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Slow Cooker Root Beer Sloppy Joes

The Sloppy Joe is a classic retro sandwich that graced many mid-century menus. If you grew up in the Midwest you might have called it a loose meat or tavern sandwich but regardless of the name, the Sloppy Joe has been a favorite for years. Its origin is somewhere between Sioux City, Iowa and Havana, Cuba with a variety of restaurants and chefs taking credit for its creation.

As a kid, I played the trombone and the Sloppy Joe Band Fundraisers was an annual event that kept our horns blowing. Today, just one bite of this iconic sandwich brings back a flood of childhood memories.

My Sloppy Joe is spicy and sweet at the same time. I love adding root beer, with its peppery notes, as it truly deepens its taste. And slow roasting in a Crock-Pot adds to the flavor and it’s a great way to serve it for an informal party or gathering!


Slow Cooker Root Beer Sloppy Joes

Makes 8 to 10 generous sandwiches


2.5 lb. ground beef

1 clove of garlic, minced

3 cups of yellow onion, diced fine

3 tablespoons olive oil

20 oz. ketchup

12 oz. tomato paste

3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

16.9 oz. artisan root beer

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon salt

? teaspoon pepper



In a large frying pan, sauté the garlic, and onion in the olive oil until transparent. Transfer into the Crock-Pot. Using the same frying pan, sauté the ground beef until cooked through and well browned. As the beef cooks, with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, break the ground beef into small bits. Drain off liquid and discard. Add the ground beef to the Crock-Pot and add all other ingredients. Mix well and heat 4 hours on medium high, stirring often.

Serve on hamburger buns or hard rolls. Then call me and I’ll be right over!

Slow Cooker Root Beer Sloppy Joes-Recipe
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