The sloppy joe is believed to have first been served in 1924, when a cook at Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City, Iowa, added tomato sauce to a loose meat sandwich. The term “sloppy joe” had previously been used to refer to a restaurant that served cheap food quickly, but it had become a name for the sandwich by the 1940s. By the 1960s commercially packaged sloppy joe sauce had become widely available; Hunt’s version, called Manwich, was the most popular.
Recipe Servings: 8
- Combine the beef and onion is a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until the meat is mostly browned. Drain the grease.
- Whisk together the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
- Pour the mixture over the drained beef and stir until it is evenly coated.
- Cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Scoop the meat mixture onto the buns and serve immediately.
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