I’m not lying when I say that we make these pumpkin BBQ sloppy joe’s at least once a week.
It is always on our weeknight menu plan because of how incredibly easy it is to make and how flavorful it is.
I swear every time I’m chopping up red bell peppers and have the bottle of BBQ sauce on the stove, Jason excitedly asks, “are you making the sloppy joe’s again?”
We absolutely LOVE this recipe and I think your family will too once you try it!
What is a sloppy joe?
Haha, I’ve often wondered this too.
Without doing any research, my shot in the dark answer is that it was named after some guy named Joe who ate this sloppily.
But to be honest, how can you NOT eat a sloppy joe sloppily?
It literally goes everywhere when you take your first bite!
From research and Wikipedia, it apparently is an American dish that originated in the early 20th century.
Formally from Wikipedia: Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, says their research at the Carnegie Library suggests that the sloppy joe’s origins lie with the “loose meat sandwiches” sold in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930s and were the creation of a cook named Joe.
So it WAS named after a guy named Joe!!!
Is there a proper way to eat a sloppy joe?
I think if you’re looking for a proper way to eat a sloppy joe, you are probably better off eating a bowl of pasta bolognese, haha
I mean honestly, the point of a sloppy joe is to get messy, right?
I suppose you could use a fork and knife but the best and only way to eat a sloppy joe is with your hands!
Just have a plate underneath to catch all the goodies.
What ingredients you’ll need for these pumpkin BBQ sloppy joe’s
Thankfully, the ingredient list is pretty short and with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge or pantry so basically, you have no excuse not to make these.
Oh, and it all goes in one pot and on the stovetop!!! Winner winner, sloppy joe dinner!
- BBQ sauce
- Red bell pepper
- Ground turkey
- Worcestershire sauce
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Pumpkin BBQ Sloppy Joe's
Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- 1 pound ground turkey
For the sauce
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (we use Stubb's Sweet Heat)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil. Once oil is hot, add onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Cook until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and break it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- In the meantime, while the turkey is cooking through, in a large bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
- Once the turkey has cooked through, pour the sauce into the skillet and stir to incorporate.
- Let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes on low heat. Season to taste then serve hot with brioche buns or your favorite hamburger buns.