KB’s Sloppy Joes

When I first met KB way back in 2001, he had a limited number of recipes he could make.  The two that I still remember are chicken parmesan on the grill and sloppy joes.  Of course his idea of sloppy joes was using a can of “Manwich” and some ground beef on a bun.  Gradually that evolved, and he started adding other things…onions, corn, cheese, etc.

A few years ago, I finally decided to show KB that sloppy joes were more than a can of “Manwich” and I decided to make them for him from scratch.  Not to take away from his cooking skills, but even if you were to just add ketchup and mustard to some ground beef, you could have a pretty decent sloppy joe sandwich.

Anyways, here’s what I came up with, and of course, I added onions and corn, hence the name “KB’s Sloppy Joes.”  Oh, and of course I threw in some bacon, because bacon makes everything better.

Start by browning your bacon in a frying pan.


Add onions and cook for a few minutes.


Add ground beef and brown.


Add fresh garlic, salt and pepper.


Drain as much fat as possible.  Then add tomato paste.  Incorporate as much as possible.


Then add ketchup, dijon mustard, worcestershire  sauce and brown sugar and mix to combine.


Add in corn (if desired – or if you are feeding to KB).


Let simmer for about 7-10 minutes.


Serve on a hamburger bun and enjoy!



4 strips of bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup dijon mustard
2-3 Tablespoons worcestercire sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 cup canned or frozen corn
hamburger buns – for serving

In a medium frying pan, brown bacon.  Add onions and cook for a few minutes.  Add ground beef and brown completely.  Drain as much fat as possible.  Add salt, pepper and fresh garlic and cook for a few minutes. Incorporate tomato paste into meat mixture.  Add ketchup, mustard, worcestercire sauce, and brown sugar. Mix to combine.  Add corn (if desired).  Cook for about 7-10 more minutes.  Serve on hamburger buns.