Recipes for beginners: the best sloppy joe ever

So, I mentioned I was going to get around to posting some of my recipes of food that I’ve been recently and was very satisfied with. I’m new to this whole ‘cooking’ magic, and what I found when I was making things from my cookbook or online was that I often had to look up things like ‘is buttermilk supposed to smell awful?’ or ‘how to properly dice a pepper?’ or ‘what the heck is cider vinegar?’ So given that, I figure that these recipes will be a real ‘cooking for beginners’ kind of thing – picture heavy and hopefully very easily explained, and also more designed for people who are living alone or with another person: fresh-out-of-the-home cooking so to speak 😉

So, the first recipe that I’m going to put up is one of my absolute favourites: sloppy joes with peppers and celery, in a garlic butter bun.


Yes please 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:


One red bell pepper, diced (cut the core out with a knife, then cut in strips and then again) and 2 long stalks of celery or 4 small ones, diced.


Chili pepper, cider vinegar, molasses, beer (any one you want) and ketchup.


One onion (white or yellow), diced


.5 kg or 1 ish lbs of ground pork or ground beef (pork is pictured here).


You will also need a slow cooker: I got this one at Walmart for less than 25 dollars CAN and it’s great. 

Step One:

Dice veggies and onions, put veggies in slow cooker dish (the cooker will come with a  ceramic removable pot part).

Step 2:

Cook ground meat and onions over medium heat until meat is brown. Use a wooden spoon and break into small pieces as you cook, and make sure it’s brown all the way through.  Drain the fat. Poor into the slow cooker over the veggies and mix with the spoon.

Step 3:

Add 1/2 cup of ketchup, 1/2 can of beer, 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of chili pepper and 1 tablespoon of molasses.  Mix with spoon.


Should look something like this.

Step 4:


Cover, plug in the cooker and turn it to either 4/6 hours for fast cooking or 8/10 hours for slow.  Any of those times will cook it, it just depends on how much time you have to wait 🙂

Step 5: The bun

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Take garlic butter and a bun of your choice.  Cut the bun into fours, but don’t cut all the way down, so that it can open up and unfold but still have a bottom.  Cut nice wide slices of garlic butter and place into the 4 slots you’ve just made.  Wrap the bun in tin foil.  20 min before you want to eat put the bun into the oven (for 20 mins).


Cooked bun, opened up.

Step 6:


Finished cooking 🙂


Plate the sloppy joe into the bun, enjoy 🙂

The recipe listed here should make between 3-4 servings depending on the size of your preferred serving (the bigger the better in my opinion 😉 ).  Also I hate left overs, but I love left overs of this!  To keep, put it in a tupperware container (glass won’t stain), let it cool uncovered and then put in the fridge covered to keep.  To eat, put in a pot on low heat to rewarm, and it tastes just as good as it did the first time, promise!

Bon appetit 🙂



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