Maid-Rite Copycat (Loose Meat Sandwiches) NEW VIDEO

The classic Maid-Rite is a loose meat sandwich made with perfectly seasoned, tender slow-cooked ground beef served on a warm slightly sweetened bun. We have tried to replicate it for years and at long last, we have the perfect crock pot recipe and it is one to keep! If you have never tried one, run (do not walk) to your kitchen and make this!

A few years ago Chad and I traveled to Iowa for his high school reunion.  It was a much anticipated trip.

I have wanted to see Iowa for years, not just for the corn (although I would fly out just for that).  Ever since I first met him he had spoke of his favorite places in Cedar Rapids, so we had a long list of things to see and do.  Visiting a Maid-Rite restaurant was at the top of the list.

I bear in mind paying attention to all approximately Maid-Rite’s in quite an awful lot each conversation approximately Iowa for so long as I even have comprehend him.

Interestingly, Maid-Rite has been an Iowa tradition since 1926 (and a mid-west staple for many years).  A Maid-Rite is a loose meat sandwich made with perfectly seasoned tender slow cooked ground beef served on a warm bun.

First of all, it is definitely NOT a sloppy joe.  It is an unformed burger, featuring beef slow cooked in seasoning liquid leaving you with the most tender seasoned beef.

Simply served on a warm slightly sweet bun.  It is the most spectacular simple sandwich you will ever sink your teeth into.  Truth be told, I didn’t ‘get it’ until I had my first sandwich.

Many family members have tried to replicate the magic that is the Maid-Rite.  Many have failed.

My father-in-law much like the rest of Chad’s family, grew up on Maid-Rite’s Loose Meat Sandwiches and a few months lower back he informed my husband that at long final, he had a recipe that changed into the fine Maid-Rite he had ever eaten, likely better than the original.

I was so excited to get to work on the recipe. A few tweaks here and there and Chad was over the moon!  SCORE.  The sandwich starts with lean ground beef, slow cooked in a mixture of onion, beef and chicken broth with vinegar, brown sugar and a hand full of other flavorful ingredients that are cooked in a crock pot, tenderizing the meat and infusing the flavors from the broth right into the beef.

Scoop your beef onto a warm bun and you have a Maid-Rite even better that the original.  Customize your sandwich by choosing your toppings.  I am a cheese gal, so I love cheddar cheese, onion, pickle and ketchup on mine. I realize that ketchup was not traditionally served with a Maid-Rite until recently, but I am a rebel like that!

Use you imagination and custom create your own favorite!  Maid-Rite’s and sweet corn are the plan for our party.  Perfect combo.

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  • Maid Rite is traditionally served with mustard, but I am not one to follow the pack. Try it with ketchup and pickles or your favorite topping.
  • Slow Cooker the slow cooker is almost my most used kitchen appliance, especially during fall/winter! It’s just so convenient, and lets face it, it makes comfort food taste even better!


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See how easy this Maid-Rite Copycat  is to make. Watch the video!!!

Yield: 8-12Author: Donna Elick

Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

The traditional Maid-Rite is a loose meat sandwich made with perfectly seasoned, smooth slow-cooked ground beef served on a heat barely sweetened bun. We have attempted to replicate it for years and at lengthy ultimate, we have were given the perfect crock pot recipe and it’s miles one to maintain! If you’ve got in no manner tried one, run (do not walk) to your kitchen and make this!

prep time: 10 minscook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 10 mins

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium beef base (or a bouillon cube)
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium chicken base (or a bouillon cube)
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef, uncooked
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Optional toppings:  cheese, ketchup, pickles, onions, mustard
  1. Set slow cooker to high.  Add all ingredients (except beef).  Stir to combine. Add beef and stir until all combined and beef is completely coated.
  2. Cover and cook for 1 hour.  Stir occasionally to break up ground beef.  Uncover after 1 hour of cook time.  Continue cooking on high for 2 ½ – 3 hours (with the lid off), until most of the liquid has cooked off.  Continue to stir occasionally and break up any chunks of beef.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, serve a heaping spoonful on a warm bun and load it up with your favorite toppings.  We love cheese, ketchup and pickles!
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick The Slow Roasted Italian

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