The Lunch Lady

I feel like I am one of only a few people who didn't grow up on Manwich. I ate plenty of sloppy joes as a kid, but my dad always made them from scratch. Yes, pre-made sloppy joes are easier but if you put in a little extra effort, you'll be rewarded.

Pop's Sloppy Joe
1.5 lbs of ground beef
Vegi oil
1 medium onion (white or yellow), chopped
3 celery stalks, cut into about 1/2 inch chunks
2 cups of ketchup
2 oz vinegar
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs worcestershire sauce
2 oz brown sugar - about 1/4 cup
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Brown and drain beef, set aside.
  • Put a little oil in a hot pot. Make sure the pot is large enough to hold all of the ingredients.
  • Saute the onion and celery for a few minutes, until the onions are softened.
  • Add back the ground beef and all remaining ingredients.
  • Combine well and stir occasionally until heated through. 
My dad's sloppy joe recipe is so easy to make and sooo delicious! I really should make this a lot more than I do. It reheats very well and would be great to take to work!

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