When the summer heat waves arrive, sometimes the thought of cooking anything in your kitchen just isn’t appealing. Keep the heat in your kitchen to a minimum by putting your slow cooker to work. This recipe for Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from The Gluten-Free Homemaker just takes a few minutes to prep before your slow cooker finishes it off during the day. This recipe makes a large quantity, so freeze the leftovers for another easy summer night meal. Consider pairing these Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes with one of these wines:
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe and Wine Pairing
Sloppy Joes are comfort at its finest, full of rich and sweet tomato sauce (aka ketchup), and fresh vegetables. Look to a wine that is also rich, yet full of bright fruit flavors and aromas with good acidity to hold up to the sweet tomato sauce and hearty meat.
Barbera: Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d’Asti ~ $15
We love Barbera for Sloppy Joes because they are fruity with great acidity. This Barbera has deep blackberry, cherry, and plum aromas, low tannins, and good acidity to balance out the tomato sauce, with the weight to stand up to the richness of the dish.
Carmenere: Santa Ema Select Terroir Carmenere ~ $12
Carmenere is another favorite for this hearty comfort dish. The deep color, intense black berry fruit, along with tobacco and earthy bell peppers, stand up to the rich flavors of the dish. The dark berries and pepper will integrate well with the richly flavored Sloppy Joes.
Zinfandel: Cline Zinfandel ~ $10
Sloppy Joes are a very affordable and simple dish perfect for a weeknight dinner. Chose a wine equally affordable. This Zinfandel is a fantastic value for its bold, spicy, and fruity flavors. Lots of dark berry fruit, plum, vanilla, and toasty spice aromas with a smooth body and soft tannins. The sweet vanilla notes are a good match for the sweet sauce.
Zinfandel: Joel Gott Zinfandel ~ $15
Lots of mixed berry fruit (blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry) on this lush and fruity Zinfandel. Spicy with lush fruit flavors, a bit of pepper, and just enough acidity for it to balance perfectly with the hearty meat and rich sauce.
Zinfandel: Rodney Strong, Knotty Vines ~ $18
The rich berry aromas and luscious body on this Zin make for a natural match for this comfort dish. Deep, yet bright, berry fruit along with the signature pepper lead to more spice and a nice richness with balanced tannins and acidity. All things fruity, rich, and smooth to pair with these Sloppy Joes.
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