Sloppy Joes

This versatile meat mixture is a real crowd-pleaser. You can make it ahead, and you can freeze it in small batches to reheat later. Makes great sandwiches, but it’s also yummy served on baked potatoes and topped with cheese, or as a topper for nachos or homemade pizza!

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 lb. pork or turkey sausage
1 large onion, diced
1½ cups diced celery
Salt and pepper
2 T. garlic powder
14-oz bottle of catsup
1 cup barbeque sauce

Place the ground beef, sausage, onion, and celery in a Dutch oven or large, deep skillet. Salt and pepper liberally and cook until the meat is done and the vegetables are soft, stirring often to break the meat into smaller chunks. Remove from heat and spoon the mixture onto paper-towel lined plates to drain; dispose of grease in the pan. Run the mixture briefly through a food processor or grinder and return to the pan. Add the garlic powder, catsup, and barbeque sauce and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. Makes about 6 cups—enough to fill 12 sandwich buns.

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