Sloppy Joses

So apparently I lied and I wasn't done with the fall-themed posts...
This fall we started a new tradtion with our neighbors.  For each Chiefs' home, 12-o'clock noon football game, we decided to do a friendly backyard cook-off.  We decided on a main entree, or theme, each week (something that involved beef) and each whipped up our own version of said entree.  For example, chili, tacos, and my personal fave so far, Sloppy Joes! 

Me and Sloppy Joes go way back.  Growing up, my mom fixed it all the time.  It was our go-to Friday night meal before a high school football or basketball game.  My two bffs lived 15 minutes away in a neighboring town, so our house was often the after-school hangout until game time.  Sloppy Joes was something easy that my mom could throw in the crock-pot and we could enjoy as we pleased.  The tradtion somehow stuck and whenever I went to one of these bff's houses, their moms made Sloppy Joes, too!  Even through college, everytime we got together for a home-cooked meal, it was always homemade sloppy Joes by one of our moms!

So anyway, there's my backstory on that.  I've always loved and used my mom's recipe.  Until last year when I caught a Rachael Ray episode where she was making a tex-mex version called Sloppy Joses.  Oh my goodness, I'm not sure I can ever go back to my mom's version.  It was good, but Rachel's includes bacon, beer, and the perfect amount of spiciness.  What's better?  The hubs loves it, too.  In fact, he's been requesting it for weeks...ever since we finished the leftover after that Sunday afternoon Chief's game!  Here's the recipe!  I recommend you go buy the ingredients and try it asap!

Rachael Ray's Sloppy Joses
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup lager beer, at room temperature
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Franks Red Hot
  • Toppings: Fritos, jalapenos, and red pepper relish
  • Buns
    In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel to drain, then chop into small pieces.  (I used my electric chopper.) 
    Add the ground beef to the same pan and cook until browned, stirring with a spoon to crumble; season with a little salt and black pepper. Return the cooked bacon to the pan and add the onion, jalepenos, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and coriander. Cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
    In a medium bowl, stir together the beer, tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar, and hot sauce. Pour the mixture over the meat, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until ready to serve.
    Serve on buns topped with Fritos, jalepenos, and red pepper relish.  And if you live near a Lenny's Sub Shop, I totally recommend using their hot pepper relish.  Adds about a million times the flavor and is making my mouth water just thinking about it!  If you don't live near one, you may want to consider ordering a jar online.  It's that good.

     Here's my hubby slaving away over the skillet of Sloppy Joses!

    Now that I've blog posted this recipe, I have a feeling Sloppy Joses are in our near future.  This prego will be craving it until then!

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