Guilt Free Sloppy Joes (or is it Sloppy Does??)


  • 2 to 3 lbs – ground venison (mine is a deer/pork combo)
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 T + 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c katsup
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2T cider vinegar
  • 2T yellow mustard
  • 1T chili powder
  • 1T worcestershire sauce
  • 1T liquid smoke
  • 1T flour


  1. Preheat cast iron skillet or dutch oven to medium-low.
  2. Add onion, garlic and meat to pan.  Stir until well mixed.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high.
  4. Add dried mustard, 1 tsp salt, and pepper. Mix well and brown.
  5. Add browned meat to large crock pot (do not drain if using lean meat!).
  6. Add remaining ingredients to meat. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours. (This recipe can be converted to stock-pot by simply simmering on low for about 45 min.)

Serve over whole wheat buns with mustard and pickles to garnish. Pair with beans and a green salad for a complete evening meal.