Sloppy Joes

Its a block buster Grand Final Weekend coming up in Australia with the AFL Grand Final being played for the first time ever outside the MCG and under lights on Saturday night and the NRL Grand final is on Sunday night. Whether you support either team one thing is a given and that is millions of Aussies will gather on both nights to watch the games.

Almost as important as watching the game is the food that you will have whether it be as your own family unit or together with friends and family. Traditionally major sporting events in Australia are usually accompanied by a BBQ in the backyard with family and friends.

In America one popular sporting event foods to serve (other than wings and hot dogs) is Sloppy Joes. Sloppy Joes is a quintessential meal based around minced beef. Popular from the 1940s and is said to be named after a cook named Joe from Iowa.

Our very much loved American Au Pair told our kids all about Sloppy Joes and having tried them myself in America we set about making them and the verdict was they were great!

Seriously why wouldnt Sloppy Joes be great in the eyes of kids! They have the perfect mix of being messy and oozy, sweet and savoury in every bite and a similar texture to a bolognese sauce.

The thing I like about Sloppy Joes is that they are quick and easy to make, definitely do not break the bank balance, easy to make a double batch to turn them into another meal and you can really pimp them up to make them gourmet.

Whether it is rolls or wraps the kids will love Sloppy Joes!

So this Grand Final Weekend why not make your own oozy batch of Sloppy Joes and team it with some brioche buns or artisan brad rolls, make up some salad or a colesalw and sit and watch the Grand Finals in style!

One last word from this Victorian living in North Queensland - Yellow and Black! (aka Go Tiges!)

Prep 10 min // Cook 20min


500g mince beef

½ capsicum diced finely

1 onion diced finely

4 cloves garlic minced

2 tbs tomato paste

1 tbs sweet paprika

1/4 cup tomato sauce

1 cup liquid chicken stock

1 tbs brown sugar

1 tsp mustard powder

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

Pinch chilli flakes (optional)

1tbs butter

1 tsp olive oil

Bread rolls (Traditionally they are a sweet roll but choose your favourite)


  1. Preheat oven grill, cut rolls in half and drizzle with oil and set aside.

  2. In a pan heat butter and oil over a medium heat and add the beef and break it into small chunks as it browns for about 5 minutes. When browned drain the excess liquid from the pan and transfer to a bowl.

  3. Add onion and capsicum and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add beef back to the pan and add the tomato paste and stir.

  5. Add tomato sauce, stock, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, chilli flakes (if using), sugar and paprika and stir well to combine.

  6. Cook over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes and while cooking grills the bread rolls until toasted.

  7. Remove meat from heat and serve in the toasted rolls!

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