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Jay D's Barbecue Sloppy Joes

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BATON ROUGE - It's tailgating season yet again and Chef Jay Ducote visited our 4 p.m. broadcast with a brilliant take on an American classic. His sloppy joe recipe is perfectly suited to bringing out to the stadium parking lot and guaranteed to keep your crew full through the game (or at least until halftime depending on your crew).

Chef Jay D's recipe produces a slightly updated and more refined sloppy joe that in no way evokes memories of the mediocre renditions that were literally slopped onto trays in your high school cafeteria. The chef rough cuts the fresh veggies, uses quality ground beef and liberally adds in his own barbecue sauce for a product that is spicy, just sweet enough, and excellently textured. Here's the lowdown on how to crank out some of these sandwiches:

Jay D's Barbecue Sloppy Joes
Serves 4

Ingredients

Procedures
Brown the beef in saute pan with Burger Blend spice and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil into pan and saute vegetables until soft. Add beef back to pan with vegetables, add barbecue sauce and water then simmer for 20 minutes or until all of the liquid has reduced.

Once the meat is ready, spoon it up onto some buns and be sure to provide an ample supply of napkins to make sure your tailgate companions keep their game day apparel stainless. Being meticulous about providing napkins could be a game changer later in the season if the friends you tailgate with hold to the superstition of not washing jerseys during a winning streak. The sauce and the sloppy joes may smell great now, but things could get rough if your team makes it deep into the playoffs.

For this recipe, Jay D has sourced the spices and sauce locally. Jay Ducote launched his own brand of barbecue sauce earlier this year and it is the sauce he recommends for this recipe. Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce is now available all over Baton Rouge and is definitely worth trying. Check out the store locator on his website to find out where you can get it.

For more recipes that exude the joy of getting crazy with the sauce, be sure to check out Jay D's culinary blog and general musings about good eats at his website: Bite and Booze.

Full Disclosure: I am a barbecue sauce enthusiast. I tried the sauce today. It more than meets my exacting barbecue sauce standards. The sauce is good.

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