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Okay, so I lied.  I’m posting already, right after saying I wouldn’t be posting until Thursday.  But I’m overdue on a Tasty Tuesday post, so here I am.

As luck would have it, today is January 4, and it’s exactly 2 months until Ashley’s birthday, so we’re celebrating her UN-birthday today.  I figure if the Mad Hatter and Hare did it, so can we.  :)

Ashe’s favourite foods (and she has a list, believe me) that I make include sloppy joes and cheesecake.  So this is our menu for the night; the hamburger bun dough is rising now, and the joes are starting to simmer on the stove.  It’s not Manwich™, it’s waaaaay better.  It’s my grandmother’s version of sloppy joes!  The finished product is dark, spicy, slightly sweet, and very smooth.  Its key is to simmer it for as many hours as possible without burning it – so sticking it in a crockpot on low overnight is too long.  Trust me on this one – you will carmelize the sugars in the sauce and it won’t be tasty, even if you do serve it on a Tuesday.

Sue’s Grandma’s Sloppy Joes
  • 2# ground beef, browned
  • 28 oz. non-HFCS ketchup
  • 1 c. water
  • 6 T. worcestershire sauce (hey! I spelled it right!)
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • the juice of 2 whole limes (if using bottled lime juice, 5T.)

After the meat is browned and drained, set it aside.  In a pot, mix ketchup, water, worcestershire sauce (hey! I spelled it right again!), brown sugar, and lime juice.  Combine well, add meat back in.  Simmer on low-medium (I have mine on about “3” on my electric range) with a lid for a minimum of 3 hours.  Stir occasionally.

Serve over hamburger buns, with or without sliced cheese (as desired).

Yum! :)

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