These are kid tested and approved as “finger-lickin, bring-me-seconds good!” One secret spice will make these over-the-top and unique.
Sweet & Saucy Sloppy Joes
1 small onion or 1/2 minced
2 cloves of garlic smashed & minced
Olive oil, butter
Salt & pepper
1lb of ground beef & 1lb ground pork
8 oz tom sauce or 24 oz crushed tomatoes for extra saucy
1 heaping tomato paste
1 tbsp of Worcester or soy sauce
1 tsp smoke paprika & oregano
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt & pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar
-cook onions and garlic in the butter and oil over medium heat until onions start to turn color. Add meat and cook until brown. Drain off excess oil but 2 tbsp
-stir in tomato paste and remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for 3-5 minutes.
Kim’s Tip: toast the buns and they will be less likely to break or get soggy when topped with sloppy Joes.
To kick it up: sprinkle with cheese and garnish with butter pickles.
This homemade legendary meat sauce is simple, yet unforgettable. It has been featured at several catering events with 5 star reviews. Check out our Kim’s Cookin’ School page to top this meat sauce on a 4 step homemade Lasagna. She even walks you through making your own homemade noodles.
Italian Sausage Meat Sauce
By: Kim B
6-8 cloves garlic. Smashed, than chopped
1/4 cup mince onion
1/4 cup mince red pepper
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
Salt and pepper
Pinch or to taste Red pepper flakes
2 lbs Italian sausage, casing removed if linked.
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
28 oz can crushed tomato, 14 oz can tomato sauce (I use Cento brand )
-A few pinches of Basil, Oregano, Italian seasoning to taste and 1 pinch of sugar.
Sauté onion and red peppers in olive oil until clear over med heat, add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds and garlic, cook until garlic is fragrant, careful not to burn the garlic. Add crumbled sausage and cook stirring and breaking meat up until cooked through. Increase heat and add tomato paste and stir allow paste to darken a little color.
Add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, stir, bring to boil than reduce heat to a low simmer.
Adjust seasonings, and add what you like, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning etc.