Smokey Sloppy Sliders

If any of you have spent time in Iowa you might be familiar with the traditionally popular Maid-Rites. These little “Sloppy Joes,” or as they call them “loose meat sandwiches,” are what kids grew up on in Iowa. Predating McDonald’s by almost 30 years, I’m guessing they were the vision of what fast food sandwiches are today. And from what I understand they still sell the Maid-Rite using the same recipe as their first opening in 1926. Now that’s tradition!

But today we’re going to throw tradition aside and make our own Galley Pirates version of these loose meat Sloppy Joe sandwiches in a miniature, slider size. And they’re going to smoke!

Smokey Sloppy Sliders

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1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb pork sausage
2/3 cup diced onions
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons alderwood smoked salt
2 cups shredded cheese
12 King’s Hawaiian Savory Butter Roles
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Today we had Alexa and Sophia on board. Two beautiful girls off to “sail-ebrate” Sophia’s 12th birthday. Carefully watched by Sophia’s mom, we set off to find an anchoring hole so the girls could have a celebratory swim in the Chesapeake Bay. Oh…and a Galley Pirate’s lunch! 

In a large pan, fry the ground beef, ground pork and onions together until browned. Drain off any excess grease into a disposable container. (NOT down your galley sink.)

Stir in the next nine ingredients. Yup, that’s just how easy these are! Let simmer for a good 15 minutes or so.

Preheat your oven to 350º or above. Slice the King’s Hawaiian Savory Butter Roles down the middle with a sharp bread knife. Take off the tops and load up each sandwich with a generous spoonful of the meat mixture, then top each with shredded cheese. In a small pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.

Lay the sandwich tops back on and brush each with the melted butter.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you don’t mind getting them all over your cockpit. We threw caution to the wind today. After all, it was a birthday celebration!

Bake in your preheated oven until the cheese melts and the tops crisp up a bit, about 15 minutes. Serve hot with chips, carrots and lots of napkins! They are sure to put a smile on a 12 year old’s face!

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