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Barbecue Sloppy Joes with Shoestring Onions

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.

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


  • 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 (see related recipe at left)


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.