Sloppy Joes…

Those two words bring up childhood memories of camp for me.  That’s really the only time I ate these messy creations.  Sometimes we’d have it for dinner at home, but it was rare.  I was feeling a bit nostalgic so I made a sloppy joe night.  And with a name like that, what’s not to love about it?

I used fresh brisket and ground it in my meat grinder.  I chose brisket b/c it’s lean enough to feel good about but fatty enough to make the meat tender.  And it was too lean to smoke or roast.

Some cayenne, thyme, cloves, and paprika added a deep and spicy character to the dish.  I also added some liquid smoke just because, well, smoked things are great.

As for the veggies, I went with the normal celery, carrot, onion, and tomato sauce.  But we had corn in the veggies bin so I added one ear of that as well.

When you saute the beef, it must brown well for a good flavor so don’t crowd the pan.  I did it in batches.

The sauce came along beautifully, bursting with colors, scents, and flavors (well, I’m allowed to try it as I go).

Mmmm, it looks sloppy already.  Some people don’t like corn in this.  Take it out, it’s no biggie.  It’s just another vegetable to make it…umm…healthy.

Sloppy Joes

1 T olive oil
1/2 cup minced carrots
1 cup minced sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 ear corn, cut off the cob
3 cloves garlic, minces
kosher salt
1 1/2 lb ground brisket
1/2 cup ketchup
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T red wine vinegar
2 T brown sugar
pinch ground cloves
1 T paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 t dried thyme
black pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add carrots and saute for 5 minutes.  Add the celery, onion, and corn.  Cook another 5 minutes until onions sweat and become translucent.  Add the garlic, stir for 30 seconds, and remove from heat.  Set veggies aside.

Salt the bottom of the skillet and heat on high.  Add beef and let it sit, don’t stir it.  When they’re browned then stir them around.  Brown all sides and do the next batch of meat.

Add the beef and veggies into the pan.  Add ketchup, tomatoes, Worcestershire, vinegar, brown sugar and mix well.  Add your cayenne, paprika, thyme, and cloves.  Reduce to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

I’m not sure if you speak Sloppy Joe, but it’s screaming “EAT ME!!!”

*next up…Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings…*

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