Sloppy Seconds

Championship weekend is behind us, and now we sit idly waiting. We wait for the grandaddy of them all, we wait for the pinnacle of professional sports, we wait for the Superbowl. Or this year as I have proclaimed it the Ray Lewis show, at least to the media. Sometimes I think they forget there is a ball game to be played. (sad Ray Lewis)


Although while we wait we do get….. the pro bowl…… or the sloppy seconds.


I have a feeling this might be the end of the pro bowl era this year, while it is kind of a fun game to watch, no one cares, not even the players. The pro bowl is a popularity contest. Pro Bowl Starter Jamaal Charles had 5 touchdowns and 1509 (on fewer carries I know) he is a great player, but was on an awful team. Rookie running back Alfred Morris of the Redskins had 13 touchdowns and 1613 yards of rushing, and his team made the playoffs, and they were arguably one of the most exciting teams to watch this year. But he is no where to be found. Hey we all know Jamaal Charles’s name though.

While not a pretty season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the number one defense in the league. Number one in total yards allowed, number one in passing yards allowed and number two (by 7.9 ypg) in rushing yards allowed. Now, I am just spewing these stats for pro bowl talking sake, not to argue the season; which it was a letdown and a surprise season for the Steelers. Not one Steeler defensive player made the pro bowl despite having the number one defense in the league.


That’s why this week we are talking sloppy seconds. Sloppy is the key here. While the pro bowl may not be the most intense game in the world its still football and its on TV, and football is fun to watch with people and hang out. This week going with the sloppy theme we are going to make sloppy joe from scratch!

Sloppy joe for lack of a better way to put it is BBQ’d beef on bread and its absolutely fantastic!

If you don’t like sloppy joe I would question if you are from this planet or if your taste buds work.



(this is Ray Lewis after sloppy joe, any questions?)





1 bell pepper med dice

half an onion small dice

1# meatball/meatloaf mix (pork and beef 80/20)



1 cup ketchup

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tea cumin

1 tea chili powder

2 tea hot sauce

salt and pepper

1teas stone ground mustard


As always we can cook this great dish together if you just click the video on the screen, go on you can click it.. its ok…

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  1. Brown the beef in a hot saute pan with a little olive oil. Let it brown it tastes better. Try to brake it up into smaller pieces as you saute it (Big pieces make it like eating a BK rodeo burger)
  2. Once the beef is browned add the peppers and onions to it cook them in the pan until they soften up.
  3. Once the onions and peppers are ready add the sauce and let it simmer for about 15-20 stirring occasionally (very important if don’t stir the bottom can burn and that would not be good)
  4. After simmering give it a good couple of stirs, if the sauce seems to thick add a little water to get the consistency you want, (kinda like watery ketchup)
  5. Serve it on some great burger buns with chips and you are ready!



There it is Sloppy Seconds!


Kinda like the pro bowl……


Hope your sloppy seconds comes out great and let me know what you think on twitter @chef_plum


Look for my 5 questions with celebrity chefs coming soon!


Until then, stay hungry!


Chef Plum

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