefore, he complains if I don’t plan ahead and have buns on hand when I make this. 🙂

Make Your Own Family Memories

I hope that this recipe will be incorporated in your meal plan once in a while and that your family has many years of fond memories of your cooking too.

Quick, Easy, and Tasty Family Meals!

Grandma's Sloppy Joes
Grandma’s Sloppy Joes
Pair This BBQ with Amazing Potato Salad for a Delicious Family Meal.

The potato salad has been a family favorite for over 30 years. Every time that I attend a party, people ask me to bring this recipe. At our house, this simple meal of BBQ and potato salad is comfort picnic food.

Homemade Potato Salad
Homemade Potato Salad
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Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

My grandmother always made these BBQs. Back when I was growing up, not everyone had access to manwich. She made her sauce from scratch and it is just as delicious today using ingredients from your pantry.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, easy, game day, potluck, recipe, sandwich, Sauce
Servings: 8 sloppy Joes
Calories: 400kcal


  • 1 Tsp. Oil
  • 1 Medium onion any kind, diced
  • 2 Lbs. hamburger
  • 10 3/4 Oz. tomato soup do not dilute
  • 1/2 Cup Catsup
  • 3 Tbl. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tbl. brown sugar Heap and pack into tablespoon
  • 3 Tbl. rice vinegar (can be regular vinegar too)
  • 1 Tbl. Chili Powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet, add the oil and diced onion. Cook about a minute until starting to become translucent.
  • Add the hamburger. Salt and Pepper to taste. Break up during the cooking process so the hamburger cooks in small pieces. Once the hamburger is cooked, if there is a lot of grease, go ahead and drain and return to pan.
  • Add all of the other ingredients: Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, chili powder, tomato soup, and catsup.
    Cooking Sloppy Joes

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Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 933mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 5mg
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