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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Growing up, Sloppy Joes were on our supper rotation about every 8 weeks or so. My mom used the canned sauce. I’m really not sure why she didn’t make them homemade because she was a wonderful cook. I haven’t bought the canned kind in at least 10 years. Homemade is so much better. Sloppy Joes are great for a large crowd, and everyone loves them. I like to make a batch of Rotel cheese dip to serve alongside mine, and skillet grilling or toasting the hamburger bun is a must.

Homemade Sloppy Joes


2 pounds 80/20 ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 14.5 ounce can tomato sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


In a large skillet, brown the meat. Drain off the fat and then add back to your pan. Add in the onions and cook about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook a couple more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan. Simmer about 30 minutes. Adjust your seasonings. Add a little water if it’s too thick.

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Lou and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Friday Night Porch Parties have been a party of our family life since the beginning. It's my favorite night of the week.


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