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Cheesy Beer and Bacon Sloppy Joe Sliders

Cheesy Beer and Bacon Sloppy Joe Sliders

Bite sized sloppy joes with crispy bacon and a robust beer cheese sauce.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com


  • For sloppy joes:
  • 1/2 tablespoon canola or coconut oil
  • 5 strips of bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon beef spice rub/seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper, or to taste
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  • For beer cheese sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Warsteiner Pilsner or Pilsner beer of your choice
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper, or to taste
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  • For serving:
  • Pepperidge Farm® Bakery Classics Sweet & Soft Slider Buns


  1. To make sloppy joes: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard bacon grease, leaving about ½ a tablespoon grease in the skillet.
  2. Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or metal spatula, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Stir in beef rub and diced onions. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, both mustards, barbecue sauce, salt and pepper and cooked bacon to skillet. Stir until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until thickened.
  5. To make beer cheese sauce: In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, whisking constantly until a thick, golden roux is formed, about 2-3 minutes. Whisking constantly, whisk in beer and milk.
  6. Reduce heat to low and whisk in both cheeses, nutmeg, paprika, salt and black pepper. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened. If sauce thickens too much stir in additional milk or beer, as needed.
  7. Stir approximately 1/3 cup cheese sauce into sloppy joe mixture, reserving the remainder of the sauce for serving.
  8. To serve: Preheat broiler to high heat. Take apart slider buns and place cut side up on a small baking sheet. Place buns under broiler and toast for 1-2 minutes. Once toasted, spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the sloppy joe mixture onto the toasted bottom slider buns.
  9. Top sloppy joe filling with an additional 1-2 tablespoons cheese sauce. Serve immediately.