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Mar 3, 2007 12:55 PM


I used to love Hunt's "Manwich" BBQ ground beef sandwiches as a teenager. Decades later, I recently bought a can and made a batch, according to Hunt's recipe, to revisit the taste/treat memory and found it to be shockingly and cloyingly sweet. One bite and the rest went into the trash. Unsalvageable.

Several months later I was thinking about Manwiches again and thought to myself "let me make my own adult version". The solution was simple. All I did was make my favorite tomato based ground meat spaghetti sauce from scratch, add a few scant dashes of Bull's Eye mesquite BBQ sauce, and put it on cheap, toasted Van De Kamp's english muffins rather than hamburger buns. Delicious!

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  1. I had a similar experience in college. I tried to relive some of my childhood memories and ended up thinking, "what the hell was I thinking?"

    I'll have to try your adult version.

    1. My down and dirty version is made with organic ketchup, lea and perrins, garlic and onion. Brown the meat, add the ketuchup, et al. Serve on warm Kaiser rolls. Either with tater tots or ridged potato chips to pick up the run off. Bf loves 'em.

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      1. re: bryan

        that pretty much how I make sloppy joe's, but instead of ketchup I use tomato paste and some canned tomatoes. :)

      2. i've never eaten "manwich", but i'll bet you a nickel it now has high fructose corn syrup in it.

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        1. I made the Sloppy Joe's recipe from the Joy of Cooking recently and it was quite good.

          1. I usually find the store-brand sloppy joe sauce to be less sweet than "real" Manwich. Only once did I ever spring for the real deal and I'll never bother again.