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These cheesy sloppy joe sliders are an easy appetizer or meal, depending on how many you want to eat. Actually, you may just want to make them the main dish, because it will be hard to stop putting them on your plate. They’re the ultimate hand held comfort food.
3 tablespoons butter, plus more for melting
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef (we use 80% lean)
2 1/2 tablespoons dark or light brown sugar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
12 small hamburger buns for serving
1 tablespoon poppy seeds for topping
Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of butter.
Once melted, quickly add the onion and stir occasionally until translucent.
Add the peppers and garlic and stir occasionally for 1 minute, then add the ground beef and break it up with a wooden spoon, stirring it all together.
Allow to cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, chili powder and paprika.
Stir for 30 seconds and then add the ketchup and vinegar.
Allow to cook for 5 minutes, season to taste and serve or cook up to 1 hour on low and then serve. The longer it cooks, the better the flavor.
Scoop onto buns that have been brushed with butter.
Preheat the oven to 350Â°F.
Place the bun bottoms in a baking dish and fill each bun half with meat and a pile of cheese. Then, place the top bun on each.
Brush top buns with more melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove the foil and bake 2 more minutes to toast the buns.
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