My family loves barbecue so, it same as no surprise when I had to put a smokey spin on my 'Joes dubbing them "Smokey Joes." They're super tasty serve on toasted kaiser rolls with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese, if you're so inclined. At times we'll also eat this as a meat sauce over a steamy bowl of cheddar grits or cooked pasta. It's honest, down home good eats, that keeps my family happy and my budget on track. For a chicken twist, you may like to try these Chipotle Chicken Sloppy Joes from Culinary Hill.
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- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 small red or green bell pepper finely diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- salt & black pepper to taste
- 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
- 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
- ⅔ cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar [or to taste]
- 2 tsp liquid hickory smoke flavoring
- 2 tsp barbecue seasoning i.e. Barbecue Magic or similar
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley
- In a stove top pan, heat a couple of drizzles of olive oil. Saute the diced onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat until translucent, softened and beginning to brown. Add garlic cooking for one minute longer. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Add ground beef. Cook until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pan then add all of the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Use a spoon to break up the tomatoes.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro or parsley at the end, if desired
- Serve on toasted kaiser rolls