Southern Sloppy Joe Sliders

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, medium diced
  • 1 medium onion, medium diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground meat substitute (soy crumbles)
  • One 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sorghum syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 slider buns
  • Unsalted butter, for toasting buns
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red peppers and onions and saute until just beginning to turn translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Saute until browned all the way through, about 5 minutes. (If using ground meat substitute, just heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes.)

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, bourbon, soy sauce, cider vinegar, mustard, sorghum, cumin, liquid smoke, red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup water.

  • Stir the bourbon mixture and the garlic into the skillet. Simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Season with more soy sauce as needed.

  • Toast the slider buns with a little butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Spoon the sloppy joe mixture onto the buns.


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