Rich, sweet and tangy, these sloppy Joes are significantly better


Rich, sweet and tangy, these sloppy Joes are significantly better
Sloppy Joes
Rich, sweet and tangy, these sloppy Joes are significantly better
and almost as easy as any flavoring sauce from a can. Be careful
not to cook the meat beyond pink in step 2; if you let it brown at
this point it will end up dry and crumbly. The meat will finish
cooking once the liquid ingredients are added. Serve, piled high
on a bun, with your favorite pickles.
Single recipe makes 4 servings
Single recipe – serves 4
Double recipe -- serves 8
2 tablespoons
1 medium
½ teaspoon
2 cloves
½ teaspoon
1 pound
¼ teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1 cup (8 ounces)
½ cup (4.8 ounces)
¼ cup (2 ounces)
¼ teaspoon
1 teaspoon
2 pounds
½ teaspoon
2 teaspoons
2 cups (16 ounces)
1 cup (9.6 ounces)
½ cup (4 ounces)
½ teaspoon
vegetable oil
onion(s), ¼-inch dice
garlic, finely diced, grated or
pressed through a garlic press
chili powder
85% lean ground beef
ground black pepper
brown sugar
tomato purée
hot pepper sauce
hamburger buns
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and salt; stir
until coated with oil. Reduce the heat to medium; cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the
onion is soft -- about 10 minutes (if the onion begins to burn after 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low).
2. Prepare the garlic by either finely dicing with a knife, grating on a medium microplane zester, or
passing it through a garlic press. Add the garlic and chili powder; cook, uncovered, stirring
constantly, until fragrant -- about 30 seconds. Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat with the
straight front edge of a pancake spatula, a potato masher or a wooden spoon, until just pink -- about
3 minutes.
3. Add the black pepper, brown sugar, tomato purée, ketchup, water, and hot sauce. Simmer until
the Sloppy Joe sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the
seasonings as desired. Spoon the meat mixture onto hamburger buns and serve.
Make Ahead If there is leftover Sloppy Joe filling or a double recipe is made, the meat mixture
freezes well for up to one month. To return the meat mixture to its original consistency, a little water
may need to be added when it is reheated.
Based on a recipe from
Cook’s Country, October/November 2005