There are some things that are just worth the effort of making them completely homemade, and sloppy joes are one of them. I started making my own a few years ago and I've never looked back.
Now, to be fair, there was really no back to look too. My mom never made sloppy joes growing up, and while I may have had them in the cafeteria in high school, I was never really a Manwich eater. They just didn't appeal to me.
This recipe is different, though. It's chock full of fresh veggies, lean meat, smokey spices and a subtle sweetness.
I used venison because that is what I had. My father-in-law gave us several packages of venison burger and venison makes great sloppy joes. You could easily substitute ground beef or turkey.
If you've never had it, venison has a stronger flavor than beef. Some would call it "game-ey" but I think it's almost sweet. One problem with venison is that it's very lean, so it can be hard to keep it tender. For that reason, sloppy joes, stew, a bolognese or slow-cooking a roast are the best ways to prepare this meat.
Okay, here's what you need:
1 lb. of lean ground meat (I used venison)
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 whole-wheat rolls (sandwich or hamburger-style)
To start, chop your veg.
Brown your venison (use a little oil if it's sticking.)
Toss your venison, veggies, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and spices into the slow-cooker.
Mix it all up. Doesn't it already look delicious?
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours, until it look like this:
Toss it on a hamburger roll, or over top of some pasta, and eat it up.
|It's hard to make sloppy joes look as delicious as they taste.|