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These mouthwatering Sloppy Joes are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. They are hearty, messy, and meaty this American Classic is guaranteed to satisfy anyone at your supper table. They are also a quick and easy meal after a busy day of chores.
The weather on the mountain was beautiful this past weekend and David and I utilized it to do some things outdoors.
First, we straightened up the woodpile. The 30+ inches of snow we had caused our wood stack to fall over.
The moisture from the ground will cause the wood to rot and if you have ever burned a piece of doty wood, you will totally understand why this is important.
After it was all stacked back into place, we realized that we haven’t burned nearly enough fires in the fireplace this winter, but that really wasn’t our fault being that it didn’t get cold until January.
Next, David attacked the trees trying to take over on our back hill. Meet the Royal Empress tree!
These trees are like they were planted from some of Jack’s magic beans and what seems like overnight grow into these tall beanstalks. These trees are one of the world’s fast-growing tree and they are trying to take over our mountainside.
The Royal Empress tree is native to China, also known as the Paulownia tree. It is the most invasive tree you will ever come across. The grow vigorously and spread with fast-growing roots. I also read it is a great tree to prevent erosion, but they picked the wrong hillside!
To show you how fast they grow, we cut these trees back in the spring last year, leaving the trunk and roots untouched. They grew back tenfold! By August, they had grown almost as tall as our house from down the mountain and nearly met the tree line on the side of our yard.
Trying to cut these trees is no easy task. Due to the steep slope of the hill, it isn’t safe to use a chainsaw. A hacksaw doesn’t work because the trunks are very fibrous. Basically, you have to wedge yourself up against the hillside and use a small hatchet to cut the trunk. A small saw helps also. This time when David cut them back, he drilled holes inside the trunk and filled them with a stump removal poison. Hopefully, during another cold snap, the cold weather and the poison will work together to kill them off, or I’ll be talking about these trees again. Maybe by then, I will be able to help, but because of my recent health issues, it wouldn’t be very safe for me to be on a steep hill with sharp cutting tools.
After chores on the mountain were done, there is nothing quite like having a nice big, hot sandwich like Sloppy Joes. These sandwiches are perfect for when you are out doing pre-spring chores around the yard. Being outside all day makes it hard to come inside and cook a big meal. Well, that or you go out to eat, but sometimes you’re too tired for even that. We wanted something quick, easy and satisfying and it also gave me a really good reason to break out my Le Creuset pot that David gave me for my birthday.
These mouthwatering Sloppy Joes are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. They are hearty, messy, and meaty this American Classic is guaranteed to satisfy anyone at your supper table.
Here’s how I made them:
In a large nonstick pot or pan brown the hamburger over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat into bite-size chunks as it cooks.
Pour the cooked meat into a sieve and allow to drain; discard drippings and set the meat aside.
Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper into the same pot or pan used to cook the meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Next, stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve warm scooped on top of toasted buns with chips or fries.
I will never forget the last time David and I bought a can of Sloppy Joe sauce. We browned the hamburger, added it to the sauce and sat down to take a bite. They weren’t as good as we remembered. This was one of the things that made us realize that once you are clean eaters you can never go back…
If you are out doing things in the fresh air this early spring or even if you aren’t, these sloppy joes are guaranteed to hit the spot.
And just in case you are wondering, no Le Creuset cookware is required. These Sloppy Joes would be good cooked in a rusty pot.
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 ½ tablespoons pickled jalapenos finely diced
- 2 teaspoons jalapeno juice
- 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- In a large nonstick pot or pan brown the hamburger over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat into bite-size chunks as it cooks. Pour the cooked meat into a sieve and allow to drain; discard drippings and set the meat aside.
- Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper into the same pot or pan used to cook the meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve warm scooped on top of toasted buns with chips or fries.