I loved sloppy joes as a kid but I don’t know if my mom made them from the canned sauce, a sauce packet or from scratch. I tried the canned stuff once and it was awful! I’ve tried making up recipes a couple of times with mild success but they just didn’t taste right to me. So, I gave up and didn’t think much about it for the last year or two. But recently I’ve run across a couple of homemade sloppy joe recipes that made me want to try again! The first was at Something So Clever. The photo is what made me start craving them again! Then I ran across another recipe in Real Simple’s cookbook. I don’t own the book but was able to browse through it online and saw the recipe. This recipe is loosely based on the Real Simple version but I added ketchup and brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit.