Smoked Sloppy Joes

May 30, 2020


In a large bowl, season the ground beef with salt and pepper, then mix in the onion, peppers and garlic until all ingredients are homogenized. Put the meat mixture into a foil pan and spread into an even layer across the entire pan.

In a cup or bowl, mix together the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar to make the sauce.

Start a basket of coals in a drum smoker, add a strip of hickory wood, and let it heat to about 300 degrees. Once it’s up to temperature, add the meat mixture to the drum and let it cook to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Drain the grease out of the pan. Add the sauce and a small splash of water to the pan, and mix well to combine. Put meat back into the pit and cook for another 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through. When the meat is nearly finished, toast your buns, and then top with a heaping scoop of meat.


2 pounds 80/20 ground beef

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

1 yellow onion, diced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons mild yellow mustard

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Brioche buns