sloppy joe bbq sauce

“Sloppy Joe” BBQ Sauce

Last Updated on August 11, 2021

If you’re a Sloppy Joe fan, this sauce is for you. This recipe features ketchup, vinegar, and a few essential spices.

We use it on pulled pork sandwiches when we want some added heat and sweetness, but you can also use it on burgers, chicken, or any dish, honestly.

"Sloppy Joe" BBQ Sauce

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Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Course: Dips / Sauces


  • 1 c ketchup
  • ½ c white vinegar
  • ½ c water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp jarred crushed pickled hot peppers


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pot and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Use immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

Chef Tip:

  • Minced pepperoncini can be subsituted for crushed pickled hot peppers.
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Emilie Abijanac is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute with over 20 years of catering experience in Boston. Emilie was the Sous Chef for East Meets West Catering and has worked with Kate’s Table and La Fête. Emilie was also the culinary director of ButcherBox.