One of my favorite things to eat as a kid was Sloppy Joes. They are very popular with children, and I remember eating them in my Junior High School Cafeteria for lunch many times. But once you become an adult you usually stop eating them. So I decided to make a new version of one of my favorite childhood recipes by smoking the meat and vegetables, as well as adding some more spices and seasonings to add more flavor. These Sloppy Joes take the flavor up to the next level for sure!
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 Onion, diced
1 Red Pepper, diced
2 Tablespoons of your favorite BBQ Rub
Potato Chips (with Ridges if your like me)
Sloppy Joe Sauce:
1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons Mustard
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Bourbon (completely optional)
Start by adding you Ground Beef, chopped Onion and Pepper to a disposable foil pan. Season the Beef with a couple Tablespoons of BBQ Rub. Smoke at 275-300 degrees with a light fruit wood, like cherry or Apple.
After 45 minutes stir the Onion and Pepper, and continue cooking until the Beef reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Remove and drain the fat. Return to foil pan and mix the Beef, Onion and Pepper together. Lastly add the Sloppy Joe Sauce and stir well. Taste and add a few Tablespoons of Brown Sugar if you desire a sweeter taste.
Return to you smoker and continue to cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce thickens up. If it seems it is getting too dry simply stir in some water and stir. Cook until it reaches your desired consistency.
Serve on Buns with Potato Chips and enjoy!
To see me show you how I made this recipe simply watch my video below.