A Sloppy Joe is a sandwich made with ground beef, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce. You can saute chopped onions if you like, as they are a common ingredient. The meat is then sandwiched on a hamburger bun.
Its origin is typically credited to Floyd Angell’s Café cook, Joe, in Sioux City, Iowa. He is said to have added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwiches and it became popular.
There’s a second legend to the origin. The second one gives credit to Ernest Hemingway who is said to have enjoyed Sloppy Joe’s in Havana, Cuba. He convinced his friend Joe Russell who has a bar named the Silver Slipper in Key West. Apparently, due to selling liquor and seafood, the floor was always wet, and the customers liked to talk trash to Joe about how sloppy an establishment he ran.
The legend says Hemingway convinced Russel to change the bar’s name to Sloppy Joe’s and serve the sandwich, that may have been inspired by the Cuban dishes Ropa Vieja and Picadillo. The Silver Slipper (or is it Sloppy Joe’s?) is one of the top places to visit while in Florida.
Whichever legend you choose to believe, (I tend to be of the first origin of thought) it’s hard to disagree the Sloppy Joe’s are a delicious sandwich!
5-Ingredient Sloppy Joe’s
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Quick and Easy
Sloppy Joe’s Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
4 Hamburger Buns
Sloppy Joe’s Directions:
Make the Sloppy Joe: In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain the grease. Add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir until well combined. Heat over medium heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
Serve: Scoop meat mixture onto hamburger bun and serve.
Jazz It Up: Add 1 small chopped onion to the meat while browning.
Pro Tip: Toasting the hamburger buns in the oven at 350-degrees for 3 minutes will help keep the bun firm while eating.