I have already posted a sloppy joe recipe that I love LOVE LOVE! But, when my mom and brother were here visiting, I made Kitchen's Cafe version and I love it just as much. I don't know if it is better, so I want to keep both on this blog, so you have two different variations to make. This particular recipe makes a lot, so it is great to make the whole batch, use what your family can eat, and then you can freeze the rest. These were supposed to be served on the French Bread Rolls, that I will post in a minute, but due to the day getting away from me and no flour in the house, we had to buy some instead. But no matter what you put this on, it is delicious!
*Makes 8-12 sloppy joes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 ½ pounds ground beef (I used extra lean ground beef and it was still delicious)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cup smoky BBQ sauce (or whatever BBQ sauce is in your fridge)
½ cup ketchup(I used low sugar)
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup soy sauce (I used low sodium)
Freshly ground black pepper
8 to 12 rolls
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until it is finely crumbled, the liquid boils off and the meat begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Drain the grease off the meat and onions. Stir in the tomato paste, and keep stirring until the meat is coated. Add the BBQ sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. You can make the sloppy joe meat up to 2 days in advance and reheat it over low heat or in the microwave.
Wrap the rolls in aluminum foil and warm in the oven for about 10 minutes. Serve the sloppy joes hot with the warmed rolls.
*Freezable Meals: The leftover sloppy joes can be frozen. I store it in a freezer-safe container and then thaw in the refrigerator prior to serving. I reheat on medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.