An all-ages childhood favorite
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The sloppy Joe has long been a key player in family dinners across the country, so it's apropos that chef Trevor Higgins has served them at many a staff meal. The messy meat sandwich became such a favorite that Higgins moved it to his front-of-the-house menu at Roost in Greenville, South Carolina. His recipe includes many of the classic trappings, with one notable addition: apple juice. The juice adds sweetness and prompts the ground beef to caramelize while cooking, adding a surprising depth to this weeknight staple. Grab a stack of napkins--it's about to get sloppy.
Yield: 4 sloppy Joes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
1 pound 80/20 ground beef
¾ cup ketchup
¼ cup light brown sugar
1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 brioche buns, halved crosswise
Potato chips, for serving