This recipe is an all time favorite in our house and doubles as a sloppy joe recipe! I do not usually measure when I cook this and it make to the desired taste and texture, so all measurements are approximate.
1 Spaghetti Squash cut in half and roasted at 350 degrees cut side down until soft (30- 40 mins) or pasta of choice cooked Al Dente
Over medium heat, fry bacon pieces until crisp on edges, add Old Time ground beef (or turkey) dash of salt and dash of pepper. Brown and crumble ground beef.
Add celery, onion, garlic and mushrooms - cook until translucent and tender.
Add can of tomatoes, tomato paste and water - mix in well.
Start with 2 tablespoons each of worchestershire sauce and brown sugar. The worchestershire adds some "tang" to the sauce while the brown sugar softens the bite. The sauce will start to darken from the worchestershire and look more like a BBQ sauce than a red sauce. Slowly add more worchestershire sauce to your taste. I usually will let it simmer for a few minutes before tasting and adding more. In the end, I added 3 tablespoons of worchestershire.
Spoon over spaghetti squash or pasta and top with grated cheese
You can exchange the diced tomatoes for more tomato paste if you want a smoother sauce.
Cooking tip: Granny always made her barbecue sauce from scratch from ketchup, worchestershire and brown sugar - all to taste. No more searching to find the "right" BBQ sauce in the aisle! Start with ketchup in a bowl, add some brown sugar and add some worchestershire & mix. Add worchestershire for spice, sugar for the sweet and ketchup as a base for both. If you get it too sweet or too tangy, just add more ketchup.
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