In the kitchen with Sharon

In the kitchen with Sharon this week I am making my sloppy joes. This is for you, Mary Mahaffey.

Mary has been asking for this recipe for several weeks. The recipe has been in my family for a long time. It came from my sister Connie and believe it or not she found the recipe on the back of a book of matches. I know one thing — we could not have a family get together without the famous sloppy joes. I have to make slaw to go on mine. I love them.


3 pounds of ground beef

1 onion chopped fine

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tablespoons of sweet relish

4 tablespoons brown sugar

If I have it, I add a bottle of chili sauce.

Sometimes I add the chili sauce and sometimes I don’t. I can’t really tell the difference. It just adds more liquid if you need it so it is not dry. If you don’t add chili sauce, add more ketchup. You might like it sweeter. If so, add more brown sugar.

I brown the ground beef in a skillet with finely chopped onions. If there is in any grease I drain it off, then I add ketchup, relish and brown sugar, and maybe a bottle of chili sauce. Let it simmer and serve on buns. And of course, for me, I want slaw. It’s a perfect meal and it is great for leftovers for two days. The more you warm it up the better it gets.

Please send me your favorite recipes, along with a picture and possibly a story behind the recipe. Send them to or call 937-393-3456. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Hughes is the advertising manager at The Times-Gazette. She is also a mother, grandmother and chef.

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