When I was little I loved to pretend, and as children do, I could see that there was magic everywhere. I could talk to anything and it could come alive and talk back. The stairs could become a waterfall in an instant. My bedroom floor could become lava, and the only way I could escape was by jumping on the items strategically scattered on the carpet. I could strip off my clothes, put my underwear on my head, and leap into the room where my parents were hosting a dinner party only to proclaim “I am UNDIE MAN!” (Ok. perhaps that last one is an over share.) However, there was one place where real magic happened. Where we would gather and my Mother would present dinner. I had no idea how it all happened but there before me would be spaghetti or pizza bread or my favorite sloppy joes. I mean that is pretty magical.
Along the way of growing up we move out of our parents home (hopefully.) Then we eventually attempt to cook for ourselves. Like many people I often go to cookbooks. I try to make pretty and fancy grown up food. Yet somewhere inside me there is still that little kid. That kid that wants to play with his food a little. That kid who knows a mess isn’t a big deal. That kid who wants to eat with his hands.
So today we are revisiting a kid favorite Sloppy Joes. Proof that growing up doesn’t mean you can’t have fun like a kid. I mean, maybe no more Undie Man (or at least check with your significant other or roommates first.) Pant or not, we hope that you enjoy our Smoked Habanero Barbeque Sloppy Joes.
1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
Salt and Pepper
2 Tbs. Tomato Paste
1/2 Cup Smoked Habanero Barbeque Sauce
4 Burger Buns 0r 8 Slider Buns
1. Saute ground beef over medium heat in a medium nonstick skillet, add salt and pepper.
2. Once the meat is brown, spoon in tomato paste and mix in until dissolved.
3. Add Smoked Habanero Barbeque sauce and mix until warmed.
4. Top buns with meat and enjoy.
I know. That is the world’s shortest recipe. Well, that is the idea. Normally a Sloppy Joe recipe would start with onions and things to stretch the protein of the meal but they are already in the sauce. It makes it super simple and tasty. Now if you love onions and need them in the recipe then simply start the recipe by adding the diced onion to the pan and cook until translucent. Then move to step one of the recipe. To finish the SJs, we often add pickled carrots. They add a nice crunch and a brightness from the vinegar. You could add whatever you want as a garnish: green onion, pickled onion, crushed chips, pickled chilies, cilantro, Ghost Chili Apple Slaw (see @spicymarshall on Instagram) or whatever your heart desires. We also pair this with Brown Butter Fingerling Potatoes (Haute Recipes: Potato Rub)
We sincerely hope that you try and enjoy this recipe. Please feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter with changes you made or hashtag your photos on IG with #marshallshautesauce . (In closure I would like to say that Marshall’s Haute Sauce is not responsible for anything you do while you are pretending to be an Undie Man or Undie Woman. Be safe out there.)