Sloppy Joes are as American as Apple Pie and Texas Brisket. The origin story of the Sloppy Joe says it was invented in 1930 by a cook named Joe in Sioux City, Iowa. Joe took tomato sauce and added it to a loose meat sandwich, which has been popular in Iowa. Thus creating the Sloppy Joe that we know today. Sloppy Joes are similar to other barbecue style dishes and are heavily regionally influenced in tradition and ingredients.
The team at Smoked Bros wanted to share our recipe of Sloppy Bros... We mean.. Sloppy Joes.
YIELDS: 8 servings
PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 20 mins
TOTAL TIME: 30 mins
2 tbsp. butter
2 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 whole large onion, diced
1 whole large green bell pepper, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c. ketchup
1 c. water
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. Smoked Bros Mild Chili Mix (more to taste)
1 tsp. Smoked Bros Point Man (You could substitute with dry mustard)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. tomato paste (optional)
Hot Sauce (optional; to taste)
Kaiser rolls (We prefer Wheat Kaiser rolls)
Butter for rolls
Add a pad of butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain the fat and discard grease.
Add onions, green pepper, and garlic with a little bit of butter. Cook for a few minutes, or until the vegetables get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, Chili Mix, Point Man, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, feel free to add more salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls, topping with a slice of cheese if it makes your skirt fly up. Serve hot with kettle cooked chips!
*** You can also serve over top of chips for a Walking Sloppy Joe.***
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