July 08, 2008

Smoky Spicy Sloppy Joes for Grown Ups



Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
6 oz tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup bourbon
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, finely grated
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
smokehouse black pepper (to taste)

shredded sharp cheddar (optional-for sprinkling)

Directions:
In a large saucepan, saute the garlic, onion and carrot in olive oil until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef and saute until brown, stirring to break up the meat. Add water, bourbon, tomato paste, and all of the spices. Simmer, stirring occasionally 20-30 minutes until thickened. Serve on buns and sprinkle with cheese.

Yield: about 6 servings

Note: While it is tasty on a sandwich, I also think it would be fabulous on a hot dog as an alternative to chili.


My thoughts:
There is something a little summery about sloppy joes. I guess because it is such a casual dish and Summer is all shorts and flip flops and outdoor dining. As I am over the age of 10, the canned and jarred sauce just doesn't cut it. I need more spice, and for this version, a bit of smoke. It still isn't a terribly glamorous dish but it is tasty, comforting and very satisfying. So, indulge! Have a sloppy joe night. And if you want to go all out, serve with some slightly grown up mac & cheese.

19 comments:

  1. that looks pretty delish! i think the last time i ate sloppy joes were in my grade school hot lunch program!

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  2. www.potsandpins.comJuly 08, 2008 4:17 PM

    This is right up my alley - I'm going to try them this weekend...I put in a plug for your blog on mine because I think it's terrific! Nan

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  3. oooooh rachel. this just made my heart stop in the name of love.

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  4. I was thinking this would be great as a pasta sauce, too. Love the warm flavors of cinnamon and allspice!

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  5. Yes! Yes! Yes! This looks mouth-watering delicious!

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  6. This recipe looks amazing. I'm going to try it this weekend!

    You might be interested in my website. There are some incredible recipes.

    Thanks for the idea!

    Kate

    http://www.JustOnePlate.com

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  7. This recipe looks great. We have "Chili Parties" in the summer. One huge pot of chili served with your choice of a potato, hotdog, nachos or fries. Makes parents as well as the kids happy - and that mess is all outside - love it that way! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  8. How funny -- I made vegan sloppy joes (with cremini mushrooms instead of meat) for dinner last night!

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  9. Looks delicious! I'm sure its way better than all the manwich I was forced to eat as a child...haha.

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  10. This is the second sloppy joe post I've seen in the last week or so. Are the food Gods trying to tell me something here?
    This looks tasty, tasty, tasty.

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  11. These sloppy joes sound tasty!

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  12. ah! looks great. this, flipflops, a cold drink and i'm sorted.

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  13. I'm really liking the spice mix here. My only problem with it is it doesn't look sloppy enough :)

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  14. Boy does this look yummy! This is perfect to enjoy eating on the patio. Tasty!

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  15. Soppy mes!
    This has saliva levels rising.
    Looks so yummy!

    =]

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  16. Rachel, I made these yesterday for a party and they were excellent! The way the bourbon and spices mix together in a spicy and sweet combination gave them a kick that was irresistible. Great recipe!!

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  17. We made these last night and they were great!
    The bourbon was a terrific addition.

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  18. I don't know if I've been in Europe too long (away from my native California) or what, but this recipe as written was burn-your-face-off hot & spicy! The flavours were fantastic, but I found it hard to enjoy them through my flaming lips...for myself next time I think I shall reduce the cayenne and red chili flakes and just let the heat come from the chipotle chili powder.

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