Sloppy “Gentleman” Joe Sandwich


I was listening to all the birds singing this morning and just thanking God for His beauty in the day and thinking about the beauty of this season.

Seasons of Life…

I began to think about seasons in life…


Maybe you are in the “Spring” season?  Here you might be experiencing a newness or freshness in your life.  Have you just found a new love, or just been married?  Maybe you just had a baby? Maybe you just graduated and are about to embark on a new life adventure.  Ahhhh Spring….


I think of Summer as calm, happy.  The sun on your face, the waves at the ocean.  Enjoying the calm beauty all around us.  We see flowers everywhere, color.  We are planting gardens and looking forward to all the wonderful bounty we will enjoy.  Let’s call Summer a happy “holding pattern” of life.


Fall is a time of changes.  All around us nature is changing, getting ready for the winter.  The beauty of the flowers dim but the leaves (if you live where there are lots of changing trees) are changing bringing a new beauty of color to our world.  It is also a time of harvest.  Gathering our crops, preparing for the winter ahead.


Winter is a time of dormancy, waiting, preparing.  There is a work being done in us during this time.  I don’t say this meaning that a working is NOT being done in us during the other seasons, God is always doing a work in us.  I just think in this time God is working in a different way.  Winter brings on such a different set of emotions than the other seasons (for most of us).  It is cold and dark so many days (if you live in Ohio).  But there is also such a feeling of expectancy in this season, because you know that Spring is coming…

Seasons of Food…

I feel like we also have “Seasons of Food”.  You know when you can’t wait to make a big pot of soup on a cold day or can’t wait for that first nice day to fire up the barbecue and get outside.

We all have foods that we seem to make more often during certain times of the year.

Today’s recipe is one that you will prepare in the crock pot, which would make you think it should be a “fall” or “winter” meal, but it is a sandwich that goes well with coleslaw so to me I would say it is a great picnic meal.  But HEY, make it ANY time of the year!!! It really doesn’t matter!  I know you will enjoy it and it is such a simple meal to throw together and go about your day.  When we created this we were thinking of a “sloppy joe” but wanted to refine it a bit and that’s why we are calling it the “Gentleman Joe”.

You will also love the leftovers!  Enjoy!!


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Sloppy "Gentleman" Joe Sandwich
  1. Heat olive oil in bottom of pan you are using (I have a crock pot that I can put on the stove top so this is what I use)
  2. Cover the meat with salt and pepper and brown in the oil, turning to get both sides. Remove from pan.
  3. Add garlic and onion and sauté until tender, but not browned.
  4. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, and paprika, stir around so flavors are well combined. Be careful not to burn so reduce heat while doing this.
  5. Add the wine and broth and bring to a boil, add brown sugar and soy sauce.
  6. Add meat back in and make sure it is well covered with the liquid, if not add more wine and/or broth.
  7. Put crock pot on low and cook away (or put in oven on low and cook for 1-2 hours checking frequently to make sure there is enough liquid)
  8. Shred up and put on a Roll
  9. Serve with some coleslaw (or some corn salsa) and you are all set.
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