One of the most underrated childhood comfort foods, in our opinion? The humble sloppy Joe. Adults and kids alike will love this version, which has a few flavor upgrades to take it to the next level. Onion and ground pork are browned, then simmered with barbecue sauce until thick and caramelized. For a twist, we add a little chipotle powder for a smoky kick; then, the filling’s stuffed between brioche buns with pickled onion for tang and a chipotle ranch slaw for creaminess and crunch. Tasty nostalgia on the table in just 25 minutes? It doesn’t get much better than that.
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Brioche Buns(ContainsMilk, Wheat, Eggs, Soy)
Chicken Stock Concentrate
Ranch Dressing(ContainsMilk, Eggs)
• Preheat oven to 425 degrees. (If you have a toaster oven, feel free to skip the preheating.) Wash and dry all produce. • Halve, peel, and thinly slice ¼ of the onion; finely dice remaining onion. Halve lime. Halve buns. • In a small bowl, combine BBQ sauce, ketchup, stock concentrate, half the cornstarch (all for 4 servings), and 1 TBSP water (2 TBSP for 4).
• In a second small microwave-safe bowl, combine sliced onion, juice from half the lime, ¼ tsp sugar, and a pinch of salt. Microwave until bright pink, 30 seconds. • In a medium bowl, combine coleslaw mix, ranch dressing, and a pinch of chipotle powder to taste. Season with salt.
• Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 4-5 minutes. • Add pork* and season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up meat into pieces, until browned, 3-5 minutes (it’ll finish cooking in the next step).
• Add BBQ sauce mixture to pan with pork. Cook, stirring, until mixture is thickened and pork is cooked through, 2-3 minutes. • If you like things spicy, stir in a pinch or two of chipotle powder to taste. Taste and season with salt, pepper, or a squeeze of lime juice if you like. Turn off heat.
• Meanwhile, toast buns until golden brown. TIP: Add to a baking sheet or toast directly on oven rack. Brush cut sides with melted butter first for extra richness.
• Fill buns with as much pork filling and pickled onion (draining first) as you like. Divide sloppy joes between plates and serve with slaw on the side. TIP: If you want extra crunch, try adding some of the slaw to your sandwiches!