Homemade Venison Sloppy Joes

Servings: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Sloppy Joes: a classic American weeknight meal. Sure, you could take the easy route and whip this meal up in a breeze, but once you make homemade sloppy joe sauce and give it some time to simmer, you'll never want to crack open a can again! The way the flavors of the sauce become one with the venison is truly something special. Give these delicious venison sloppy joes a try today!

Ingredients: – ground venison – pork lard, oil, or butter – ancho chili powder – smoked paprika – salt and pepper – yellow onion – red bell pepper – garlic – ketchup – mustard (any type but I use dijon) – tomato paste – hot sauce (optional) – apple cider vinegar – worcestershire sauce – liquid smoke – hamburger buns – red onion (optional) – pickle slices (optional)

Combine all sauce ingredients (ketchup, mustard, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, and hot sauce) in a glass jar.

Add lard or other cooking fat to Dutch oven over medium heat and swirl to coat the pan. Break up the ground venison in the pan and cook until meat starts to brown, about 2 minutes.

Add spices to ground meat and stir until meat is well-coated. Add onions, peppers, and garlic to meat and stir to combine. Cook until meat is fully browned and vegetables are softened, 5-7 minutes.

Add in sauce and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to very low. Mostly cover pot with lid, allowing for a small vent hole. Cook for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serve on buns with sliced red onion and pickle slices, if desired. Enjoy!

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