Sloppy Joes are a childhood favorite, but they can be just as pleasing to grown-ups, especially when paired with a delicious wine! This recipe for Sloppy Joes from Amy Green of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free is made from scratch with refined sugar-free ingredients. It’s simple and quick to prepare, so you can get a tasty meal on the table quickly.
Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe and Wine Pairing:
For a dish like sloppy joes, full of rich tomato sauce, homemade ketchup, and fresh vegetables, we look to a wine that is rich, yet full of bright fruit flavors and aromas, to hold up to the sweet tomato sauce. Look for something lush and fruit forward with good acidity.
Barbera: Renato Ratti Barbera d’Alba ~$18
This Barbera offers rich dark plum and black cherry aromas with a bit of spicy oak. Bold, yet balanced, this wine has the rich fruit, structured body, and acidity to hold up to the rich flavors of the dish.
Carmenere: Errazuriz Don Maximiano Estate Single Vineyard Carmenere ~$19
You’ll find lots of intense dark berry fruit, plum, and some mocha aromas on this full-bodied wine. The palate smoothes out with milder blackberry, fig, and some mild pepper with velvety tannins and a smoky finish. Power flavors seek powerful food, and the dark berries and pepper will integrate well with the richly flavored sloppy joes.
Barbera: Marcarini Ciabot Camerano Barbera d’Alba ~$18
Intensely colored, this wine is full of bright red berry aromas that lead into a full-bodied, balanced, dry wine with lively acidity. With juicy fruit and balanced tannins on the mouth, the ripe fruit and lingering acidity will play well with the sweet tomato sauce.
Zinfandel: Peachy Canyon Winery Westside Zinfandel ~$19
Zinfandel’s rich aromas and luscious body are a natural match for this comfort dish. This wine has powerful aromas of spice, dark chocolate, dark berries, freshly ground pepper, and a touch of oak. This leads into full-bodied wine with more luscious textures and rich fruit on the palate.
Zinfandel: Ravenswood Winery Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel ~$8
Sloppy Joes are an ideal quick, inexpensive, and easy weeknight dinner, and this wine is an incredible value making it perfect to accompany such an occasion. This crowd-pleasing Zinfandel has big flavors throughout, with dark cherries, chocolate, and oak. It is luscious and spicy in the mouth with balancing acidity. This wine is really remarkable for the price and very food friendly to boot.