In my version I've added bacon (of course) and replaced the cup of sugar with just a tablespoon of maple syrup, partly because I found it to be a little too sweet for my taste with all that sugar and I like how the syrup adds a subtle smoky, maple flavor. I also like to add a pinch of cayenne to add an extra kick.
This past weekend I also topped it with a lovely sheep's milk blue cheese, which was amazing, I would highly recommend it!
Sloppy Joe Recipe
1.5 lbs Ground Chuck
3-4 strips bacon
1 chopped medium yellow onion
1 chopped celery stalk
8 oz can tomato paste
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbs. Mustard (I use dijon, but really anything you have would work)
1 Tbs. Maple Syrup (real)
1tsp. Cayenne (optional)
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until perfectly crisp and delicious, then remove from pan and set aside for later.
- Add onion and celery to pan and saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the ground chuck and cook until browned
- Stir in the tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, maple syrup and cayenne.
- turn down heat and let simmer for an hour.
- Before removing from the heat dice of set aside bacon and stir into the pan.
- Serve on a toasty bun with a strong cheese if you like.