Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Sloppy Joe" (Barbeque or BBQ to me)

An incredibly useful recipe--makes a big batch to feed many or freeze; also a good meal base (see options at end of post).

Barbeque (Sloppy Joe)
Grandma Walburg’s recipe
Yield: 10 cups (20+ servings)
45 min prep + 1 hour simmer

3 lbs. ground beef
2 large onions, chopped
1-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 cups chopped celery
1 tsp chili powder
14 oz ketchup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
2 cups water
¼ cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcester sauce

Chop vegetables. Brown meat and vegetables in large pot, sautéing until celery is soft.

Add chili powder; cook 2 minutes.

Add all the rest of the ingredients and simmer, uncovered, for an hour.

Freezes well in large or small portions. Serve in buns or over bread.
Other options: To 3 cups of the mixture: Add a packet of taco seasoning and use in taco salad, nachos, etc. Add a can of whole tomatoes and a can of chili beans to make chili. Add a can of spaghetti and a can of vegetable soup for goulash. My grandma would freeze a batch and take the extra ingredients for camping meals—they’re easy to mix up in electric frypans.

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