Sloppy, Sloppy Joe! Recipes and messy fun!

Happy National Sloppy Joe Day!  Being what one might call a non-cook, sloppy joes are right up my alley!  In honor of this fabulous holiday, I found 7 yummy sloppy joe recipes and some great vintage fun for you!

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The ultimate in messy lunches, Sloppy Joes are an American creation that has been around since at least the 1950s. Who invented the Sloppy Joe?  Well nobody really knows.  I would assume, though, that his name was Joe.  Ha!

So without further ado, I present to you a whole mess of Sloppy Joe goodness!

sloppy joe recipes and fun

Sloppy Joes with Mushrooms from Cully’s Kitchen

It is though that since many consumer products, including ground beef, were rationed during World War II, homemakers were forced to look for creative ways to stretch their food dollars. As a result, they would mix ground beef with various sauces to make it go further.

Oh, and then there is the story about a cook named Joe at Floyd Angell’s café in Sioux City, Iowa.  Apparently, Joe added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwiches, and they became very popular.

Either way, a delicious alternative to the boring PBJ was born!

sloppy joe recipes and fun

Caribbean Sloppy Joes from Just Dip it in Chocolate

sloppy joe recipes and fun

In 1969, Hunt’s revolutionized the Sloppy Joe when it introduced its Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. It was not only quick and easy to prepare, but it was cheap! Perfect for a household that was watching the budget!

Sloppy Joe Pizza from Taste of Home

Soon other companies took to the Sloppy Joe!  Check out this vintage television commercial for Libby’s Sloppy Joes in a can. And be sure to take notes on that super cool “Sloppy Joe” dance.  You never know when you will have the need to impress!

Fun Fact: Sloppy Joes are often called by different names in different parts of the United States.  Other names for Sloppy Joes include: Barbecues, Dynamites, Gulash, Sloppy Janes, Slushburgers, Steamers, Wimpies and Yum Yums. What do you call them?

sloppy joe recipes and fun

Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs from McCormick

sloppy joe recipes and fun

Sloppy Joe Pot Pie from Real Mom Kitchen

Sloppy Joes became incredibly popular with most children, and are a popular dish served in school lunch rooms all over the country.

So with that, I had to bring you some classic Adam Sandler –Lunch Lady Land

Oh, you know that is funny!

sloppy joe recipes and fun

Sausage Sloppy Joes from Johnsonville Sausage

sloppy joe recipes and fun

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes on Homemade Pretzel Buns from Just Between Friends

See something you want to try?  I’m going to go grab the ingredients for the Sloppy Joe Pie.  Fancy!  The husband will think I finally learned to cook.  Ha!

Which is your favorite?

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