Our favorite Sloppy Joes list has just increased by one…this one. We already had two Sloppy Joe recipes on our favorites list (both of which I have yet to share with you). However, this fantastic twist on Sloppy Joes is so delicious and delightful that I know you will want to put it on your menu right away…especially with Summer coming.
Think of tropical islands and hula and swaying palm trees…yep, Hawaii. Hawaiian Sloppy Joes! They are slightly sweet, fruity, a little smoky. And if you serve them up with a slice a pineapple, it brings an amazing bright freshness to these sandwiches that takes them to a whole new level.
So make these and then sit down at a table with little tropical umbrellas in your drinks, close your eyes, and take a bite…
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 6 ounces bacon, cooked (reserve drippings)
- ½ medium red onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- salt, to taste
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- sweet Hawaiian hamburger buns or rolls (for sliders)
- fresh pineapple, sliced into rings (optional)
- ½ red onion, sliced thinly (optional)*
- Heat 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in a large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey, onion, red pepper, garlic, & ginger and cook till meat is browned.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the ketchup, pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, liquid smoke, and soy sauce in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add sauce to the meat in the skillet and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Crumble bacon and stir it into to the sloppy joe mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve on buns or rolls with a slice of pineapple and pickled red onion*, if desired.
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