I'm back from a mini-vacation to see some family. I got to spend some days with my sister, Maxine and her family and my brother, Larry and his family. Larry is married to Aggie from the blog Aggie's Kitchen. Check out the Beer Can Chicken we made. It was delicious and fun to make! Now, on to my recipe of Sloppy Joes. I grew up eating that famous "sloppy joe in a can" and that's how I made it at home. But, in the last couple of years, as my cooking has expanded, I've made sloppy joes from scratch. It is still very easy to make and very flavorful. Here is a version I tried when I saw it on Down Home with the Neelys on Food Network. It has more of a barbecue flavor and it was very tasty.
Spenser's Sloppy Joes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
4 hamburger buns, split
Barbecue sauce, for topping
Heat oil in a large skillet with straight sides. Add the bell peppers and garlic. Saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the ground beef to the vegetables. Stir and cook about 8 minutes, until the meat is no longer pink and fully cooked.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, and hot sauce into the skillet. Stir. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve on hamburger bun with extra sauce