“Easy as That” Sloppy Joe

Buying a bunch of individual pound of beef packages, and throwing it in the freezer is something all college students should do. The amount of things you can do with a pound of hamburger are almost limitless. You can cook it up and add it to a Hamburger Helper meal, you can make it into taco meat in which you could make quesadillas or tacos, or you could simply add some seasoning and make hamburgers.

What I do is take the pound of meat out of the freezer and place it into a bowl then into my fridge. This is when I know I will be cooking it up to make something.

You can very easily take the meat from the package and place it into the microwave on the defrost setting. Either will work.

Tonight, I had some meat I had thawed out, and decided to make some Sloppy Joes. The ingredients are simple:

  • 1 Pound Hamburger Meat
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

**I never make it the same way twice, so there are no specific measurements. I will talk you through the process though.**

First, brown the thawed hamburger meat in a pan. Add some salt, pepper, and garlic powder for tasting. If you want a little kick you can add a lot of chili powder as well. I usually add about 2 pinches worth.

Drain the meat. I learned a tip from the dietitian at the local HyVee store that if you want to reduce fat, you can rinse the meat with hot water in the step.

If you rinse the meat, add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder after.

Add about a 1/3 cup ketchup to the meat. Then, drizzle mustard over the top layer. Depending on how saucy you want the meat to be, add as much BBQ sauce as you would like.

Mix it all together, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

Next, slather the meat on some bread. If desired you can add some ketchup, mustard, and pickles.

The "Easy as That" sloppy joe sandwich!

The “Easy as That” sloppy joe sandwich!