Recipe Makeover Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce

You’ll Never Buy Hunt’s Manwich Sauce in a Can Again

This is my homemade version of Manwich Sloppy Joes that I’ve been making at home since I was a teen. It is so simple, and as Brian says, “it’s the bomb!”.

This is a recipe using 2 lbs of ground beef. You could use 1 lb, but this is so good, and freezes so well (if it makes it that far) that you should go with the 2 lb version. I use my Le Creuset dutch oven, but a large cast iron skillet works as well.


    • 2 lb ground beef (80/20)


    • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped, about 2 cups total (I use Vidalia when available)


    • 1 tsp garlic powder


    • 1/2 tsp onion powder


    • 2 Tbs fresh ground black pepper (we grind a lot ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container)


    • 2 1/2 cups Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup (NOT Heinz, it’s too salty)


    • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 tsp


    Water – 1 to 1 1/2 cups


Brown the ground beef until all the water is cooked out and only grease remains, then throw in the onions and cook until they just start to turn transluscent.

Then add the garlic and onion powder, black pepper, ketchup and salt.

Combine well, then add water to almost cover the mixture. This helps absorb the meat absorb the flavors, and gives a good fine texture, instead of hard chewy lumps.

Cook over medium heat until moisture dissipates, stirring every 10 minutes or so, then turn to low. This takes about 30 minutes, so go have a beer.
When the meat reaches a good thick, wet consistency, check for flavor and add what you think it needs. More garlic? More pepper? More ketchup? Whatever you like. I also sop up any extra grease with a paper towel to cut down on the fat factor.

Serve on a lightly toasted Kaiser or potato roll, along with a side of cole slaw, potato chips, and homemade onion dip, and you’ve got a great quick meal for the family. This is also perfect for potlucks and family reunions….I’ve never come home with any leftovers! Ever!

Homemade Onion Dip

Oh, and the onion dip… easy, and a huge hit with my sons, who used to swear by Helluva Good brand, but they like this better…

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
3 Tbs. minced onion
Pinch Kosher salt
3 Tbs milk.

Blend (or smoosh with a fork) the cream cheese with the minced onion (don’t go by taste at this point, as the onion flavor gets stronger as it sits), and add a pinch or 2 of coarse Kosher salt. Add milk gradually to reach desired consistency. BE CAREFUL, it gets too thin really quickly if you add too much milk, so be sure to mix in each tablespoon until you reach Nirvana in the onion dip realm. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. OMG, this stuff is so good!

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey

Served up in a classic honey jar, this 16 ounce bottle of liquid gold combines the purest honey with the fiery heat of the Ghost Pepper.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey

Geddes Farms Blazing Hot 100% Natural Ghost Pepper Honey

Geddes Farms of Maryland sent us a bottle of their raw honey infused with a Ghost pepper to sample. With its clear golden color, the flavor of this quality honey is enhanced by the addition of a split red Ghost pepper suspended in the honey. It brings a very pronounced heat to the sweet honey profile.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey top

Check out the cool top

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Big heat that hits you fast, but fades just as fast. Thrilling.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Pure honey flavor with pure Ghost heat. Delicious.

Ingredients: Honey, Ghost pepper.

Clear raw honey from Geddes Farms

Clear raw honey from Geddes Farms

Some folks advocate honey as a way to reduce the burn of hot sauces and hot peppers, so I first thought it was just going to be one of those products that incorporated the Ghost pepper just to jump on the hot pepper bandwagon, but – oh my! Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey did not disappoint.

Ghost pepper in honey. Kind of creepy, huh?

Ghost pepper in honey. Kind of creepy, huh?

There is not nearly enough honey to cover-up the heat here, and that makes for a perfect combination of heat and sweet that any die-hard chilehead can appreciate.

The Ghost pepper himself.

The Ghost pepper himself.

I’ve put Geddes Farms Blazing Hot Ghost Pepper Honey on just about everything I could think of – chicken tenders, wings, biscuits, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and even on ice cream. I’ve yet to put it in my hot tea, but I will be using it to warm my soul when the winter wind and snow come knocking on our door.

Geddes Farms Ghost pepper honey on chicken tenders.

Geddes Farms Ghost pepper honey on chicken tenders.

Ghost pepper, split for more flavor!

Ghost pepper, split for more flavor!

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey on wings.

On wings.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey on poppers

A sweet honey glaze on poppers.

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey on bisquits.

On bisquits. Of course.

If you have a penchant for some heat with your sweet, or if you’re just a fan of honey looking for something a little different to please your palate, I highly recommend Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey.

Where to buy:

Go here to place your order – you’ll be sooo glad you did! And check out all of their other honey products. Especially this awesome gift set for the chilehead in your life.

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Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

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