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Every once-in-a-while I get a hankerin’ for a big ole messy Sloppy Joe sandwich. I ate them often as a child. My tastes have changed since then, so the versions of Sloppy Joes I eat now are quite different. But, they are still super yummy, and just as importantly, messy. They don’t call them Sloppy for no reason, ya know? Big Daddy’s Sloppy Joe sandwich is the grown-up version of my childhood favorite.
The original version of this recipe for a Big Daddy’s Sloppy Joe sandwich came from Aaron McCargo Jr, one of my all-time favorite chefs on the Food Network. Chef McCargo always created food with bold flavors, which is why I liked him. If you find a recipe of his I suggest you make it because it’s guaranteed to be delicious.
I like to use my good ole trusty Dutch oven to make this soup and pretty much darned near anything like it on my stovetop. It’s nice and big and sturdy. That extra weight helps it maintain and distribute heat perfectly. As an added bonus, it’s actually pretty easy to clean up too!
Speaking of the Food Network, check out my list of the funniest quotes from one of my favorite shows, Carnival Eats!
Big Daddy’s Sloppy Joes
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add ground beef, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until meat is nearly cooked.
- Drain most of the fat.
- Add the remaining ingredients except for the buns. Stir and cook until the beef is browned and the vegetables are somewhat tender.
- Serve over hoagie rolls.
Nutritional values are approximate.