Retro, scrumptious, tangy, sweet, hearty, satisfying – those words describe a Sloppy Joe sandwich. That leads me to my next thought, is it really a sandwich or a burger of sorts? Whatever it is, one thing I know, they are delicious.
Sloppy Joes Bar in Key West Florida is known to be the originator of this yummy delight. In the past, I would make these from the Manwich canned sauce and thought, no more. Researched the ingredients and recipes and came up with this. With the slider sensation currently in full swing, I combined the two together to make – Sloppy Joe Sliders. Enjoy!
Sloppy Joe Sliders
1 T. Olive oil
½ C. Red bell pepper, fine dice
1 Medium onion, finely diced
3 Cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. Ground beef – 90% fat free
½ C. Ketchup
1- 15oz. Can Tomato Sauce
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
5 t. Red wine vinegar
2 T. Brown sugar
1 t. Thyme, dried
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Mini hamburger buns or similar
In a large skillet with heat on medium, add the olive oil and crumble the meat. Cook until brown. Drain any excess oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the red peppers and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on medium low for about 15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.
Spoon onto the toasted buns and serve.