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Prep Time:
10 Minutes
Grill time:
4 to 6 Hours

Smokey Joes

Smoked Sloppy Joes

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Smokey Joes
Serves 4
Prep Time:
Grill time: 4 to 6 Hours
After making Grilled Chili Cheese Dogs, I was to making other messy foods on the grill, like Sloppy Joes. Of course, I needed to put a proper barbecue spin on this recipe and decided that they needed to be more than sloppy; they needed to be Smokey Joes – Smoked Sloppy Joes. I smoked a big chuck roast until a fork could shred the meat, then added a homemade sauce and served it all on a big bun with a spicy Kale and Horseradish Slaw to top it all off. …So messy and delicious… 
Shred the beef
Shred the beef
Get a little saucy
Get a little saucy
Serve topped with fresh slaw
Serve topped with fresh slaw

Smokey Joes

Serves: 4       Total Time: 4 to 6 Hours


    • 3 to 4 lbs. beef chuck roast
    • ¼ cup of mustard
    • ½ cup of your favorite beef seasoning like this Steak Spice
    • Mesquite or Whisky Oak Wood Chips, soaked
    • big Kaiser or onion buns for serving
    • butter
    • deli style sliced cheese

    Smoky Joe Sauce

    • 1½ cups of ketchup
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 1 clove garlic, grated
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 2 tsp. dry mustard
    • 2 tsp. chili powder
    • pinch of red chili flakes, or ¼ tsp. sambal olek
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Kale Horseradish Slaw

    • ½ cup shredded Kale
    • ½ cup shredded red cabbage or radicchio 
    • 1 cup of shredded cabbage
    • ½ of a red onion, sliced
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • ¼ cup of horseradish mayonnaise
    • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
    • 2 tbsp. sugar
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Directions

    Step 1
    Prepare your smoker with a load of charcoal. Preheat to 250°F and place a water pan filled with boiling water over the coals. If you are using a gas grill, remove all of the grids, on one side, place a pan with hot water and replace the grids, on the other; place the Charcoal Tray directly on the burners. Light the burners below the charcoal tray and preheat the coals. Once they’re lit, turn the burners off and preheat the grill to 250°F.
    Step 2
    Rub the meat with mustard and then coat it well with the seasoning of your choice. The thicker the seasoning, the better the bark(link if online by then).
    Step 3
    Smoke the chuck roast for 4 to 6 hours. Use a Wireless Digital Thermometer to watch the temperature. You are looking for 190°F, but it’s not ready until a fork will literally shred the beef on the smoker when you poke it.
    Step 4
    As soon as the beef is on, make the coleslaw. Slaw is always best once it has been sitting for a while. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, horseradish mayo, cider vinegar, mustard, sugar, and olive oil. Add the kale, red cabbage, regular cabbage, and onion. Mix well, until everything is coated. Cover and place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
    Step 5
    While you are waiting for the meat to smoke, you can also make the sauce. In a saucepan, combine the ketchup, butter, garlic, sugar, mustard powder, chili powder, and pinch of red chili flakes (or sambal). Bring it to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
    Step 6
    Once the beef is ready and you can literally shred it where it sits, remove it from the smoker. Allow the beef to rest for 15 minutes before shredding.
    Step 7
    Pour the sauce over the shredded beef and use some sturdy tongs to mix it through. Butter and toast the buns, place your favorite deli style cheese on the bottom bun, add a heaping helping of saucy smoked beef and top that with some of the fresh slaw.
    Step 8
    Pass out the napkins and dig in!
    Careful that slaw is spicy
    Careful that slaw is spicy
    Deliciously messy
    Deliciously messy

    Smokey Joes – Smoked Sloppy Joes were delicious, messy, and did I mention delicious?! I don’t think I have had so much fun eating something so sloppy before. This is a perfect Sunday dinner with the kids, or something to enjoy on game day! What is your favorite messy meal to eat?

    Happy Grilling! 

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