Friday, October 23, 2015

Sloppy Joes (Slush Burgers)

I grew up thinking Sloppy Joes were nasty. I don't recall my Mom ever really making them, but the ones served at school were mainly ketchup and tomato sauce with no spice at all and a couple crumbles of ground beef plopped on a bun. They were also called Slush Burgers, not Sloppy Joes.

Whether you call them Sloppy Joes or Slush Burgers, they are meant to be the same. And the are meant to taste GOOD. My sister, Crystal, made them for a gathering a couple years ago and I was grossed out at the thought. I dished up and put one on my plate to be polite. I was blown away by how much I loved them! She said she used the Sloppy Joe recipe from the Pioneer Woman. When I looked at the recipe it made sense that it would taste better than what I remembered from childhood.

I am now a Sloppy Joe fan! I gobbled up the leftovers for 2 days and was kind of bummed when it was all gone.

Here is the recipe I used. It is slightly adapted from the Pioneer Woman's recipe. Feed it to the next crowd you get. You won't be sorry.

Sloppy Joes (Slush Burgers)
Slightly Adapted from the Pioneer Woman
-2-1/2 pounds ground beef 
-Approx 1 cup onion, diced 
-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced 
-1-1/2 cup ketchup 
-1 cup water 
-2 TB brown sugar 
-3 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
-1 teaspoon dry mustard 
-1-2 TB Worcestershire Sauce
-Ground black pepper, to taste 
-Sliced American Cheese (optional)

Brown the ground beef until cooked through. Drain most of the fat and discard.

Add onions, and garlic to the meat and cook for a few minutes until the onions are softened a bit.

Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, Worcestershire and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, 
Taste and add pepper if needed.
Spoon meat mixture over the bottom half of the bun, top with a slice of cheese if you want. Top with other half of bun and enjoy! 

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