Think of these as adult sloppy Joe’s. None of that canned nonsense. My homemade bourbon sloppy Joe recipe, as you may call it, is legendary around my place. And it’s a super easy game day recipe that you can make no time at all! I chose to make my sloppy Joe’s with turkey to take a break from red meat, but you can use beef if you prefer.
If you’re wondering how to make homemade sloppy Joe sauce, it’s super easy. For mine, I did a simple mix of BBQ and ketchup, Worcestershire sauce (woo sauce), a squeeze of mustard, and a shot of bourbon. And don’t forget the most important ingredient of all time, Dan-O’s Seasoning! You will need to add some water to thin out the sauce, but you can use chicken broth for added flavor.
So about these veggies. You can use either a red or green bell pepper (I went green), and use roughly half an onion. I used the minced garlic that comes in the jar because I’m lazy. You should be chopping these very fine, so get out the slap chop! If you like heat, add a hot pepper. I used some fresh cayenne peppers from my garden and they added the perfect amount of heat and texture.
Don’t forget to add some Dan-O’s to your ground turkey! Because ground turkey is pretty flavorless. Definitely add 3 or 4 tbs to your sauce too! The filling will turn out bold, spicy, and sweet, with a mild bite of onion and a kiss of bourbon. You’ll get a nice herb and spice profile from the Dan-O’s too. This is the real deal!
I served these with no sides and I have no regrets. I made em extra sloppy too ;) Hope you’re ready for the best homemade sloppy Joe recipe you can find! Enjoy!