It took years to get this sauce just the way I wanted it, but I eventually found the sweet spot! I make large batches to freeze so I can have on hand any time. Great for gifting, and taking to grieving folks for "funeral food" too, instead of another box of chicken.
Brown beef in the sausage drippings, stirring to crumble as it cooks. Drain and return to pot. Stir in mashed garlic and remaining ingredients except sugar and butter. Loosely cover and bring to a slow boil, stirring often. Simmer for about 2 hours. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and butter. Package, cool and freeze.
* Helpful Hint: Buy sausage and red peppers when you find on sale. Slice and freeze the peppers ahead of time for spaghetti cooking day.