Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Inspirational Sloppy Joes

Facebook friend Alycia of the Tablescapes at Table 21 blog recently posted a blurb and photo that had my mouthwatering. She had decided to make homemade Sloppy Joes, adapting her recipe from four or five recipes that she had found on Pinterest, playing with it until it tasted right. She added that they were so delicious that her husband didn't stop at two of them.

I couldn't remember the last time I had made Sloppy Joes, so was intent upon doing just that. She told me that her basic recipe was one from Pioneer Woman, but that she added a number of extra ingredients. I took the same recipe and, like she did, made it my own with numerous additions and deletions. They were so good, undoubtedly the best Sloppy Joes that I had ever eaten. Because I cut the original recipe in half as it would have made way too many for my interest, you can feel free to double this one if you like.

I think one of the reasons why I liked this version so much is because I used one of my favorite Melissa's products, yup, you guessed it, Fire Roast Sweet Red Bell Peppers instead of the called for fresh green pepper. There is a need, I think, to have peppers in a Sloppy Joe, but I have always found that green peppers tend to overwhelm the taste. These complemented rather than overwhelmed, and I will never make another Sloppy Joe without them. You have to try this recipe. With fall coming up it will be a mealtime staple, and is perfect for gatherings for football season.

Inspirational Sloppy Joes

1 Tablespoon butter
1-1/4 pounds ground chuck
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup ketchup (I used equal portions of regular and Sriracha ketchup)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used Stubbs)
1/2 cup beef broth
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder (more or less, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce (more or less, to taste)
1 Tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (more or less, to taste)

Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain fat on a paper towel-lined plate.

Add onions, red peppers, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until onion begins to soften.

Stir in ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and broth. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper, to taste. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Serve on toasted buns.

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Thelma said...

They look so delicious. I must try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Good reminder of something I love but never make. Like you I like to make my own version, and yours looks delicious. I combined several recipes when I made a big batch of sloppy Joes for a church dinner several years ago. I remember the other ladies were horrified that I wasn't going to buy Sam's sized cans of sloppy Joe sauce and just mix it with hamburger - lol! ;)

Alycia Nichols said...

You GO, girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yours look incredibly delish! I'm surprised you'd want to try them from MY lame-o photo!!! 😁 I'm glad they turned out just the way you like. I agree...the sweet red bell peppers lend a more desirable flavor than the green. I used both, but I made certain to use a FEMALE green pepper which is better/sweeter/less mouth-puckering than a male one. Now when you're cheering on your teams this fall and winter (as a Kansas City girl, you KNOW I can't even bring myself to utter their names...especially since we just got tromped!!! ⚾️), you'll have one more go to recipe to warm your tummy!

thepaintedapron.com said...

I haven't had a sloppy Joe in forever, sounds crazy good!

Miz Helen said...

Your Sloppy Joes look amazing and we will love them! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic week!
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

The Charm of Home said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

The Cape Coop said...

Woah - those are some seriously delicious looking Sloppy Joes!! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!