I had my first Sloppy Joe about 4 years ago. I remember, I was excited. We had our friend over. I made a fancy beef mixture, with roasted peppers, celery, carrots. I wasn't about to open a can, or spice packet. I wanted to make a grown-up, gourmet Joe. The sauce was thick, and I recall assembling the sandwiches at the table, smiling.
Then, after taking a couple of bites, I recall being confused. Why? Why, would anyone want to eat a ground meat sandwich? I mean it was good, don't get me wrong. The spices blended together well, the roasted peppers were a nice touch, but I didn't get it. Why not make a hamburger? Or use this mixture in a casserole? Why bother with this loose and messy sandwich? I was told that I would never understand, being an immigrant and all. So, I wasted no more time trying. And forgot about Sloppy Joes. That is, until I recently made the Pittsburgh BBQ Sauce.
I had sauce left over, which I froze, I also had frozen ground turkey. Seeing these two items side-by-side in my freezer, I realized Sloppy Joes were in order. As I had imagined, the BBQ sauce, with the addition of a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, ground turkey, garlic and celery made for deliciously smoky and flavorful Sloppy Joes. But, as we ate our sandwiches, I still couldn't get the "why?" out of my head.