Texas Roadhouse Sloppy Joes
Yield: 8 Servings
2 Lbs. Ground Chuck
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Cup Diced Sweet Onions
1 Cup Grated Carrots (Optional)
½ Teaspoon Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt
3 Cups Ketchup
½ Cup Water
2-3 Tablespoons Ale Mustard
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons Texas Roadhouse Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Heartland Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to Taste
8 Whole Grain Buns
We hesitate to share this recipe with you because it is made with – of all things - ketchup! It might very well be the only recipe we will ever share with you that includes ketchup. We call these ‘vintage’ sloppy joes because this recipe has been with us for more than 50 years. It was created by a post-WWII housewife, raising her family on a limited budget during the 1950s. She prepared these sloppy joes every time her kids had a get together, and then passed the recipe on to them, who did the same. Those kids have now passed the recipe on to their own children, and the tradition of sloppy joes for family gatherings continues. We’ve changed the original recipe a little to make it more appealing to the adults who have joined the crowd. And yet, the kids keep coming back for more!
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan placed over medium high heat. Add chuck, onions, carrots (if using), and salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until meat has browned.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for 45-50 minutes until the mixture has thickened and the flavors have developed fully. Test seasonings and add salt, pepper, and seasoning blend if needed. Serve on warm buns.