BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe – the Best Weeknight meal!

The Best Weeknight meal - easy BBQ Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are a family favorite at our house, and this BBQ sloppy joes recipe is no different. Let me state though – We are not a fan of canned sloppy joes, we love homemade sloppy joes. You miss out on so much flavor and it is actually cheaper to just make it yourself.  I love them because they are easy to make and they are very frugal. This recipe cost me just $4 to make for my family of 6.

The rest of the family loves them because… well… they taste great!

I make different sloppy joes all the time. This time I decided to make a BBQ sloppy joe and it was a hit. My husband said it was his favorite so far.

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BBQ Sloppy Joes Recipe
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  • 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey (you could mix them too!)
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • ½ red pepper finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup of BBQ Sauce (any kind will do)
  • ¼ cup of Ketchup
  • ¼ cup of water (or vinegar)
  • hamburger buns and cheese to serve with
  1. In a Medium skillet brown the ground beef.
  2. Once browned, add in in the onions, red pepper, and seasonings.
  3. When soft mix in the BBQ, Ketchup, and water
  4. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
  5. Serve with cheese in hamburger buns.

These are so easy to make but they taste great! You can add in any BBQ sauce you have in your pantry for a different flavor – Honey BBQ, Mesquite Smoke, and the list goes on. You can try it with different sauces for the same great sandwich with a different twist.

If you don’t like onions and red peppers, you should still try to put them in. I use a chopper and they are so small no one even knows they are in there. However, you still get all that delicious flavor.

The results.

My pickiest child gobbled her sandwich up in no time and said it was the best dinner ever! I say that means this is going on our regular menu now. ;)

Is it frugal?

YES!  There is practically nothing to this sandwich. The BBQ sauce was free and the ketchup was only $.99 for the bottle. My hamburger buns were from the freeze when I got them on sale for $.49. All I really had to pay was for the meat!

The great thing is that you can feed an army with this meal.

Can you cook it in the crockpot?

Yes, of course. You just need to brown the meat and then toss everything else in. This is great if you are going to throw a party.

This is freezer friendly!

Make a double batch next time you cook dinner. Then freeze the left overs. All you have to do (on a busy night) is heat it up and serve on buns. I personally think these taste even better left over!


  1. Thanks! I will definitely have to try this.


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