Smoky sloppy Joe recipe.

It is funny how we all grow up with different words.  My mom always called these barbecues not sloppy Joes.  The first time I went to a kids house and they were serving sloppy Joes I had no idea what they were talking about.

This is a recipe that everyone will love.  This is an upgraded version of my mom’s recipe.  Mostly because she didn’t smoke the ground beef first.  My mom would make all of us kids our favorite dinner on our birthday.  I remember choosing this recipe more than once and if I  had a kids birthday party this was always a huge hit.

  • Smash ten pounds of ground burger into a huge patty.  Top generously with our famous dry rub.
  • Put burger on racks in smoker and smoke for 4-5 hours.
  • While the burger is smoking I throw two diced onion and 4 diced celery stalks into my crock pot on high with a nice chunk of butter.  I let them simmer while my beef smokes.  This will get them nice and soft and release a bunch of great flavors.
  • Once the ground beef has smoked for 4-5 hours I fry it.  Usually your burger isn’t quite cooked all the way through.  This will help you get all of the grease out. (pour it off)  It also helps create the right texture.  Now it will have the texture of burger instead of meatloaf.  Add to crock pot.
  • Add 2 6oz cans of plain tomato paste.
  • Add 3/4 cup ketchup
  • Add 3/4 cup mustard
  • 4 tablespoons of coarse black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

Simmer four an hour and taste.  Make any adjustments after simmering, because this will change the flavor.   Toast some buns and top with our home made slaw.

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