Lunch Lady Land Sloppy Joes

lunch-lady-land-sloppy-joes Lunch Lady Land Sloppy Joes


Remember Sloppy Joes?
We may alone here, but the mere mention of Sloppy Joes reminds us of Adam Sandler’s song Lunch Lady Land. In an effort to marry good humor with a good meal and great time spent outdoors - here’s an easy way to prepare Sloppy Joes in a GSI Outdoors Dutch Oven.


  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-2/3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 8 to 10 hamburger buns, split


Before You Go:
We did some prep before we left on our camping trip to let us have more time with family and lessen our cooking time there. Chop the onion, celery, and green pepper and put those in a container. Then mix your ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, and steak sauce together in a different container. Finally, grab the garlic salt, ground mustard, and paprika and mix in a container. Everything goes in the cooler and off you go.

What to do:
In your Dutch oven over medium heat (we used about 12 charcoals under the dutch oven for this), cook the beef, onion, celery and green pepper until meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain.
Stir in the next nine ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Spoon about ½ cup meat mixture onto each bun.

You’ll feel like a kid in the lunchroom again as you dig into this nostalgic camp meal.

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