I've cooked up lots of Sloppy Joes for scout and church events, as well as family meals and this is the best I've ever found. Perfect for sliders with shredded cheese and pickles. Use as a dip with sturdy crackers or chips or as a topping for a taco salad. Flexible, quick and easy. Cooked mixture can be frozen. Experiment with adding shredded carrots or chopped green pepper. Recipe can be multiplied.
- 1 to 1-1/4 lb. ground beef
- 2 -3 stalks celery chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce I use Sweet Baby Ray's original
- 1 Tbs. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- salt and pepper
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbs. vinegar
- In a large skillet, brown the beef, onions, celery, and garlic. Drain off the fat. Return to skillet. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally--though I recently discovered it's a better consistency when I leave it uncovered.
- Serve on soft hamburger rolls or sliders. Top with grated cheddar cheese, if desired, and pickles.