Do not buy Manwich. Do not buy Manwich ever again.
You may very well have everything you need in your pantry right now to make “sloppy joes” that will make a “manwich” taste flat and stupid.
Here is the recipe, so simple and yet so lively and wonderful that you are going to hit yourself in the back of the head for days for not having this (Alton Brown) recipe in your possession before right this minute:
1 onion, cut up
1 teaspoon garlic
1 pound hamburger
Brown all together then drain (ahemâ€¦or notâ€¦).
Add 1 cup ketchup, 1 cup water with 1/4 cup brown sugar dissolved, and 1 tablespoon molasses. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and wait to thicken.
I would only add that half a red pepper diced adds some awesome color and flavor. And other peppers you might have sitting around might add a bit of heat.
By the way, this method, with the ketchup and the brown sugar and the mole-asses? What a great meatloaf glaze it is.