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Apr 5, 2006 12:09 AM

Sloppy Joe

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Please share your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe.

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  1. 2 lbs. ground beef
    Kitchen sink*, to taste

    Brown beef. Add kitchen sink*. Simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Serve over hamburger buns.

    * Kitchen sink may include ketchup/Heinz Chili Sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, etc. The idea is to add enough to make the "sandwiches" sloppy, in whatever combination suits your palate.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Kirk

      Heinz Chili Sauce is my "secret recipe" =0)

      1. re: Kelly

        Heinz Chile Sauce and Sweet Relish is mine. But definitely, Heinz.

      2. re: Kirk

        Yep, kitchen sink it is. I have several recipes, but always end up throwing in a bit of this and that until it tastes right. Mustard is the one that I consider least obvious, but which turns out to be necessary to get the flavor I expect. In addition to the kitchen sink list, I also put in celery seed and black pepper, and I probably use some tomato paste to avoid too much catsup, which gets sweeter than I like if I use too much.

      3. I can't put my hands on it right now but the joy of Cooking recipe is a revelation. It's a bit of work but it's terrific. iirc one important ingredient is finely diced red bell peppers, also ketchup, a little cayenne, uh uh...

        anyway it's delicious and it will put you right off of any half-measures in this department. And, they call it "loosemeat" which cracks me up every time.

        1. My husband makes what he calls Tavern Bun by sauting 1 fine chopped onion with a small clove of chopped garlic until tender, adding a pound of ground beef and cooking until browned. Drain grease and add 1 can of condensed tomato soup, about a T each of yellow mustard, cider vinegar and sugar and 1 t worchestershire. Add ketchup to taste, usually about 3 or 4 T. Let simmer for about 10 minutes and then fiddle with above ingredients to alter it to your tastes.