Barbecue Sloppy Joes

Ketchup • Los Angeles

In contrast to its mod white tables and neon-red lamps, Ketchup dishes up old-school diner food. Before serving this hearty sandwich, which is spiked with the restaurant's signature condiment, chef Christopher Tunnell ran it by his mom. "When she tasted it, she was proud," he says.


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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 pound ground sirloin
  • 3/4 pound ground chuck
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes—halved, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Push the onion to one side of the skillet and add the ground sirloin and chuck. Cook, stirring, until browned, about 12 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, ketchup, barbecue sauce, tomato paste and vinegar. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until the sauce is thick, 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat the broiler. Set the bun bottoms on serving plates. Lay the cheese on the bun tops and broil until melted, about 1 minute. Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture on the buns; serve.

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