Growing up and living in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, we have always called “Sloppy Joes” “BBQ”.  It is a quick weeknight dinner and great for parties too.  Also freezes well.  So cook yourself up (and your family) a double or triple batch of this very darn good “BBQ” and freeze the leftovers for an even quicker weeknight dinner or unexpected company. You’ll be glad you did!


2 pounds ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

½ green bell pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups ketchup

¼ to ½ cup water

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp onion powder

1 ½ tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

½ tsp Black Pepper

1 ½ tbsp. molasses

1 tsp Better than Bouillon Beef Base


Add ground beef to a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Cook until browned. Drain the fat and discard.

Add onions, green pepper, and garlic.

In a medium sized bowl or a 4 cup measuring cup, add ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, molasses and water (start with a 1/4 cup and add sauce to pan). If you feel it needs more broth, add a little more. Stir to combine and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve on brioche buns.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Gidaro says:

    Ah ha. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mistimaan says:

    Becoz I love your recipes


  3. Lisa Gidaro says:

    Cuz you say the same thing for everything — nice recipe

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mistimaan says:


    Liked by 1 person

  5. Lisa Gidaro says:

    Are you on robo respond or what?


  6. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe


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