The RV Chronicles — Cooking new school old school at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Texas Sloppy Joes)

My barbecue aficionado friends will accuse me of being sacrelige. Perhaps even treasonous. But still…

Chopped barbecued beef sandwiches — just like they’re served here in Texas — require nothing but a slow cooker and a few key ingredients.

There. I said it.

Look, I’m a barbecue purist as much as the next guy. But the truth is, unless you’re using one of those old school pits, along with a cord of hickory or pecan wood, you’re cheating.

Barbecue is an art. Plain and simple. There’s a reason they call them pit masters.

I’m not a pit master. And I’m also not a guy who is willing to stand in a two-hour line to grab one of my all-time barbecue joint faves — the Sloppy Joe.

Now, don’t go making the same mistake that I did for years. This is not the same Sloppy Joe served in your local school cafeteria. Neither is it the canned stuff you grew up on. This Sloppy Joe is Texas style, with an emphasis on the smoky chopped/shsweet-heatredded beef and tangy spicy barbecue sauce.

You start this one in your slow cooker as you’re heading out the door in the morning … and everyone loves you forever (at least for one night) the same evening. Seriously.

Finally, I know what you’re thinking. You have that 99-cent bottle of barbecue sauce that you boughickory-liquid-smokeht for the Little League hamburger cookout. Use it if you insist, but just know that you won’t know exactly what you’re eating and it won’t taste nearly as good as Stubb’s® Sweet Heat Legendary Barbecue Sauce. When the folks at Stubb’s sent me a few of their products and asked me to try them out and talk about them here, I immediately agreed. I’ve been cooking with Stubb’s for years. Not because they are a homegrown Texas company that uses only premium ingredients, but because Stubb’s products are just downright delicious.

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Texas Sloppy Joes

Texas Sloppy Joe

Texas Sloppy Joe – Serve with plenty of napkins

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Texas Sloppy Joes
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Texas Sloppy Joes -
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Texas
Serves: 8
  • 1 – 2½-3 lb Beef tri-tip roast* (Certified Angus Beef is your best bet here)
  • 1 cup – Chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 – Small onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup – Stubb’s® Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce combined
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 TB – Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 tsp – Stubb’s® Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 8 – Hamburger buns
  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper liberally on all sides of the roast; place in a slow cooker.
  2. Combine Stubb’s® Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, water, hot sauce and Stubb’s® Hickory Liquid Smoke; pour over meat.
  3. Add sweet pepper and onion.
  4. Cook on ‘low’ setting for 8 hours.
  5. Separate meat with two forks in the slow cooker, adding more Stubb’s® Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, if desired.
  6. Serve on warmed buns and top with pickles, jalapenos and sliced fresh onion.
*Can substitute chuck, chuck tender or (trimmed) brisket



  1. Well, I’m going to have to try one of these Texas Sloppy Joes .. and soon. And I’ll have to have a stack of pickles nearby, just like in your photo. I agree about those Stubbs products, they’re delicious. I’ve been using that Chicken spice on about everything.

    • adamjholland says:

      Ha! I prefer a stack of dill chips on my Sloppy Joe (and other bar-b-que sandwiches) as well. And yes, the chicken spice is good stuff.

  2. I’m a big fan of Stubb’s and it is the only bottled BBQ Sauce I have in the house……….so, I know these sandwiches are stellar!

  3. Adam, I don’t have a slow cooker and don’t want to buy one just for this recipe, but said recipe is making me drool. Do you think it would work in a normal pot if I kept an eye on the liquid? Can’t get Stubbs in Japan either but I make a pretty good BBQ sauce that ought to work.

    • adamjholland says:

      Eda – If I were going to make this recipe without a slow cooker, I’d use a Dutch oven (in the oven) at around 200F. And Stubb’s ships worldwide, but homemade sauce is probably a pretty darn good thing. Will you let me know how it turns out?

  4. Freaking yes. This sounds so good. Gotta have the pickles. Gotta have the pickles and some very good Lay’s potato chips.
    And, it will be ready to eat when I get home.
    Good job!
    Love the Stubb’s. They put out good products. Haven’t been disappointed yet.

  5. If I made this, I’d really be able to make my man a servant! Manservant would love this and thanks to you, I’ve tried Stubbs and am really enjoying them!

    • adamjholland says:

      Hold on, Abbe! I’m a card carrying man, and I want you to take it easy on him. 🙂 Thanks.

  6. Omg i’m so happy to see a stubbs related post. Love love love – their liquid smoke! I legit put it in everything – my favourite is in chocolate chip cookies!

  7. I love authentic too, but if you can do it in a slow cooker, I’m all in! Liquid smoke makes anything taste like authentic BBQ.

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