Slow Cooker Bison Sloppy Joes

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A friend of mine recently spoiled herself with a slow cooker and she was in a pickle about what to make first. She arrived upon a good sloppy joe recipe and was raving about it. Honestly it made me want pick the lock to her apartment and steal her leftovers. What a great idea - crock pot sloppy josephs. Light bulb!

First and foremost, the thought of sloppy joes triggers that scene in Billy Madison. Come on - you know the one. "I know yous kids like 'em extraaa shloppyyyy" ... "Lady, you're scarin' us!" If you don't get that reference, leave now and never return. You might as well exit society and live out the rest of your sad, unfulfilled years as a wild animal. There's no room for Billy Madison ignoramuses on this website. 

Billy Madison aside, sloppy joes are also kind of nostalgic. I feel like every childhood should have been at least partially comprised of messy joe fingers. Actually, I don't think I've had a sloppy joe since my middle school cafeteria. What the hell is wrong with that picture?!? Ground meat + ketchup? Like...that should be worked into all of humanity's weekly menu. 

So anyways, my gal pal even went so far as to post a picture of her delicious looking sloppiness (what? insta-food pics? who does that??? oh...I 4x a day. lolz) which point I was like "OK THAT'S IT!" And the slow cooker sloppy joe saga commenced with what I now present you. Slow Cooker Bison Sloppy Joes! Feel free to sub the bison for any ground meat...I was just feelin' the bison for no particular reason.


  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (6 oz) of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Place the ground bison, onion and pepper at the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients and pour over the bison/onion/pepper mix.
  3. Set your slow cooker to LOW for 6 hours. About halfway through the cook time, give everything a good stir and make sure its all well coated for the remainder of the cook time.
  4. Serve over whatever you'd like! My favorite choices are zoodles or inside a baked sweet potato.