Yes!!! Finally I have done it!!! I have made my daughters’ beloved hohum sloppy joes that they love so much actually taste AMAZING!!! Sloppy Joes are not a pretty dish. There are tons of recipes out there that look great. I wanted to try more, but my girls stand by the recipe their daddy first made.
My husband remembers having this as a child. The only sloppy joes I had were in the school cafeteria and avoided at all cost. Maybe it was Manwich… Not sure, but I don’t ever remember my mom making a Sloppy Joe. And I thank her for that.
I had to figure out a way to make me like them more without adding cooks onions, peppers, or tomatoes that may give it away. I found a solution; tomato paste, barbecue sauce, onion and garlic powder and pimento cheese. The kids didn’t eat it with pimento cheese, but I will be happy to hog all the cheese for the time being. For real…TRY THIS COMBO!
Sloppy Joes- all my ingredients are now eyeballed and to taste, but these are pretty much the right portions- taste everything and add if needed.
1 pound ground beef
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
a generous shake of liquid smoke… Once I ran out and used worcestershire sauce and no one noticed.
a few shakes of onion and garlic powder- the real thing would be better, but I am easing them in to the idea of a different sauce…
pimento cheese- I used 2 tablespoons of Palmetto’s Bacon Cheese. I have made plenty of pimento cheese. Homemade pimento cheese is easy and delicious, bit this is a great premade brand.
Directions- Brown your ground beef. Drain any grease leftover. Add all your ingredients. Warm on low. I toasted MY bun, but the girls like theirs untoasted. I also made some Annie’s Mac and Cheese and canned baked beans.