The Chew: Bacon & Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes Recipe

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The Chew: Bacon & Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes

While looking back on their time in Orlando, Florida at the International Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World, Michael Symon wanted to prepare a recipe that’s the essential modern comfort food. Who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe? It’s practically a must, especially if you have kids in your family, right? Michael Symon’s favorite way to add more flavor to a dish is to add bacon, so it’s no surprise that he decided to make Bacon and Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes as his new take on the popular, messy sandwich.

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The Chew: Bacon & Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Bacon & Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes Recipe

Michael Symon’s Bacon and Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes are now the go-to meal idea for anyone who loves comfort food, with a twist! (whitneyinchicago / Flickr)

  • 1/2 lb thick-sliced bacon – medium dice
  • 1 small onion – peeled, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – peeled, minced
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 C whole peeled tomatoes – crushed
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small jalapeno – seeded, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper – seeded, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

To Serve:

  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 potato rolls – toasted

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The Chew: Bacon & Brown Sugar Sloppy Joes Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat a heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat
  2. To the preheated pan, add the olive oil and bacon, cooking while stirring for about 5 minutes, until crispy
  3. Remove the bacon from the pan and spread on a paper towel-lined plate
  4. Leave a tbsp of bacon fat in the pan
  5. Add the ground beef and break it into smaller pieces while it cooks for about 8 minutes
  6. Season with salt and pepper, then add the jalapeno, onion, bell pepper, and garlic
  7. Stir occasionally until the veggies become slightly caramelized, about 8 minutes
  8. Add the tomato paste and sweet paprika, then cook for 30 seconds
  9. Add the brown sugar, tomatoes, fish sauce, and the saved bacon
  10. Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper
  11. Simmer the beef mixture for 20 minutes to let the tomatoes cook down

To Serve:

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the top shelf of the oven
  2. Preheat the broiler
  3. Put a slice of cheese on the inside of the top and bottom bun
  4. Put on a baking sheet and broil until melted, approximately 2 minutes
  5. Take out of the oven and scoop a good amount of the beef mixture onto each roll

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