[not your momma’s] sloppy joes
I have to start this post with a disclaimer. My mom’s sloppy joes are really, really good. In fact, the foundation of this recipe (brown sugar + ketchup) is what she always used. It was just such a catchy title… (sorry, Mom).
That being said, I have had some seriously gross sloppy joes. To this day, I have no idea what they passed off as “sloppy joe meat” in my elementary school cafeteria. And that manwich slop that comes in a can? Forget it.
You don’t have to worry about being disappointed with this recipe, though. The credit goes to my good friend (“good friend” meaning I love blog-stalking her while she has no idea who I am), the Pioneer Woman. Finally, a sloppy joe recipe worthy of this epic tribute. (Yes, this is the best video I could find. Apparently all the best SNL videos are mysteriously absent from the Internet. The magic really starts happening at 2:o8.)
- 2½ lbs ground beef
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ c ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp chili powder (more to taste)
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (more to taste)
- Worcestershire sauce, to taste
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Cheddar cheese
- Hamburger buns (we used ciabatta rolls and they were perfect)
- Cook ground beef in a large pot until browned; drain fat. Add meat back to the pot along with peppers, onions, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, until vegetables begin to get soft.
- Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Bring to a simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to taste.
- Toast buns/rolls if desired. Load the meat on those buns (enough to get sloppy), top with cheese, and enjoy!