barbecue sloppy joes

Things have taken a sudden turn. (A good turn, don't worry!)

Ground Beef

For the past month I have been working two jobs - my day job and my night job, serving at a new Japanese restaurant in my town. While I absolutely loved working at the restaurant, it was just too much. There were days where I would be at my day job from 8:00am - 5:00pm and then drive immediately to the restaurant and would be there until 2:00am. I began realizing that I was not able to catch up on sleep. I was constantly tired. And beyond that, I didn't have any time to do things that I wanted. One thing that I am sure you all have noticed is this blog. SMAK has been neglected and for that, I apologize. Other things that have been neglected? A social life. Writing. Reading. Movies. Cleaning (pathetic thing to worry about being neglected, but if you had seen the state of my bedroom within the past month or two, you would understand. It is now almost spotless though, so my anal-retentive-OCD-self can finally breathe easily). My workout regime...I have a marathon in less than a month and I have hardly trained. Bad idea, Tommy!

These are all things that I miss and want to make time to do.

So from here on out...expect more!

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

I had a craving for sloppy joes the other day. I was probably so stressed out with the amount on my plate, and the amount of things not on my plate that I wanted to be on my plate, that I just needed some good ol' comfort food. I love this meal. It's easy and it's delicious!

Instead of going the easy route and busy the store-bought mix, I decided to pull out my aunt Jane's barbecue sloppy joe recipe. I can remember going up to Minnesota as a kid and having this during the summers at my grandparents' lake home. I made just a few changes this time around - I was unable to find Hunts Special Tomato Sauce, so I just used regular tomato sauce. No big deal. I also added 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper spice to add a little something extra.

There is already a new post in the works, so I promise, the wait-time won't be nearly as long as it has been. So until next time...happy eating!

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

3 pounds ground beef 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 onion, diced 3 tablespoons ketchup 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper spice 1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 2 10-ounce cans Hunts special tomato sauce 1 small can tomato juice 2 tablespoons vinegar

  1. Brown ground beef, onion, and celery. Once browned, drain any grease.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients. Heat to serving temperature.
  3. Serve on hamburger buns.