Upscale Sloppy Joes sort of sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it? I am here to tell you that this recipe is definitely good enough for company (at least MY kind of company, lol). It is made with a chuck roast in the slow cooker, so what could be simpler?
UPSCALE SLOPPY JOES
2 pounds lean beef chuck roast (trim any large fatty areas)
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped celery
2/3 cup green pepper
2/3 cup ketchup
� cup water
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
� teaspoon red pepper sauce
1� teaspoons salt
� teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Brown the beef chuck roast in a frying pan, then place in a slow cooker. In the same frying pan, saute the vegetables until the onions are almost transparent. Put the vegetables in the slow cooker.
In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients and pour over the meat and veggies. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 8 hours. It isn't necessary, but I turn the meat over a couple of times during cooking and spoon the sauce over the meat.
Thirty minutes (or so) before serving, thicken the sauce with a slurry of 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water. Cut the beef into sandwich slices (or just pull it apart) and top with some of the
sauce. OH SO GOOD!!
NOTE: This would even be delicious over rice.
NOTE: My slow cooker took only 4 hours on high to make the meat extremely tender, but still slice-able. If you like your beef more like pulled pork, cook it on high for 5 hours.