Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are a grown up version of your childhood favorite.
Do you have certain childhood food memories? Certain foods that remind you of growing up and dinner time as a kid? Sloppy Joes is one of those for me. So when I had kids I assumed my children would also love them. I was wrong. So for many years I was deprived of one of my favorite childhood foods. But now that Jim and I are empty nesters, bring on the slow cooker sloppy joes!
My mom’s version included hamburger and the sloppy joe seasoning mix from the store that comes in the little envelope. But my slow cooker sloppy joe recipe is a bit more sophisticated. But it still has that familiar sloppy joe tang. I think you will love it and I think your kids will love it too.
Instead of hamburger I used a chuck roast and I cooked it in the slow cooker. And I added in a few carrots and green peppers which gives the sloppy joe some extra flavor and texture. Yum! They are just as sloppy as my childhood version but I love the flavor and texture so much better.
In addition to the traditional ketchup I add in a can of tomato paste to thicken the mixture up a bit. The sweetness of the sloppy joe comes from some brown sugar and the tang from worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard and some apple cider vinegar.
Cut up your chuck roast into one inch pieces and combine it in your slow cooker with everything else. I like to cook it on high for about 5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. You want the meat to be nice and tender and easy to pull apart with a fork.
After I shred the meat in the slow cooker, I let it cook for another 30 minutes or so until it thickens up a bit. You may still need to drain off a little juice.
Sloppy Joes earn their name. They can be a bit sloppy to eat. I actually prefer to eat mine as an open face sandwich and use a knife and fork!
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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes