Sloppy Joe Sliders

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sloppy joe sliders from great american spice companyIt is that time of year again – time to figure out what you are going to serve for your Super Bowl party!

I have to admit that we aren’t huge football fans here at our house, but we still catch a few games every year and the Super Bowl is always one of them. But, whether you’re a fan or not, you still want the food to be great, right?

When you are hosting a party for a game, it’s nice to have things planned so that you aren’t stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is glued to the television. Sloppy Joe Sliders can not only be made ahead of time, but are actually going to taste better if they have some time for the flavors to meld together. You can get them made the day before and then just heat the filling prior to serving them – you could even keep it warm in a small crock pot or chafing dish if you like.

This recipe makes enough filling for 8 sliders, or 4 full sized rolls, and it can be doubled or tripled to make enough for the crowd you expect to be feeding. I got these little round whole wheat dinner rolls at the local warehouse store, but you can find dinner rolls in any supermarket. Sliders are nice for a party because guests can still enjoy lots of other dishes and not get too full on just one sandwich.

To go along with them, I would suggest coleslaw, nachos, baked beans, potato salad, maybe a layered taco dip and chips and then some thing portable for dessert, like brownies. Nearly all of this can be prepared either the day before or earlier the same day, which gets you out of the kitchen, and enjoying time with everyone else – sweet! ingredients for sloppy joe sliders
Great American Spice Company Products used in this recipe:
Golden Barrel Molasses
Sweet Hot Mr Mustard
Coleman’s Dry Hot Mustard
Smoked Sweet Paprika
Granulated Onion
Granulated Garlic
Ground Chipotle Pepper
Ground Cumin
Black Peppercorns
Kosher Salt

Sloppy Joe Sliders
Recipe type: Hot sandwiches
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound ground beef [I like ground round for this recipe]
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced green pepper
  • ½ cup diced red pepper
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard, like our Sweet Hot Mr Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder [more if you like things spicy!]
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • additional salt if needed
  • 8 slider rolls, or 4 full size hamburger rolls
  1. Using a large skillet or saute pan, heat the olive oil, over medium heat, and then add the ground beef. Sprinkle the beef with the salt.
  2. Saute the beef, chopping into smaller pieces with the side of a spatula, until it is no longer pink.
  3. Check to make sure there is no excess grease in the pan, and remove and discard if there is. I prefer ground round for sloppy joes, because it is less fatty, but if you use ground chuck or ground beef, you may need to remove the excess grease.
  4. Add the chopped onion, peppers and celery, and saute until they start to get soft.
  5. Turn the heat to medium low and mix in the water, ketchup, vinegar, molasses, worcestershire sauce, prepared mustard, smoked paprika, dry mustard, onion powder, chipotle powder, garlic powder, cumin and black pepper.
  6. Bring everything up to a simmer, turn heat to low, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. If it starts to get too dry, add a little more water.
  7. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  8. Split the rolls, and heat or toast if desired. Fill each roll and serve immediately, or allow guests to fill their own rolls.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled

And, of course, you don’t have to wait for company to be coming over – they make a great family meal any night!plate of sloppy joe sliders


Donalyn is a long time food blogger - this is what she has to say about blogging for us: "My husband and I are blissful empty-nesters, enjoying the good life in rural Upstate NY. We grow a huge garden and are always looking for new challenges, the latest of which is brewing beer from our own home grown hops. My take on food is to use the freshest, most local food you can find and give it plenty of flavor. That is where The Great American Spice Company comes in. I've used their products for years, and I'm thrilled to be sharing some of our favorite recipes on their blog."
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