We spent the night camping and used the pie iron for all of our meals. It was glorious. You can make just about anything in a pie iron we made Omelets for breakfast, these delicious sloppy joes for dinner and a cherry cream cheese pie for dessert.
We love using a pie iron for multiple reasons: there is rarely any difficult clean up, everyone can use them and they make easy, handheld meals. It’s not very often that you think of making a Philly Cheesesteak when camping, but with a pie iron that is an easy meal.
These pie iron sloppy joes went over well with the whole family. By adding a little cheese to the mix you’re able to get the sloppy joes to easily melt together and stick. To make things really easy at the campsite, I made the sloppy joes ahead of time and put them in a container. Below is the recipe for the sloppy joes, you can also use a sloppy joe mix like Manwich.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- ¼ cup onion, chopped
- ¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- cooking spray
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- To assemble, spray the pie iron with cooking spray. Put buttered bread face down in pie iron, cover with about 3 tablespoon of sloppy joe mix and 1 tablespoon of cheese. Cover with other piece of buttered bread and close pie iron.
- Cook over hot coals for 2 minutes, turn and cook the other side for 2 minutes. Check often as it can burn quickly.