Homemade sloppy joes are perfect for busy weeknights! This copycat manwich sauce recipe makes this family favorite a quick meal in 10 minutes. No need for a slow cooker, just blend up and add to browned ground beef!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- From scratch is better than a canned sauce and has that delicious sloppy joe flavor!
- Doubles, triples and freezes well!
- Great way to have dinner on the table for your whole family in 10 minutes!
- Barbecue Sauce - use whatever brand is your favorite!
- Ground Mustard - If you find you're out of ground mustard a good squirt of regular yellow mustard will do in a pinch.
- Celery Seed - Please note, celery seed is not the same as celery salt.
- Tomato Sauce - I used plain tomato sauce without extra flavors added.
- Variations - This a pretty basic, kid friendly sauce. For a more grown up version sauté minced green bell pepper and minced onion with the ground beef as you are browning it.
How to Make
- Measure out and add the tomato sauce and bbq sauce to a blender cup (I love my bullet blender for this), or food processor.
- Add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, chili powder, ground mustard and celery seeds.
- Put the blender lid or food processor top on and blend very well.
- This easy recipe makes enough sauce for 2 lb. of browned ground beef or 2 lbs of ground meat of your choice.
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown 2 lbs of lean ground beef.
- Drain the excess grease.
- Using a wooden spoon stir the sauce into browned beef.
- Serve the sloppy joe mixture on buns with a slice of cheese!
- Store extra sloppy joe meat in the fridge in an airtight container.
- Pro Tip - The sauce freezes very well. Feel free to double or triple the amount. I generally only need 1 lb of sloppy joe so I divide the sauce in half and freeze half for next time. Freeze sauce in an airtight container in portions of 1 cup sauce per pound of ground beef you plan to use.
- Thaw in the microwave or fridge to use.
Recipe FAQs and Expert Tips
Yes, please do! Unless there truly is a minuscule amount of grease from browning the beef you're going to want to drain it. Excess grease thins the sauce and doesn't add to the flavor in a good way.
This recipe makes enough sauce for 2 lbs. of ground beef.
Yes! You can double or triple this recipe and freeze it! If your family is smaller you can divide the sauce in half. Use one half for 1 lb. ground beef and freeze the other half of the sauce for another time!
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Sloppy Joe Sauce without Ketchup Recipe
- 1 8 oz can Tomato Sauce
- 1 Cup Barbeque Sauce of your choice
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Celery Seeds
- ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground Mustard
- In a blender or food processor combine all the ingredients.
- Blend or process well.
- Mix into 2 lbs. of browned ground beef.
- Serve on buns!
- The sauce freezes very well. Feel free to double or triple the amount. I generally only need 1 lb of sloppy joe so I divide the sauce in half and freeze half for next time. Freeze sauce in an airtight container in portions of 1 cup sauce per pound of ground beef you plan to use.
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