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Mama Smith Barbecue Sloppy Joe

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Serves 6 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 45


1.5 pound ground beef
1 large onion- chopped fine
2 x 8 oz cans of tomato souce
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp dry mustard
3 TBSP vinegar
3 TBSP barbecue sauce
5 TBSP brown sugar
3/4 tsp Worchester sauce

Saute onion

Brown ground beef and drain

Add rest of ingredients and stir well

Simmer about 45 minutes or longer

Serve on hamburger buns. Great with cole slaw and potato chips.

Can double or triple the recipe. Freezes well. Can reheat in slow cooker and use at a party. Enjoy!

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My husband's mother, Mama Smith, was from Woodsfield, Ohio. Unfortunately, I did not have the privilege of meeting her. Mama Smith cooked this Barbecue for Gordon as a child. She wrote out the recipe for him when he got married. After the untimely death of his first wife, we met and have been happily married for almost 20 years. In cleaning his kitchen 20 years ago, I found a box of hand written recipes from Mama Smith. Mama Smith wrote on this recipe, "Gordon's favorite". It is still our favorite family recipe, requested for many a birthday and family dinners! Sharing this recipe only expands our family love of cooking and makes Mama Smith, a great scratch cook, smile as she looks down from heaven!

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