We wanted to revamp the classic sloppy joe recipe to be a little less sweet and have a more balanced flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to develop a recipe for Smoky Joes with a more balanced, less sweet flavor. Cooking the ground beef until just pink—not browned—before adding the sauce ensures the meat stays tender. Combining tomato puree and barbecue sauce yields a sufficiently sweet, smoky, rich tomato base. Flavoring the filling with garlic, chili powder, and hot pepper sauce gives the Smoky Joes some heat to balance their sweetness.