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Famous Sloppy Joes Recipe

Famous Sloppy Joes Recipe With Carolina BBQ Dry Rub

Revolutionize your mealtime with our Famous Sloppy Joes Recipe, featuring Carolina BBQ Dry Rub, a zesty twist that will tantalize your taste buds! Toast your favorite bread or buns, and serve the Sloppy Joes with a side of crunchy potato chips and refreshing coleslaw. Elevate your dining experience and enjoy this delicious, well-rounded meal that's bound to be a hit at your table!

Sloppy Joes


  • 2 lbs. ground beef or ground chicken

  • 1-1/2 cups onions, finely chopped

  • 4 tablespoons Carolina BBQ seasoning

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 7 oz. lemon-lime soda (e.g., Sprite)

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup

  • Bread or buns of your choice

  • Potato chips

  • Coleslaw


  1. In a medium-sized pan, brown 2 lbs. of ground beef or ground chicken with 1-1/2 cups of finely chopped onions. Allow the meat to cook until browned, and do not drain the fat for added flavor.

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of Carolina BBQ seasoning, 1-1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 7 oz. of lemon-lime soda (Sprite), 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, and 1-1/2 cups of ketchup. Mix these ingredients thoroughly until well combined.

  3. Stir the prepared mixture into the browned meat and onions in the pan. Ensure that the sauce evenly coats the meat, creating a rich and zesty base.

  4. Simmer the combined mixture with the lid on for about half an hour. This allows the flavors to meld and intensify, creating a delectable and savory consistency.

  5. Toast your preferred bread or buns until golden brown. This adds a delightful crunch to complement the saucy and flavorful meat mixture.

  6. Serve the Sloppy Joes on the toasted bread or buns, accompanied by a side of potato chips for a satisfying crunch. Add a refreshing touch with a side of coleslaw to balance the richness of the dish.

  7. Gather your loved ones, and savor the delightful combination of savory BBQ Sloppy Joes with the perfect blend of flavors. This meal is sure to be a hit at your table!

Suggested Sides/Wine & Drink Parings:

  1. Loaded Baked Potato Wedges: Roast thick potato wedges until crispy, and then top them with shredded cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, and a dollop of sour cream. The loaded potato wedges add a hearty and indulgent element to the meal.

  2. Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts: Roast Brussels sprouts until caramelized, and toss them in a maple glaze made with maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. The sweet and savory Brussels sprouts offer a flavorful and nutritious side.

  3. Creamy Coleslaw with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing: Toss shredded cabbage and carrots with a creamy dressing made with mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a touch of honey. The crisp and tangy coleslaw adds a refreshing element to balance the hearty Sloppy Joes.

  4. Classic Lager or Pale Ale: The malty notes and effervescence of a classic lager or pale ale can complement the rich and savory flavors of Sloppy Joes. The beer's refreshing qualities help cut through the richness of the dish. Choose a beer with a moderate hop profile to balance the sweetness of the this fabulious dish.

  5. Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon: If you prefer wine, a Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon can be excellent choices. Zinfandel, with its bold fruit flavors and slightly peppery notes, can enhance the flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, known for its robust structure and dark fruit undertones, pairs well with the hearty meatiness of the dish.

These additional sides contribute to a well-rounded and diverse dining experience when paired with Sloppy Joes. Enjoy your meal!


  • While the recipe provides specific measurements for seasonings, everyone's taste preferences vary. Taste the Sloppy Joe mixture as it simmers and adjust the seasonings accordingly. You might want a bit more sweetness, tanginess, or heat, depending on your liking.

  • The buns play a crucial role in the overall enjoyment of Sloppy Joes. Opt for high-quality buns that are sturdy enough to hold the saucy meat mixture without becoming soggy. Toasting the buns adds a pleasant texture and helps prevent them from getting overly soaked.

  • While the recipe suggests ground beef or ground chicken, feel free to experiment with other ground meats like turkey or even a meat substitute for a vegetarian version. Each meat imparts its own unique flavor, so choose what suits your taste preferences.

  • The sides mentioned in the recipe, such as coleslaw or roasted sweet potatoes, can often be prepared in advance. Having sides ready to go allows you to focus on the main dish when it's time to serve, making the overall meal preparation more efficient.


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