Veal and Bacon Sloppy Joes

Veal and Bacon Sloppy JoesMaking the homemade bacon barbecue sauce is worth the extra effort in this stepped up Sloppy Joe dish. You can double the barbecue sauce and keep extra in the fridge for other uses. 

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Bacon Barbecue Sauce:
6 slices Ontario side bacon, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 cup (375 mL) tomato sauce
1/3 cup (75 mL) ketchup
2 tbsp (30 mL) packed brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) apple cider vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) smoked paprika
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin and chipotle chili powder

Veal and Bacon Sloppy Joes:
6 slices Ontario side bacon
1 lb (500 g) lean ground Ontario veal
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 whole wheat or white buns

Bacon BBQ Sauce:
Heat a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Cook bacon for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden, removing excess fat as needed. Stir in onion, garlic and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is soft.

Add tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Bring to boil, stirring to scrape and incorporate any brown bits into the sauce.

Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Set aside.

Sloppy Joes:
Heat a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook bacon for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Drain all but 2 tbsp (30 mL) fat. Increase heat to medium-high.

Crumble in veal. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in onion, green pepper, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add Bacon Barbecue Sauce. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is thick and flavourful.

Serve on buns.

Cook’s Notes:
Substitute lean ground Ontario beef for veal, if desired.
For a milder version omit chipotle chili powder.
To dress this up a bit look for flour dusted artisanal buns.

Per Serving:  Calories 478, Fat 12 grams, Cholesterol 87 mg, Sodium 745 mg, Carbohydrates 37 grams, Fibre 6 grams, Sugar 11 grams, Protein 29 grams.
One serving contains 17% of the %DV of Iron.
One serving contains 2% of the %DV of Vitamin A.