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Joe, the very sloppy Joe. I often wonder how this recipe name came into existence. Did a man named Joe make a sandwich that was so messy they named it after the stained apron it came from? Or did someone make a sandwich, serve it to Joe, and thus the very messy Joe was immortalized for his poor coordination? I”m not sure we’ll ever know the real story, but I’d like to thank the creator of this meal – it’s one of my absolute favorites! I’m giving you two ways to prepare this meal, by stove top or slow cooker, both of them are equally delicious.Recipe

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Sloppy Joe Sandwich

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 TBSP minced garlic (3 cloves)
8 oz. tomato sauce
3/4 cup ketchup
3 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard (not powder!)
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 bell pepper, diced (optional)
Hamburger buns

Frying pan – nonstick is highly recommended
Slow cooker

Break up meat, then add it to slow cooker set on high.
Add in onions and bell peppers then cover with lid for one hour.
Break up any large meat clumps. Add all remaining ingredients (not buns).
Cook for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over bun!

Brown ground beef and drain grease. Sweat onion and pepper on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent. Use butter if pan is not nonstick. Set heat to medium low and add all remaining ingredients to pan.
Cook until sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. Rest for 5 minutes before serving on bun.

Superhero Tip: Add pickles to sandwich for a bit of crunch. Or add coleslaw if you are adventurous!

Second Superhero Tip: Serve on a hard roll for an extra bit of texture.

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