Growing up in Iowa, Maid-Rite loose-meat sandwiches were a favorite! People in other parts of the country may not see what the big deal is, but they are so good! Sadly, the restaurant in my hometown that served these tasty treats is no longer in business, so I've had to resort to making my own sandwiches. There are several copycat recipes on the internet, and after trying a few different combinations, I found a sandwich I think is pretty darned close!
3 lbs ground beef, uncooked
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. dried minced onion
2 beef boullion cubes (or equivalent powder)
Place ground beef in slow cooker. In a bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together. Pour over the ground beef and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to break up the meat into very small pieces. Remove lid and continue to cook on high for 3 hours, until most of the liquid has cooked off. Stir occasionally to break up meat.
Use a slotted spoon to serve on buns. Top with mustard, ketchup, pickles, and a slice of cheese!