I made changes or additions as the original recipe was a bit bland. I added 2more garlic cloves, 2 tbs. juice from pepperoncinis, 1 healthy tbs. spicy mustard, increased Dr Pepper and omitted water. It turned out zippy w a sweet finish... but not overly sweet. Will definitely make again w changes.
This recipe originally caught my eye because my son is a picky eater, but he LOVES Dr. Pepper. I did have to make the following changes to the recipe to accomodate his likes and dislikes: I diced a medium sweet onion instead of red onion slices. Omitted the olive oil because I used ground pork instead of ground round (my son won't eat red meat), using ground pork made the need to use 2 T of olive oil unnecessary. I browned the pork and cooked the onions all at the same time. I also omitted the pepperoncini but added 1/4 cup of the juice from a jar of Mt. Olive Kosher Dills with Texas Pete Hot Sauce Flavor. My son LOVED this recipe with the changes I mentioned above, and has asked me to make it TWO more times since I made the first batch. Maybe the addition of the Texas Pete Infused Pickle juice gave it the KICK it needed.
Caught our eye for something different for sloppy joes to feed our church's youth group. Had to throw out a 4x batch--way too sweet and no flavor.
I too was disappointed. The flavor just wasn't there.
The recipe caught my eye because of the ingredients and I thought it would be worth a try for something quick on a busy night. I made the recipe exactly has written but when test tasted, I felt it was missing something. I added alittle sugar and a bit of heat to increase the flavor.