Loose Meat Sandwich (Sloppy Joes)

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Can we all be honest for a moment? Sloppy Joe is a terrible name for a food. I mean come on, I feel bad that Joe’s culinary legacy is immortalized by the word “sloppy”. It really is a great food, Joe deserves better than that. I could come up with a better name in about 5 seconds. How about Disordered Delights? Or Entropy Eats? Okay, I admit that its tricky to come up with a food name that sticks.  “Sloppy Joes” is kind of catchy and is hard to forget, just like the dozens of nicknames Donald Trump gives his opponents.

Now I’m sidetracked, what were we talking about? Ah yes, Sloppy Joes. Going forward, lets call this dish by its original name, either a “tavern sandwich” or a “loose meat sandwich”. I’ve never been to a tavern so lets go with “loose meat sandwich”.

Loose Meat Sandwiches are easy to make, and easy to chew. This particular recipe is from Mels Kitchen Cafe. I love the addition of BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. It really makes it stand out from other recipes. No need to get fancy hamburger buns. My experience is that the cheaper the bun, the easier it is to eat with dentures. Good luck and let me know what you think!



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    Loose Meat Sandwich (Sloppy Joes)

    Think of it as a deconstructed hamburger......
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    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 6


    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 large chopped onion
    • pounds ground beef
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • cup BBQ sauce (I love Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce)
    • ½ cup ketchup
    • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
    • ¼ cup soy sauce
    • 8-12 soft hamburger buns


    • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until they turn clear, which takes between 3-5 minutes. Add the ground beef and stir while chopping it up with a sturdy spatula. Cook until the beef is thoroughly browned all the way through, this takes about 10 minutes. Drain off the extra fat.
    • Mix in the tomato paste, try to get it to coat all the meat evenly. Then add the BBQ sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce. Bring this all to a boil while stirring. In about 4-5 minutes it will start to thicken up a bit.
    • Apply the cooked meat generously to a soft hamburger bun and eat. Let the bun soak up the delicious juices, it will be easier to chew.
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     Loose Meat Sandwiches  have multiple solid textures, and can be processed into bite sized pieces without extensive chewing. 

    If you require a pureed texture then take the finished meat and puree in a food processor. You can thin it using a little extra BBQ sauce or ketchup. Pour the puree over the buns and let it saturate all the way through so they become very soft.

    If you have a hard time biting into this sandwich, try making an open face sandwich. Take one piece of bread or one half of a bun and pour the meat over it. Let it soak into the bread/bun and use a fork to cut off manageable pieces. You will still get the experience of a sloppy joe but without the trouble of biting into the whole sandwich with dentures.

    Have you every tried to chop up ground beef with a flimsy plastic spatula? For me, there are few things worse. Do yourself a favor and get a metal spatula. It is sturdy and makes cooking ground beef a breeze.

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    This makes cooking ground beef 1000% easier!

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