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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Homemade Sloppy Joes



      Can I start this off with saying, I have never been a huge fan of Sloppy Joes. See, I have a problem with the sloppy part. I hate messy hands! But, this recipe is so amazing that I am willing to suffer through the dirty hands (and table and cups and everything) to enjoy this yummy homemade classic. The store bought version is FINE, but something about making it from scratch adds so many more flavors. This recipe takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and when you've had a long day that can come in handy!

      Preparation:

   
       Finely chop half a green pepper and about a 1/2 cup of onions. Both can be omitted if you have picky eaters but to be honest they probably wont even notice the peppers and onions in this amazingly messy meal. You could also sneak in so many other veggies if you want. Some options are red peppers, mushrooms, shredded carrots, or celery.  Next, heat large skillet to a medium-high heat. Add ground beef (or ground turkey if that's your thing) to skillet and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Let ground beef brown for about 7-8 minutes. Once ground beef is almost cooked all the way through add in peppers and onions and continue cooking for about 3-5 minutes longer. Once ground beef is cooked through drain off grease and return to skillet.



      Once you return ground beef and veggies to skillet lower to a low- medium heat to avoid splatter. Add in tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and Sweet baby Rays BBQ sauce. Mix well, cover and let simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve on a toasted bun. Can be topped with pickles, American cheese, or whatever else you would like!




Recipe:

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • half a green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce (or whatever BBQ sauce you love!)



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