My Favorite Sloppy Joes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


Cook and stir ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes; drain excess grease. Mix ketchup, dried onion, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, smoke flavoring, and garlic into beef, stirring until brown sugar has dissolved.

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Stir beef broth into beef mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until thick, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.