So all day I was thinking about posting this recipe and all day I had that *&^%$#@! Adam Sandler song “Sloppy joe slop, sloppy joe… ” song in my head. Like literally the ENTIRE day! I caught myself in the middle of a meeting singing it in my head and then smiling. Yeah.. not good when people are asking you questions and you’re out in left field.
And yes, as I’m typing this I’m singing that damn song STILL in my head but reminiscing back to my undergrad days (centuries ago mind you) and when I met Adam Sandler. He was just getting started on TV and landed a sweet gig on MtV’s Remote Control as Stud Boy. The show came to our campus and I got to hang out all day and night with him and the cast/crew. I won’t go into too many details but he was a total riot and a blast. Even back then, in our early 20’s he was a genuine and nice. I’ll have to dig out my pics from that day… somewhere in this house 🙂
Anyway, back to Sloppy Joe, slop, sloppy joe… Growing up, I HATED these things. Now my mother was an amazing cook however… *sorry Mom* she made sloppy joes using that canned um sloppy joe mix. Sorry but that was just probably the worst thing EVER you could make me eat. Hunks of peppers, onions and yuckiness. I truly believe THAT is what brought on the Squinched up face I still make to this day when something is just ‘icky’ and I am forced to eat it. LOL
Well when Mr. Fantabulous and I started dating he asked me one night to make these. The horror of “OH GOD NO” was pretty evident on my face however I wanted to impress this man with my culinary mad skills so I set out to make these from scratch. About 40 min or so later they were done however like any great cook, you need to taste not only as you go but before you present it. Yeah.. .I was NOT looking forward to that as flashbacks of my sitting at the kitchen table for HOURS as I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until I finished my plate in front of me. Um let’s just say I’m pretty stubborn and more often than none I won that battle and would go to bed with a bowl of cherrios in my tummy instead of the cuckiness on the plate 🙂
So I took the teensiest of tastes…
“Hmmm… hey… that’s not that bad…”
“Wait, that has some zing to it and it’s full of flavor..”
3 bites later, I was in love.
2 sandwiches later, so was Mr. Fantabulous ♥
- 1 pound lean ground beef, ground turkey or chicken
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped small
- 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped small
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
- 1 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbl plus 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- In a medium skillet, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper over medium heat.
- Strain off liquids.
- Add in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar; mix thoroughly.
- Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thick and bubbly
- Season with salt and pepper.
We love these served on a toasted bun with melted Velveeta or American cheese served with a big fat pickle and salty potato chips.