Crock Pot Root Beer Sloppy Joes

Crock Pot Root Beer Sloppy Joes

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10 people

Here’s a great twist on a classic American dish: the Sloppy Joe sandwich.

As a kid, I played the trombone and the Sloppy Joe Band Fundraiser was an annual event that kept our horns blowing. Today, just one bite of this iconic sandwich brings back a flood of childhood memories.

My Sloppy Joe is spicy and sweet at the same time. I love adding root beer, with its peppery notes, as it truly deepens its taste. And slow roasting the meat in a Crock Pot adds to the flavor and offers an easy way to serve it for an informal party or gathering.

Make sure to get a few bottles of your favorite root beer to have on hand for this!

See the how to video by clicking here.

Any root beer with work for this--don't let the term "artisan" scare you. But it's a good opportunity to try some of the craft root beers that have grown in popularity.


  • 2 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of yellow onion, diced fine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 oz. ketchup
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 16.9 oz. artisan root beer
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • 1 In a large frying pan, sauté the garlic, and onion in the olive oil until transparent.
  • 2 Transfer into the Crock Pot.
  • 3 Using the same frying pan, sauté the ground beef until cooked through and well browned.
  • 4 As the beef cooks, with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, break the ground beef into small bits.
  • 5 Drain off liquid and discard.
  • 6 Add the ground beef to the Crock Pot and add all other ingredients.
  • 7 Mix well and heat 4 hours on medium high, stirring often.



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