Football season is in full swing, and although we don’t do it terribly often, we do love to have people over to watch. Do you ever have one of those days where you’ve invited a few people, and then circumstances present you with a few more, and they bring a couple of extra kids, until your house is literally overflowing with people? Summer gatherings where that happens are easy; you can just throw a few more burgers or dogs on the grill, and everyone’s happy. But when you’re cooking for an uncertain number of people in the house, I’ve found that it’s best to go with too much and freeze the leftovers. That’s where my super duper easy sloppy joes come in. This is the same recipe the school moms used to make for us when I was in grammar school, and we only had hot lunch once per month!
ST. ANN SLOPPY JOES
BBQ Sauce (I prefer Open Pit Original, but it’s all up to you)
Brown your hamburger meat with as much onion as you like (make it SUPER easy on yourself and use dehydrated minced onion, my favorite pantry staple ’cause you never find yourself without onion!). Drain meat, and add BBQ sauce and ketchup to taste. Simmer on low for 10 minutes or so to let the flavors sink in. Serve on hamburger buns (or in our house, hot dog buns for the little ones, which make it less likely that their meat will fall out).
THAT’S IT! And it’s even better as leftovers! And try picking up the stray meat with a potato chip! Not so healthy, but divine!
When we’re expecting a crowd, I do about 4-5 pounds of meat and put it in the crockpot to stay warm for return customers. And if the crowd isn’t as large as expected, I freeze the rest for a later meal. Can’t beat that!