Grandma Jeri’s Sloppy Joe’s

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The quintessential sloppy Joe, or Barbeque as Grandma calls it

I grew up in a really big family, with lots of uncles & aunts, cousins, & relatives – all usually within a 8 mile radius.  That said, for most of my younger years, my memories of Sunday afternoons all include dinners at grandma’s house.  During the hot summer months, grandma would make Sloppy Joe’s since they didn’t have to be cooked on the stove, but could be cooked in a mammoth electric roaster like this: 

Here’s grandma’s recipe – approximately 20 servings

3 lbs hamburger (or lean ground turkey, with 3 cubes beef bouillon)
1.5 chopped onions (Grandma uses 3 – that’s too much for my family)
1-3 chopped green/red/yellow peppers (optional – to taste)
2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
4 stalks celery, chopped
3 TBS. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1 can tomato soup
2 small cans tomato paste (Grandma uses 4 – my family likes 2)
1 can tomato sauce

Brown meat & drain (rinse if desired).  If using turkey, reserve juices for later.
Mix all other ingredients into meat & bring to a boil. Transfer to a crock pot & heat for at least 2 hours on low. Stir occasionally.
Alternately, this may be simmered on the stovetop for 1 hour, but stir often so that it doesn’t stick & burn.

Use reserved turkey juices to add moisture & thin slightly if mixture seems too thick.
Serve on buns.


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