The cold weather is fast approaching! Not that anybody living in Los Angeles can tell. But for those lucky few that do have a bit of the fall chill in their lives I wanted to share a simple and easy recipe that I love. For me, fall is about comfort food and darker liquor. Something about both just warms the soul! With that in mind, Sloppy Joe Sliders seemed perfect, especially if the meat was marinated with the terrific taste of Jack Daniels.
2 tsp unsalted butter
3 cups of Jack Daniels whiskey
1–¼ cup onion, chopped
1–¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 lb of lean ground beef
1–½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp yellow mustard
1–¾ cup ketchup
3 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
First thing you want to do is prep your meat. I like to let the meat marinate for a day if possible so it gets soaked up really nicely. You can simply add your pound of lean beef into a large zip lock bag and add the first two cups of Jack Daniels. You will save the third for when you are making the meal.
After the meat has marinated for 24 hours go ahead and prep the rest of your ingredients so it is easier to add while cooking. Then you want to grab a medium size pot and melt your butter to coat the surface so the meat doesn’t stick. Bring the pot up to medium heat; once it is nice and warm add your meat, onion, and green peppers. Let the meat brown and the vegetables soften. Stir occasionally to ensure even browning.
Once the meat has a nice brown look to it take the pot off the heat for a moment and carefully drain the excess liquids that built up over the previous few minutes – you don’t want the sloppy joes to be runny. After you have drained the liquid put the pot back on the heat and stir in the rest of your ingredients, excluding the final cup of Jack Daniels, which will come in to play later. Make sure you mix it up really well so everything gets thorough attention.
After you’ve mixed your ingredients together reduce the heat on the stove to a simmer and let the ingredients cook uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally so nothing burns. About 15 minutes into the simmering pour in your last cup of Jack Daniels and stir it into the meat.
After the ingredients have simmered for the allotted time you are ready to finish up your Sloppy Joes Sliders. The only other thing you will need is your slider buns of choice. Simply scoop the flavorful meat onto the bun, add a little cheese, and you’re done.
This recipe is really easy and wonderfully tasty. The sliders go great as an appetizer or a snack on Sunday while you’re watching the game. Plus it is easy to prepare and while the alcohol burns off during the cooking process you are left with the wonderful sweetness and earthiness that comes from good old Jack Daniels.
Good Spirits Folks!