Did you eat sloppy joes as a kid? I did....a lot.
Maybe it's because they are so child friendly, economical and unbelievably easy to make. Or maybe it's just because they are fun. Whatever the reason sloppy joes are always a crowd pleaser and moms seem to love to make them.
My mom always made our sloppy joes from scratch. The smell of them was intoxicating and because they needed to simmer on the stove for awhile, I learned how to sneak a bite right out of the pot when no one was looking.
It wasn't until I was a teenager that I learned of the sloppy joe sauce in a can. You know the one I'm talking about. The whole concept seemed weird and alien to me especially with how easy the homemade version was.
Now I make these every couple of weeks for my own kids. They love them and can never get enough. In fact it won't be long before I have to start doubling the recipe to feed growing teenagers!
Mom's Sloppy Joes
1 lb. ground beef
1 med. onion chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbls. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbls. yellow mustard
1 Tbls. brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
In a medium sauce-pot (the one I use is around 3 qt.), brown the ground beef and onion. Be sure to break up the ground beef into small pieces while cooking. Carefully drain off any liquid when done.
Add remaining ingredients to ground beef mixture in sauce-pot. Stir well to combine.
Cover and simmer on low for 30-45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Serve on your favorite hamburger bun.
Note: These can also be cooked in a crockpot. Add the browned ground beef and sauce mixture to to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until hot and bubbly.
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