Remember when you were a kid and it was Sloppy Joes day for school lunch? Maybe you were excited to eat this mess of a burger, with the sauce dripping down your arms (or if you’re me, on to your shirt). It was the quintessential sloppy of food. Or maybe you didn’t like eating them… too much slop? Who knows?
As I moved into adulthood and started making my own meals, I never replicated the Sloppy Joes. Maybe it was because we did not make them as a family or maybe I didn’t want inordinate amounts of sauce running down my arms? I only have so many shirts.
I am not sure what the reason is, but a few weeks ago I was perusing the Deschutes Pub Recipes online and found the Mirror Mirror Sloppy Joes recipe. I was inspired to give this recipe a try. Who doesn’t like reminiscing over forgotten foods of the past? This time, however there would be no colorful plastic trays, hairnets or a line of hungry kids. Just one hungry adult … and a dog. Boomer thinks he’s always hungry.
For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:
2 pounds of ground beef
1 yellow onion – diced
1 red bell pepper – diced
1 teaspoon light olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¾ cup ketchup
2 oz Mirror Mirror Barley Wine (I substituted with a different barley wine as I did not have Mirror Mirror on hand)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
in a medium pot take the olive oil, diced onions and red peppers and cook them until they have softened up a bit (sweating them).
Add the garlic to the vegetables and cook for about a minute. Next add the ketchup, beer, Dijon mustard and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid, still over medium heat.
Brown up the ground beef, cooking it thoroughly.
Combine the meat and sauce and serve on a bun.
I topped off my Sloppy Joe with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Although the burger was sloppy, no shirts were lost in the eating of this burger!