(My dad’s sloppy joes involved a mustard-based sauce. Evil Rob took it upon himself to tinker with the recipe and this is the result—in his words.)
1 lb Ground Beefs
1 Red Bell Pepper – diced
1/2 Yellow Onion – diced
Red Wine Vinegar
2 TBS Tomato Paste
“The Yellow Stuff”
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup Chicken Stock
Cracked Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Mustard
Hamburger Buns (Potato if you got ’em)
In a bowl mix the ground mustard with about 1 tsp of the Vinegar and 1 tsp of the Wour…stuff sauce—and let it sit until we get back to it.
So you take your beefs and put them in a medium-high skillet with a tiny droozle of cooking oil.
Break up the beefs and start browning—this should look crumbly.
Stir in the BBQ Sauce for some sweetness—and some Garlic Salt for some “season”
Cook until fully browned—then toss in your diced veggies (and a splash more oil if your beefs is lean) and start em cooking down—turn down the heat to medium if it seems to be frying rather than cooking down gently.
Take the ground mustard sauce and the tomato paste and also mix that in as well.
Once the veggies look like they’re softening, start adding the Yellow Stuff in small doses while stirring it in—once you get a yellowish tinge… time to stop with that.
Throw in the stock, cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes—then turn down to lowish heat.
OK—now to add the finishing flavors—hit it with the ketchup (and a little more of the yellow stuff if you so wish) until it starts just “hanging together” as you stir it. A lot of this will depend on how lean the beefs was.
Give it a splash of the vinegar and the Woooooster Sauce as well as the cinnamon, some black pepper and a bit more garlic salt. Cover and cook for just a few minutes more while you toast the buns.
This can either be served open-face, but should also have enough “hang together” to give a satisfying sandwich experience.
For variations with a little more ooomph, add a diced and seeded Jalepeno along with the other Veg, or swap out about half the Yellow Stuff with Dijon… or just throw in some red pepper flake. Maybe add 1/4 diced mini dill pickles along with the ketchup. Maybe a kitchen sink would work well as a garnish.