When I was a kid, my parents used to make Sloppy Joe's from that canned Manwich (that we called Mammwich) stuff. I was never very fond of Sloppy Joe's as a result. This week my friend invited us over to dinner and told me when we arrived that we were having Sloppy Joe's. My stomach immediately seized and I was worried I was going to gag. LOL!!! But when I saw fresh ingredients on the counter top, my stomach unclenched a little. This is a fun recipe my friend Erica found from a crock pot cook book (Crock Pot's Busy Family Recipe's), but being impatient like me, we cooked it on the stove top to make it a faster recipe. HOLY MOSES!!! I am a fan of Sloppy Joe's...in fact, I think I'll stop calling them Sloppy Joe's and call them Sloppy Erica's to honor my friend for introducing me to this recipe!
Campfired -Up Sloppy Erica's Joes:
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbecue sauce (we used KC's Masterpiece)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 can (8 ounces) baked beans
6 kaiser rolls, split and warmed
Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (optional)
Brown ground beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic 6 to 8 minutes in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat. Drain and discard excess fat. Transfer to Crock Pot Slow Cooker (which we neglected to do).
Combine ketchup, barbecue sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl. Transfer to Crock Pot slow cooker (we just added this to the meat).
Add baked beans. Stir well to combine. cover, cook on HIGH 3 hours. Or just simmer on the stove until you so damn hunger you can't stand it!
To serve, place 1/3 cup Sloppy Joe/Erica mixture on bottom halves of rolls. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired, before covering with roll top.
ENJOY YOUR SLOPPY MESS!!!
The BBQ flavor through out this recipe takes these Sloppy Joe's OVER THE TOP!!! I am a sucker for BBQ so this made me feel like I was eating BBQ beef. Hmmmm....now I want more!!!
Thanks so much for having us to dinner, Erica!!!!