Savory Recipes: Sloppy Joseph’s Crockpot Mesquite BBQ Beef on Rolls

If summer 2020 has been anything, it’s rainy. Here in Richmond, it’s the rainiest August on record, and we’re only halfway through! We’re getting a pretty good soak right now as I type, and with no end in sight, I’m starting to line up my family’s favorite rainy-day recipes on my weekly meal plan.

There’s no better smell than that of onions, peppers and garlic sauteing. Change my mind.

As I thumbed through my recipe box, I found this awesome recipe for Crockpot Mesquite BBQ Beef on Rolls, or as I’d dubbed it, Sloppy Joseph’s. This recipe is full of all the good stuff you love about Sloppy Joe’s, but with a lot more oomph. It’s a fancier version of a classic, hence why I call it by it’s full name. It’s a snap to pull together, cooks away in the crockpot with little to no supervision, and makes for a great rainy day recipe that the whole family will enjoy.

To quote the hubs, “this is delicious!” Not to mention all the smells that fill your house, from the sauteing onions and peppers, to the simmering barbecue.

Prep time on this recipe is less than 20 minutes. You brown your beef and saute the veggies, then let your crockpot do all the hard work. In a few short hours, you’ll smile as you overload your favorite rolls with heaping spoonfuls of the bbq beef and coleslaw.

We’re BBQ sauce snobs and refuse to buy anything other than Sweet Baby Ray’s – that sauce is the boss, afterall. I used the Honey Barbeque Sauce for this particular recipe, with a teaspoon or so of the Honey Chipotle. Your favorite sauce will do, of course! We also prefer Martin’s Potato Rolls over regular hamburger buns, but again, that’s just our preference. This recipe will be a hit no matter what bread you put it on – and let’s face it, it’s not like you’re picking it up and eating it. This is ultimately an open faced sandwich situation, so anything will do.

Every time I share a crockpot recipe, I feel obligated to talk about the exact appliance that I own. I love my crockpot so much, it’s like my handy, reliable little sidekick that I absolutely cannot live without. I own the 8-Quart Oval Crock-Pot, and I love it for several reasons:

  • it’s ovular, which means it can hold a nice roast or tenderloin without having to cut it down
  • it has a glass lid, as opposed to plastic
  • it’s manual, so I can only get myself in so much trouble with the three temperature settings

Here’s the recipe for Sloppy Joseph’s Crockpot Mesquite BBQ Beef on Rolls; feel free to save and print it for your own recipe box!

This recipe makes about six servings, which is enough for my family of four to enjoy for dinner, then we fight it out for who gets to have it for lunch the next day! 🙂

Have I convinced you to add this to your meal plan for the week? Are you wearing more rain boots than bathing suits this summer? What’s your favorite crockpot recipe? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to like this post and follow Look Wider Still to get notifications for all of my posts!


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Rebekah is the mother of two wonderful sons, Michael and Nate. She and her husband, Mike, married in 2002 and have built their family on a foundation of adventure. Between geocaching, camping, hiking, cooking, fishing, crafting, reading, and snuggling their Irish Terrier, Bentley, they enjoy a long and happy career in Scouting. The boys come from a long line of Scouters, including Eagles on all sides. Mike has served as assistant den leader, treasurer, and Pack Committee member, and Rebekah has served as den leader and Cubmaster for Pack 521 out of Mechanicsville, Virginia.

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