Growing up, Summer always included sloppy joes poolside. This is one of those great childhood memories that has been burned into my brain. We would inevitably be in the middle of a game of sharks and minnows, or colors (anyone else love this game?), but I couldn't wait to dry off and devour the hot sloppy joe, Ruffles, and fruit my mom would sweetly bring out on plastic plates for us to enjoy. Of course, Manwhich was the name of the game. It was quick, easy, cheap, and NEVER (and I do mean NEVER) disappointed. These days, I've moved on from the canned stuff, mostly because the ingredients aren't the greatest, and now make the best homemade sloppy joes ever.
I did my best to recreate that perfectly tangy, slightly sweet (without adding any sugar) tomato base, and of course used fresh green bell pepper and onion. The result is nothing short of epic, and WAY better than the canned stuff. Sorry Manwhich, but it was time to grow up. The filling is bold, beefy, perfectly balanced, and the greatest scooped up with some ridged potato chips.
If you've never had sloppy joes, you're definitely missing out. Make a batch of these homemade sloppy joes, and I promise, they will not disappoint. Plus, you will finally understand one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history - in Billy Madison when the lunch lady comes around with a tray of extra sloppy sloppy joes. I am laughing as I type this just thinking about it.Print