Sloppy Joes

I have a secret.  I am really a little bit obsessed with sloppy joes.  I don’t really know when or how it started.  My mom never made sloppy joes when I was growing up.  I went to summer camp once and I don’t think they were ever made there.  Where did this obsession come from?  I have no idea.  But they are just so wonderful, and I have decided it’s my life calling to make every single sloppy joes recipe known to man.  Which works out well for me, considering I am only allowed to make a dish one time before moving on!

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Today’s sloppy joe recipe comes from Posed Perfection.  It was such a great balance of sweet, tangy, zesty, saucy, beefy, and…well I could go on. 😉  I have made my fair share of turkey sloppy joes, but this recipe calls for lean ground beef.  You can easily swap out what kind of ground meat you want for it (now that I think about it, I’m intrigued at the idea of chicken or pork…).  In this recipe, the brown sugar and barbecue sauce make it sweet, but the mustard gives it some tang, which is a great mix!  I think I went overboard on the sauce…the original recipe calls for “one can” of sauce, and, well, cans come in all shapes and sizes!  I ended up using a fairly large can and was only planning to use half of it, but before I knew it, I had dumped in the whole thing.  Oops.  So I just used a slotted spoon to scoop the mixture onto the buns.  I used whole wheat fancy buns and paired with a side of green beans – great, easy, & simple dinner!

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Sloppy Joes

serves 4+

Ingredients:
-1lb lean ground beef
-1/3cu finely chopped onion
-1tbsp olive oil
-1 can tomato sauce (approx. 12oz would be best)
-1tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
-1tsp mustard (I added more to increase the tanginess)
-2tbsp BBQ sauce of choice (original Sweet Baby Ray’s is all we have in this household!)
-1tbsp brown sugar
-salt and pepper to taste
-buns of your choice

Directions:
-Saute onion in olive oil until soft, then add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink and drain.
-Stir in the tomato sauce, Worchestershire sauce, mustard, bbq sauce and brown sugar. Cook until heated through. -Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a hamburger bun.

Other Sloppy Joe Recipes seen on Never The Same Dish:

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Sriracha Sloppy Joes

-Expect yet another one next week!

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