Hawaiian Sloppy Joes – bacon, ground beef, and veggies in a pineapple sweet and sour sauce. Served on a toasted bun with pineapple rings on top! A delicious 30 minute weeknight meal!
Photos updated 04/01/2019.
My husband goes back to work today and it’ll be really strange since he’s been on leave for over a month. He had to shave his beloved “leave beard” yesterday in preparation and I swear he almost cried. And then when the baby (who’s not a baby) saw him without the beard, he said, “Hey. Your head looks funny.”
Anyway, I hope your whole weekend was fantastic. Broncos lost. I’m dealing with it. We won’t talk about it anymore.
We went to IKEA on Saturday. And btw, IKEA on a Saturday is not really a great idea. But, you know.
Since it’s in Denver (like a 40 minute drive for us) we’ve been planning this trip for awhile and I had ridiculously long list of things that we needed. I figured, I only go once a year – I might as well make the best of it. Right?
So then my husband spent all Saturday night and most of yesterday building ALL THE THINGS. The little ones got bunk beds and we got a new bed for the big one and a TV stand and several other things that required lots of sweat and curse words from the husband.
It was fun.
Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
The kids had these Hawaiian Sloppy Joes for lunch yesterday and absolutely loved them. The baby (yeah, the one that’s not a baby) kept eating all the meat mixture off his bun and then yelling, “MORE SLOPPY, PLEASE” which made the meal even more entertaining than it usually is.
These start out by frying bacon and then you cook onion, green bell pepper, and ground beef in the bacon fat. Once the veggies are softened and the meat cooked through, a sweet and sour sauce made with pineapple juice gets added and it all cooked through until it’s nice and sloppy.
Put that on a toasted bun and it’s an easy 30 minute meal that’s perfect for a weeknight. We topped our with pineapple rings and red onion and then I made a cole slaw to go with it.
More Sloppy Joe Recipes
Smoky Tex Mex Sloppy Joes – smoky and spicy sloppy joes topped with Fritos and pickled jalapenos!
Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes – all the flavors of pizza in a sandwich. And they’re really easy since they’re made in the slow cooker!
Sloppy Joe Fries – fries topped with sloppy joes meat, cheese, green onions, grapes, and jalapenos. This is great for a weeknight meal or a party snack!
- 5 slices bacon diced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
In the same pan (drain off fat if necessary), cook the ground beef, onion, and green pepper, breaking up the ground beef as it cooks. Cook until the vegetables have softened and the beef is cooked through. Add the garlic and ginger; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, soy sauce, and pineapple juice. Pour into the pan with the turkey and stir to combine.
Bring to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened considerably but is still "sloppy". Crumble the bacon and stir it into the mixture. Serve on buns.