Secretly... I used to hate sloppy joes. The reason, was because I used the canned sauce. Every time I think about the metallic taste the sauce had, I shiver. Seriously, the sauce and meat ratio did not work for me. Too much runny sauce and not enough meat caused me to throw out ⅓ of the can. What a waste!
I remember the first time, I made homemade sloppy joes. I was on cloud nine! I could not believe how we had missed out on something so yummy. From that moment on, I have not looked at sloppy joes with disdain.
The wonderful thing about making your own sloppy joes, you probably have all the ingredients on hand and you can adjust the sauciness to your liking.
~Sloppy Joes~2 pounds ground meat
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2-3 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard (depending on your liking)
¾ - 1 cup ketchup
1-2 tablespoon brown sugar (I use my homemade brown sugar)
salt and pepper to taste
In a frying pan over medium heat, brown meat, onion, and green pepper; drain off fat. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
*Two pounds of meat is more than most recipes call for, but I have a growing teenage boy who loves sloppy joes, so if I want to enjoy a couple myself, then I need more meat in the pan.
If you have extra meat and no hamburger buns, why not make Sloppy Hogs and use hot dog buns. Get it ~ Sloppy Hogs, hot dog buns? Yeah, believe me they are just as tasty!
If you make your own ketchup this would be even more super yummy. I've tried making these with my ketchup recipe and liked them even more. I am working on the exact amounts of ingredients momentarily and I will be posting about making your own sometime in the near future.