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Playing Sloppy Joe Bar

Keep chicken warm in a slow cooker with toppings and buns alongside.


  • 1 store-bought rotisserie or 1 chicken, seasoned with Kosher salt and refrigerated uncovered overnight*
For the Buffalo Joe Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 rib celery with leafy tops finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s RedHot or other cayenne pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 cup light in color and flavor beer or chicken stock
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
For serving:
  • Sliced bread and butter pickles
  • Shredded white cabbage
  • 8 potato or other soft sandwich rolls
  • Crumbled smoked blue or Maytag blue cheese


Serves: 8 sandwiches


*If roasting your own chicken, remove from fridge and pat dry. Roast at 425°F to golden and the internal temperature reaches 165°F on a thermometer. Let cool then separate chicken from skin and bones and pull into bite-sized pieces.

For the sauce, heat a skillet over medium to medium-high heat with olive oil, 1 turn of pan. Melt in butter, add celery, carrot, onion, garlic and cook to soften. Season vegetables with salt and pepper, and add hot sauce, sugar, Worcestershire, beer and tomato sauce and stir to combine. Add chicken meat and let simmer a few minutes for flavors to combine and to thicken. 

To assemble, on the roll bottoms place some pickles, cabbage, some sloppy Buffalo chicken, blue cheese crumbles and set bun tops in place.

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