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Sloppy Joes

Perfect Picture??

Don’t let the picture fool you. This is not a picture of my family’s Sunday morning breakfast.  It began the same way each week.The four kids would awake to my mother yelling at us to hurry and get up. We would convene with eyes half shut at the circular oak table with a bowl of whatever horrible cereal was left from the weekday slaughter.

Um Pa Pa, Um Pa Pa

The constant rhythm of childhood slurping of homogenized milk sounded more like a traditional German beer hall band. Then the moment we had all been fearing and anxiously trying to avoid………… the biggest Pass of Gas from the very top of the staircase would rattle our bowls as my father made his way down in his dirty white, tattered boxer shorts. Some kids awoke to their mothers sweet whispers, some kids to an alarm clock. Some kids to a Cockle Doodle Do…..But at my house our day started out with Dad’s Giant Fart. As we got older and began to bring girlfriends and boyfriends home from college, this moment would always have us panicking and sweating with anxiety. But once the Tuba had blown it’s horn, there was nothing left of our pride, and we moved on with Sunday.

Following Sunday School and Church we would make our way home in the family station wagon. There was never any guessing  where we might be going for Sunday lunch. It was always the same…….back home for Sloppy Joes. Somehow my amazing grandmother was able to take one pound of ground beef, a package of seasoning and some ketchup, a pack of 8 small buns and feed a family of 7! Albeit a still very hungry family of 7. So she would open up the day old loaf of


Wonder Bread and stack it up high with a stick of oleo and we would eat until we couldn’t get up. Now how is that for healthy dining? There was something special about Sloppy Joe Sundays. Maybe it was the race for sopping rights of the leftover sauce. Maybe it was one time a week where for 17 years, we were always together. So in honor of this meaningful meal,I thought I would share an updated, more interesting version of that “Oh so simple” sandwich.


1 chopped onion, 1 garlic clove minced,1 small jar of pimentos chopped

1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 pound fatty ground beef, 2 tsps chili powder (crank it up for more fun)

2 cups of homemade Italian tomato sauce (use San Marino peeled tomatoes only), 1 1/4 cup of frozen corn kernels, 4 pieces finely chopped bacon,

2 tblsp Barbeyaki Grilling Sauce

4 Brioche Rolls


Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, and pimentos to a fairly deep skillet, stirring occasionally until the ground beef is cooked. Add the chili powder, corn, and spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture onto Brioche and top with fresh Mozzarella cheese. Broil bun with cheese until almost burnt! Hope you enjoy this like I do and have it next Sunday.

Sincere and Sloppy

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The Sandwich

The Good Ole’ Days

Remember this stuff? Brings back some really good memories of growing up back in Mississippi. My mother used this stuff for filler. Most of you probably don’t understand what filler is. But filler is what a lower middle class mother stacks up on the dinner table for the younguns to stuff themselves because 1 lb. of hamburger meat ain’t goin to fill up a family of seven. Well thank the good Lord that there are much better things to do with this and they are called Sandwiches! 

Today I am going to give you my Top Ten Sandwiches of all time, along with a couple of secrets you may want to try the next time you whip one of these up. So here we go:

Barbeyaki’s Top Ten Sandwiches

#1 The Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Secrets: 1. Elvis’s favorite Sandwich  2. Mash the Bananas with a Tbsp of Mayo  3. Greek Yogurt can replace Mayo for health nuts

#2 The Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Secrets:  1. Sub some cream cheese for part of the Mayo 2.  Put Kosher Pickles of top with Tomatoes  3. 2-3 cloves of chopped Garlic spices it up

#3 The Monte Christo

Secrets:  1. Use a little baking soda to fluff up the batter  2. Vegetable Oil only for frying  3. Top with Sour Cream and Raspberry Jam

#4 Fried Bologna Sandwich

Secrets: 1. Bologna should be 1″ thick  2. Score the bologna in the middle a few times to keep from curling  3. A little hot pepper butter in between bologna and cheese makes all the difference.

# 5 The Tuna Melt

Secrets: 1.Albacore only  2. Put some Potato Chips in the middle  3. Caramelized Onions mixed into the tuna

# 6 The BLT

Secrets: 1. put Mayo and Basil in processor and puree a bit  2. Thick bacon only 3. Put some avocados and red onions on top of the L and T

#7 Pulled Pork Sandwich

Secrets: 1.Toasted Brioche buns only 2. Put some Sour cream and whole grain mustard in the cole slaw 3. Make sure that Pork Butt is covered in Brown Sugar when you smoke it.

# 8 The Turkey Pannini

Secrets: 1. Puree Pine Nuts with Olive Oil and a little bit of provolone for a pesto sauce 2. Turkey Brest only. 3. Avocados baby! 4. Sourdough bread please

# 9 Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Secrets: 1. Left-over steak is perfect for this 2. Hoagie rolls only 3. Fontina Cheese

# 10 The Spam Sandwich

Secrets: 1. Fried Spam only 2. Lots of Mustard 3. White bread only

Yum Yum

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