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Barbecue Sloppy Joes with Shoestring Onions

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 130 minutes
Servings: 6

Brown some ground beef and stir in our sloppy Joe starter, then let your slow cooker do the rest. Serve on thick slices of Texas toast with a mound of shoestring onions alongside.


  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 jar barbecue sloppy Joe starter
  • 12 slices Texas toast or 1-inch-thick slices sandwich bread
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Dill pickle spears for serving
  • Shoestring Onions for serving


In the stovetop-safe insert of a slow cooker over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up large chunks with tongs or a wooden spoon, until just browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sloppy Joe starter. Transfer the insert to the slow-cooker base. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

During the last 15 minutes of cooking, preheat a griddle over medium heat. Spread both sides of each bread slice with butter. Working in batches, cook the bread, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes total. Place 1 bread slice on each of 6 plates. Top with the sloppy Joe mixture, dividing evenly. Cover each with one of the remaining bread slices. Serve immediately with dill pickle spears and shoestring onions. Serves 6.

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.