A sloppy joe is a thick, rich, messy but supremely delicious sandwich. It’s made of ground beef, onions, ketchup or tomato sauce, Worcestershire, and various other seasonings, all of which are placed in a bread roll.
American cookbooks during the early 20th century featured a number of recipes similar to today’s sloppy joe. They go by names like Beef Mironton, Chopped Meat Sandwiches, and Toasted Deviled Hamburgers, among others.
According to Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz Company, the sloppy joe originated from “loose meat sandwiches” sold in Sioux City, Iowa during the 1930s and were created by a cook named Joe.
The term ‘sloppy joe’ previously referred to any cheap restaurant or lunch counter serving cheap food quickly. Today, it’s a sandwich staple.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a sloppy joe:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 pack dinner rolls
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Sesame seeds