Michaela’s Venison Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes


This is one of my daughter Michaela’s recipes. Michaela has experimented with the sauce mix over time, but has settled on this one as her favorite. With barbecue sauce and a hint of brown sugar, these sloppy joes have a bit of sweet and salty action going on. If you want to kick it up a notch, add some sliced jalapeno peppers and a bit of the juice from the pepper jar to the mix. We normally use whitetail or mule deer, but any ground meat works well. Ground bear meat is particularly tasty in this recipe.



  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons yellow mustard


Brown the ground venison in a skillet with the onions. Once the onions are soft and the venison has browned, transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate everything. Turn the slow cooker to low and simmer for up to eight hours. Serve the sloppy joes on buns or over cooked spaghetti noodles.

Recipe courtesy of Michael Pendley/Realtree Outdoors/Timber 2 Table.


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2 Responses to “Michaela’s Venison Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes”

  1. Steve Schaefer


    I am a bit fussy about “sloppy” food and generally pass on this type of fare. BUT – the picture and recipe is making my mouth water !! So it is down to the freezer and out to the garden for me !

  2. Charles Bolam

    This is a better way to enjoy ground venison, it is delicious. The children love it.