Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Firecracker Sloppy Joes

Friday, August 24, 2012

Firecracker Sloppy Joes

I'm writing up this post the night prior to it being posted (so writing Thursday, you'll be reading it Friday)....still following me?  Anyway, I'm doing this as tomorrow I'll be on the links all day schmoozing and boozing with the business folk at my job's annual golf outing.

It's a lot of work.  Have you ever put on a golf tournament?  Fun, yet challenging.

But, you don't really care right?  So, back to these sloppy joes.  I think my mom used to open up a can of Manwhich when I was little (sorry, Mom) and frankly, the thought of eating that today just sends me over the edge.

Don't get me wrong - I'm all about a good sloppy joe (why are they called that...does anyone know?), but I want it to be HOMEMADE.  None of that fake sauce out of a jar or can.

So, last week I whipped up a batch.  A spicy little batch.  I took a couple of recipes, combined them, tweaked them a bit and came up with this.  It had just the right amount of sweetness and spice.  And it made a lot - you know what that means!

Yes, dinner for two nights in a row.  I just love that.

Firecracker Sloppy Joes
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/2 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. wing or hot sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. worcestershire sauce

In a large pot, cook the first five ingredients over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink.  Drain off excess fat.  Stir in all remaining ingredients.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes to let flavors melt together.  Serve on buns.

Can't get much easier, right?

And I just couldn't leave you without a picture of the kids.  I caught them "chatting" with each other the other morning while I was making waffles.

Gosh, I just love them so...


  1. SO CUTE!! I wonder what they were chatting about? Oh to be a kid again!
    The sloppy joes sound wonderful. Yum yum. I think they were named after my brother, actually. His name is Joe and he's a sloppy man! haha, jk. But maybe.

  2. Delicious sloppy joe! And I like it SPICY!

  3. I love the kiddo pic:)

    I made these with beef tonight, they are delicious!!