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Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

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  • Author: Brown Sugar Food Blog | Nicole Washington


  • ¼ cups Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 pound Ground Angus Beef
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • ¼ cups Red Wine
  • ¼ cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Jalapeno Peppers, Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder
  • ¾ cups Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ½ cups Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce, Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole Hawaiian Buns
  • 1 quart Canola Oil
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 3 cups Vidalia Onions Or Another Sweet Onion Cut Into Half Moons Or Rings


  1. For the Sloppy Joes:
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the oil. Add the peppers and onions and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
  3. Add the beef and Italian sausage and cook thoroughly. Break up the meat while cooking. One the meat is complete, add the garlic and stir. I did not drain the grease but if there is a lot of grease, go ahead and drain some of that excess grease out.
  4. Stir in the wine and the remaining ingredients (except the rolls). Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until mixture thickens. I would allow it to simmer as long as possible. The longer the better.
  5. Serve on rolls with onion rings/straws.
  6. For the onion rings/straws:
  7. In a medium heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil to 350ºF.
  8. Whisk together the eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Mix the flour, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, and salt in another.
  9. I cut the onions as rings but you can cut them as half-moons. Soak the onions slices in the egg-milk mixture for 10 minutes. Shake off the excess liquid and dredge them in the flour. Add them to the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove and turn to paper towels. Repeat with the remaining onion slices.