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Smoked sloppy Joes make the best sloppy Joes! Adding a layer of smoke the mixture really takes the flavor over the top. Just one taste and you’ll never want to make it in the oven or skillet again!

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  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup Heinz Ketchup
  • 2 tsp mild yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Brioche buns


Dice the onion and peppers and mince the garlic. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper, then combine all the ingredients and mix until they’re 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 and 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 half way through.

When the meat is nearly finished, toast your buns, then serve with a heaping scoop of meat.

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