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Barbecue Sloppy Joes
1 TBSP oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb of ground beef ¾ tsp kosher salt (or half that amount if using table salt) ¼ tsp black pepper 1 ¼ cups barbecue sauce and more as needed 1 ¼ cups ketchup and more as needed 2 TBSP brown sugar 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) Hamburger Buns American Cheese (optional) Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 1 TBSP of oil. When hot, add the onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper. Break the ground beef into small chunks. Brown and drain. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and cayenne (if using). Stir to combine. Bring the mixture up to a simmer then cook 15 minutes, stirring often. The mixture will splatter if not stirred often. The mixture will thicken, darken, and taste more balanced as it cooks. After 15 minutes, decide if you need more barbecue sauce and ketchup. You may need to add as much as a ¼ cup of each if you like your sloppy joes on the saucy side. To tart for you? Add another tablespoon or two of brown sugar. Whether or not you adjust the seasoning, continue to simmer another 5 minutes, stirring often. Serve on hamburger buns.

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