Anyway, here is *gasp* a recipe. A very good one at that. The original recipe came from The Pioneer Woman but, since the recipe made too much for my family of 5 and I decided to modify it a bit (I also made it a tad healthier). Shhh...don't tell anyone, but I think I might like it even more than my family sloppy joe recipe.
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 med. onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. water
1 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Drain off fat and discard.
Add onions, green peppers, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, water, brown sugar, chili powder, red pepper flakes and dry mustard. Stir to combine and simmer 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste, along with Worcestershire and Tabasco. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Spread rolls/buns with butter and brown on a skillet, griddle, or my favorite method, in the oven under the broiler (butter side up). Sure, you could skip this step (and many do) but, trust me, you are missing the opportunity to take this sloppy joe to a new level.
Spoon meat mixture over the rolls and top with a slice of cheese if you are feeling really naughty.