Gram is having company next week and in preparation of their arrival, she requested that we make sloppy joes. Here's something I've learned over the years...sloppy joes are as unique as chili. Everyone has their own method and their preferred taste!
Gram's, however, are a homerun with everyone...super easy, with ingredients we all have on hand. (If you don't have ketchup on hand, we can no longer be friends. That's all.)
Let's get cookin'! (Warning: This is NOT a precise recipe! This is definitely a "season to taste" recipe!)
Brown your burger...take note of the butter in the bottom, a Gram standard!
Add in onion:
And minced garlic:
Next up, chili powder:
And, because the clump of brown sugar is impossible to differentiate from browned hamburger in a photo, just pretend there is a gorgeous, well differentiated photo of brown sugar being added to the hamburger here:
Gorgeous, huh? (So glad we all have good imaginations...)
Now, the ketchup. Heinz, OF COURSE.
And mustard...I'd say about a 1/4 of the amount of ketchup you put in.
Stir well, cook down, taste and adjust seasonings if need be! We added a bit more salt and a splash of vinegar (it was a smidge too sweet, the vinegar cuts that).
Serve on dollar buns, add cheese or pickles or go all out and add cheese AND pickles. GASP!!! Only if you dare, though. ;)
Gram's Sloppy Joes
(Recipe based on 3lbs of hamburger, all approximate amounts, taste and adjust seasonings before serving)
3 lbs hamburger, seasoned w salt and pepper, browned in 3 T butter
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
2 "Gram handfuls" chili powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Apple cider vinegar (optional)
1 c. ketchup
1/4 c. yellow mustard
Brown hamburger, onions and garlic. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine and allow to simmer for approx 15 minutes to meld flavors. Taste and adjust accordingly. If it's too sweet, add a splash of vinegar. If it's just kind of "blah", add a bit more salt and some chili powder. If you like your sloppies with a bit more kick, crank up the chili powder amount! Serve on dollar buns as is, with cheese or pickles or go all out and add cheese AND pickles! Yum.