I've only ever seen one episode of The Next Food Network Star, but it will forever be stuck in my mind because of sloppy joes. Martha Stewart was a guest judge for the episode, and she was given a sample of sloppy joe to try. The look on her face was pretty much just priceless. In the end, she refused to eat it. Now, of course I love Martha Stewart (how can you be a foodie blogger and not love her endless supply of recipes?) but come on. Sure, sloppy joes get all over your hands, face, and plate, but they're also totally delicious! Just strap on a bib and dive on in!
These particular sloppy joes are exactly the way I like them. I love the subtle smoky flavor from the barbecue sauce, and the sauce is rich and tangy. I served them on some freshly baked pretzel rolls, and it was a perfect pairing. Even my sloppy joe-hating husband asked for seconds! I'm not going to claim that they are gourmet food, but they're delicious and easy to make, and loved by everyone in our family!
Barbecue Sloppy Joes
Mel's Kitchen Cafe
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 ½ pounds ground beef (I used ground turkey)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cup smoky BBQ sauce
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until it is finely crumbled, the liquid boils off and the meat begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Drain the grease off the meat and onions. Stir in the tomato paste, and keep stirring until the meat is coated. Add the BBQ sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. You can make the sloppy joe meat up to 2 days in advance and reheat it over low heat or in the microwave.
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