Bronson is one of those guys who really likes meat. As in, doesn’t consider it a meal unless it involves meat. So, we end up buying a lot of beef, and we’re always trying to figure out what we can do with it. A few nights ago, we ended up making some bomb Sloppy Joe’s. I was once of those 90’s kids who grew up eating Manwich Sloppy Joe’s sauce from a can, and one night I was inspired to make a truly awesome, memorable Sloppy Joe. Or, would it be make some truly memorable Sloppy Joe‘s?…….
We started by browning the ground beef in a large frying pan with chopped garlic, chopped Serrano peppers, salt and pepper. When the beef was browned, we added large diced onion and swirled barbecue sauce over it.
|Bronson wanted y’all to see his pretty BBQ swirl
We sliced a red pepper and tossed the strips in olive oil, salt, pepper, and a helluva lot of cayenne pepper. Bronson and I dig on spicy food, so of course our Sloppy Joe’s has to be spicy Sloppy Joe’s. We laid the red pepper strips onto a baking sheet and roasted them for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Back to the ground beef – I mixed in some Worcestershire sauce, Siracha sauce, tomato paste and a can of diced tomatoes. I mixed all of that goodness in and then added a shit ton of spices. More cayenne, chili powder, a little bit of cumin, some oregano, a titch of this super smoky paprika that Bronson picked up, more salt and pepper. I went to town on that sauce. When it finally hit the right spot on my palette, a great mixture of spicy and smoky, I let it all cook down a wee bit more.
Bronson and I piled the saucy sloppiness onto some Kaiser rolls and topped it with the roasted red pepper strips. This meat mix was so intense that I didn’t want to attempt eating it as a sandwich, I took the coward’s way out with a knife and fork. Although I may not have eaten myself sloppy, Bronson surely did. I watched in pride and horror as he tackled his massive sandwich – really, this was a Manwich if I’d ever seen one – and tried to keep it in line. He ended up with Sloppy Joe running down his fingers and all over his chin, but he just grinned at me and nodded as he chewed.
Recipe for Sloppy Joe’s
2 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Onion, large diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Red Pepper, cut into strips
2 Serrano peppers
1 can Tomato Paste
1 can Diced Tomatoes
6+ splashes Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
4 tablespoons Siracha sauce
2 teaspoons Cumin
1 tablespoon Cayenne Pepper, plus more for dressing red pepper strips
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Oregano
1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
Brown the ground beef in large frying pan with the diced onion, crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Toss the red pepper strips in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Lay them on a baking sheet and roast for 15 min at 350 degrees. When the beef is browned, add the sauces and spices. Let the mixture all cook together. Pile the mixture onto sturdy buns (yes, you can laugh at that) and top with the roasted red pepper strips.