Cowboy Joes

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My boys sometimes get to choose what is for dinner.  Often, this is their request.  By often, I mean we could eat them once a week.

Cowboy Joes are a smoky, tasty, twist on a classic sloppy joe you know and love.  Last time I made these, my youngest was switching schools so he got to choose what was for dinner the night before.  On the way to school the next morning, in the midst of a narrow canyon, around a sharp bend, we come upon an entire herd of sheep and sheep herders coming right toward us.  On the highway, side to side, cars lined up the other direction for a long way. (Check out the picture – ignore my dirty windshield)


Completely slowed us up, but we made it to school on time!

These truly are one of my cowboys absolute favorite meals.  You can’t go wrong!!  Serve ‘em up and please the cow punchers (or regular folk) in your life!!   ~Kathy

Ingredients for beef:

  • 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
  • ¼ c. onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. heaping salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper


Ingredients for sauce:

  • 1 T. Worcestershire
  • 1/3 c. water
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2/3 c. catsup
  • 4 T. smoky BBQ sauce
  • 1½ tsp. mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste


In a large skillet, combine first 5 ingredients.  Cook until beef is cooked through.   Drain on paper towel lined plate and return to pan.  Add remaining ingredients, stir well to combine.  Adjust seasonings if needed. Simmer about 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened and no longer runny.

Serve immediately on hamburger buns.

WW Info: This recipe makes 7 servings.  Each 1/3 cup serving is 4 points (on purple, blue, and green).  We did not include a bun in the calculation; this gives you more freedom to choose your favorite.

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