Kids give sometimes give funny names to stuffed animals, objects and even people. Sometimes these people are their parents. When my oldest son was younger, like around ten, he started calling me ‘Sloppy Joes’. It wasn’t because I was a slob or slouch in the way I dressed or kept house. It was because growing up, I made a lot of ‘sloppy joes’ for dinner. All my boys loved it, but my oldest must have thought that was a good name for Mom. I mean it was better than ‘Mommy Dearest’!
When he’d come home from basketball practice, he’d say, ‘What’s for dinner, Sloppy Joes?’ To which I’d reply most of the time, ‘Sorry Sloppy Joes is on strike, we’re having blah blah blah.” But, when I’d say, “We’re having Sloppy Joes.” It was always a huge smile and ‘YES’! To this day, Matthew still loves sloppy joes, and I’ve come to make them a little differently each time as in this recipe for pork sloppy joes.
In my younger bygone days of raising kids while working, I wasn’t as adventurous with cooking. Not that I didn’t want to be. There were several reasons why. First, I just didn’t have the mental energy or time to experiment. Working full-time, coming home to loads of laundry, homework, athletics, carpools, projects and more meant getting something on the table fast, quick and healthy was more important that trying new things. Another reason, my boys had their favorite meals and these were my go to meals during the week. Of course, they loved sloppy joes, but they also loved pasta dishes and comfort foods like pot roasts and potatoes, which I loved fixing in my crock pot. Thirdly, getting inspiration for adventurous recipes wasn’t as easy as it is today with the Internet and all the availability at your fingertips of food ideas. I mean if I’d had a Pinterest or Facebook, I probably would have launched my cooking career a lot sooner!
These pork sloppy joes are really easy to make. You could do them in a slow cooker or in the oven, but I chose to make them on the stovetop. If you’re using the slow cooker, I think you’ll need to let them cook about four hours. Just dump everything into the crock pot and let it do its magic. If I were cooking in the oven, I’d put everything in the Dutch oven and roast it at about 400 for about two hours. My gauge of readiness would be that the meat is able to be shredded with a fork. Be sure to keep an eye on liquid if you use another method of cooking, especially when cooking in the oven.
You’re gonna love these pork sloppy joes. Kind of like BBQ, they’ve got a secret ingredient. I’ll let you figure that out as you scroll down to the ingredients! Enjoy my luvs and when you make this recipe, think about ol’ ‘Sloppy Joe Ally’! xoxox
PS~No sloppy joe is complete without coleslaw piled high on top! Here’s a few of my favorite recipes!
- 3 Tbl. oil
- 1 ½ lbs. boneless pork chops, thin, cut into chunks
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
- 3 ½ cups vegetable broth, divided
- 1 (15 oz.) can Sloppy Joes sauce I used Manwich
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup pepperoni, diced
- ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
- Put a Dutch oven on a medium high blaze. Add the oil. When hot, add the pork chop chunks and cook, tossing and turning about 3 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and two cups of vegetable broth. Blend. Cover tightly with a lid. Cook on medium high about 45 minutes.
- Check occasionally to see if you need to add any additional broth. If the lid is pretty air tight, you should be ok. Take a spatula and chop the tender pork into even smaller pieces. Add the Sloppy Joes sauce, tomatoes, pepperoni and chili flakes. Blend well. Cover tightly.
- Cook on medium (simmering boil) another 45 minutes. Turn off heat. Leave on blaze for about 15 minutes to cool slightly.