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Grown Up Sloppy Joes

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Grown Up Sloppy Joes

Think of this recipe as a sloppy Joe with its shirt tucked in. It has a day job now, but still likes to party.

▪1lb/.5kg 80/20 ground beef
▪1g or 1/4tsp baking soda
▪100g or 1 large or 2 small poblano peppers small diced
▪150g or 1 large yellow or white onion, small diced
▪Olive oil
▪5g or 1tsp salt
▪5g or 1 1/2tsp onion powder
▪5g or 1tsp garlic powder
▪2g or 1tsp black pepper
▪5g or 1 3/4tsp paprika
▪Pinch of Chile flakes
▪10g or 1 1/2Tbsp flour (all purpose or gluten free blend)
▪50g or 3Tbsp tomato paste
▪50g or 3Tbsp ketchup
▪15g or 2Tbsp yellow mustard
▪15g or 2 1/2-3tsp brown sugar
▪50g or 3 1/2Tbsp worcestershire
▪20g or 1 1/2Tbsp red wine vinegar
▪10g or 1 ½tsp better than bouillon beef paste
▪350g or 1 1/2c stock (chicken or beef)

Add beef to a bowl with baking soda and mix thoroughly to incorporate.

Preheat a large nonstick pan over medium high. Add a squeeze (Tbsp or so) of olive oil followed by diced onions, poblanos, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 3-4 mins, stirring often. When veg has softened a bit and has started to brown, add in beef/baking soda mix, using a meat musher or wooden spoon to break up meat into small pieces. When beef is broken down well and is beginning to brown, add salt (5g), onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, and chile flake. Stir to combine and cook for about 30 seconds.

Add flour and stir to combine and cook for a few seconds. Add tomato products, mustard, brown sugar, worchestershire, vinegar, bouillon, and stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium low to reduce for about 10-12 minutes, continuing to stir and break up meat as sauce reduces. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.

Serve on toasted brioche bun.

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