Gluten-Free Korean Sloppy Joes
I love a good remix. These Sloppy Joes are a fun and flavorful Korean take on an all-American weeknight standard. And may I just say, in my opinion, these are better than the original!
The “sloppy” part of these is a sauce made with San-J Korean BBQ Sauce and reduced beef broth. The meat is a combo of ground beef and ground pork (you can use all beef or all pork if you prefer). And this all gets topped off with a delicious slaw and a fun mixture of cilantro, sesame seeds, and green onions. Pickled jalapeños are an optional, yet recommended, addition.
These are simple enough for a weeknight meal yet fun for a last-minute dinner idea if you’re having company over for a casual get-together. They only take about 20 minutes to cook and the slaw rests in the fridge as you do so. Fast, filling, and flavorful!
- 8 ounces coleslaw mix
- 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Kosher or fine sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 white or yellow onion , diced
- ¾ pound ground beef
- ¾ pound ground pork
- ½ cup San-J Korean BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup gluten-free beef broth
- ½ cup cilantro leaves , coarsely chopped
- 2 green onions , thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 6 gluten-free hamburger buns
- Pickled jalapeños , optional
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, vinegar, mayonnaise, sesame oil, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate until serving time.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the beef and pork and cook, breaking it up with a spatula, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off the excess fat and add the Asian BBQ sauce. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the beef broth and lower the heat. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces, about 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds.
Serve the meat on the buns, topped with coleslaw, the cilantro mixture, and pickled jalapeños, if desired.
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