Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Grandma's Barbeque Sandwiches a.k.a. Sloppy Joes

Close your eyes and imagine... a fresh, soft hamburger bun filled with ground meat and a special combination of spices, messy but not too messy and of course, delicious...this picture in your mind will have to do for now, since I didn't get a chance to photograph the Sloppy Joes we had this week. It's not a gourmet recipe or a fancy feast but it IS the best recipe for Sloppy Joes ever! The recipe came from my father's mother and gets compliments every time. The small amounts of cinnamon and allspice sound strange to put in a savory recipe, but you have to have faith and believe me when I tell you it works. It's not a difficult recipe either, so the next time you go for that can of Manwich, try these instead...

Grandma's Barbeque Sandwiches

1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 lbs ground beef
1 small bottle of ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

Saute the celery and onions in a skillet with a little oil until they begin to soften. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, being careful not to brown the celery and onions. Add the remaining ingredients (eyeball the amount of ketchup you need to make just enough sauce for the amount of beef in the pan) and simmer together for about 10 minutes or so. Serve on rolls.

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