I want to share my quick and easy slow cooker Sloppy Joes recipe with you today. This sloppy joe mixture is freshly made from scratch and has a sweet tangy flavor. You can freeze the cooked meat ahead of time and just add the other pantry or refrigerator items when you want to make this recipe.
This slow cooker Sloppy Joes recipe uses some of your food storage along with whatever meat you want to use. Or substitute the meat for your favorite beans. This recipe is great with ground venison, beef, turkey or elk.
We have a lot of game hunters in Utah, so this recipe is a family favorite. I use this slow cooker after I fry the meat with the onions. Then I can add the other ingredients to set and forget my dinner. I fried the hamburger with the fresh onions (I normally only use freeze-dried onions), but I had a couple of onions I used today in the pantry. Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
This picture above is the finished product inside a yummy sesame seed hamburger bun. The slow cooker sloppy joes mixture is ready to serve on your favorite hamburger buns. They are great to serve with potato chips, dip, carrots, celery sticks and fresh fruit. Oh, and don’t forget the root beer! This is a perfect meal to take in a slow cooker to any family reunion or neighborhood get together.
You could make this recipe with your freeze-dried hamburger as well. I would just cover the freeze-dried meat in cool water for a few minutes (I never follow the directions) and then drain it. If you don’t have time to fry the hamburger or other meat of choice, you can use rehydrated freeze-dried meat.
The ONLY time, in my humble opinion, you must follow directions using freeze-dried food would be for using freeze-dried cheese. You must use cold water with freeze-dried cheese OR your cheese will start cooking, just a tidbit of information I learned the hard way, just saying. We call those mini mistakes or learning curves.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- 2 6 ounce cans tomato paste with equal amounts of water added
- 4 lbs. freshly ground beef venison, elk, turkey or cooked beans of choice
- 2 onions chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup prepared mustard bottled-not dry
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Saute the meat of choice with the chopped onions until fully cooked. Add the remaining ingredients in the order shown above. Cook on low in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours, depending on your slow cooker temperature.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
- 2 tablespoons SAF instant yeast Saf Instant Yeast 1 Pound Pouch
- 2 tablespoons dough enhancer optional-this makes them fluffy NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag
- 1-1/8 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3-1/2 to 4 cups white bread flour
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Now, you can make these in a large bowl, but I used my Bosch bread mixer, and as you know, I dump everything in the mixer (yep, I'm a dumper). I wait until the bread dough pulls away from the mixer. I add just a little until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Now sprinkle some bread flour on the counter and knead the bread dough about 2-3 minutes and divide the dough into 12 pieces. Grease a cookie sheet and set it aside. Now you roll the pieces into balls and flatten with your hands. Place each flattened ball onto the cookie sheet. I flatten them again with my hand on the cookie sheet. Cover the pan with greased plastic wrap and let rest about 10 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Let me know if you make Sloppy Joes or hamburger buns from scratch. Do you have a favorite ingredient you like to use? Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.