I’ve been craving some delicious, healthy food that doesn’t take much time or energy to make, and this wonderfully satisfying and simple recipe from my mom really hits the spot for me. I love you Mom! This is NOT your traditional BBQ recipe, so wipe pork ribs from your mind. This is a frugal, nutritious, and tasty meal that arises from a need to stretch meat as far as it will go to feed a large family. I’d say it’s actually closer to sloppy joe’s with a veggie twist. It takes just a few minutes to whip together (especially if you have your veggies pre-chopped and frozen) and is dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free.
Mom’s “BBQ” (Sloppy Joe’s)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 Onion
- 2-3 stalks celery
- 3-5 Carrots
- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2-4 tsp. Real Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Pepper
- Process onion, celery, and carrots in food processor until finely chopped (I like to do several batches at once and freeze the extra batches of veggies in gallon bags for later).
- Put meat and veggies in a large pot and simmer with lid on for at least 1/2 hour (longer is better, but check often to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.) You can add a little oil or water to make sure it doesn’t burn if it seems to be lacking in juices.
- Add brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir well and simmer, covered, another 1/2 hour or longer.
- Uncover and simmer until nice and thick.
- Serve with rolls like sloppy joes, or with cornbread, rice, chips, or just by the bowlful.