Crock-Pot Sweet Sloppy Joes
My kids are huge fans of sloppy joes, those messy sandwiches full of ground beef and a yummy sauce piled high on a bun (or just bread). This recipe for Crock-Pot Sweet Sloppy Joes was a huge hit with my kids and was easy to make.
I know some folks balk at any crock-pot recipe that requires you to brown the ground beef before adding it to the slow cooker. But it really is important because it allows you to do a couple things…
- Crumble the meat – this just does not happen in the slow cooker unless you stir frequently. The whole point of crock-pot cooking is not having to baby sit your dish while it cooks.
- Removes the fat – ground beef is fatty, Precooking your meat allows you to cook off the grease and drain it away (some folks even go a step further by rinsing the cooked hamburger under hot water) before adding it to your dish.
What we ladies do is bulk cook. When hamburger meat goes on sale we buy several pounds, cook it up, drain off the fat and portion it out into meal size portions and freeze in zipper freezer bags. Then when we make a recipe that calls for cooked ground beef, we just pull a bag out of the freezer dump it into the crock-pot and add the rest of the ingredients. No need to even thaw the frozen cooked hamburger first!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!