These smokey bbq sloppy joes have quickly become a family favorite.

We love sloppy joes in my house. They are super easy and a great dinner option during a busy week. This recipe calls for smoked paparika and liquid smoke which gives them a fabulous smokey flavor. Add in your favorite bbq sauce and you have a wonderful sloppy joe! I like to melt cheese on the top of my sandwiches to make them extra gooey and sloppy.

Ingredients Needed forSmokey BBQ Sloppy Joes:

Ground beef

Sweet peppers


Bbq sauce (I used hickory)

Tomato paste

Brown sugar

Yellow mustard

Worcestershire sauce

Liquid smoke (I used the mesquite flavor)

Garlic powder

Smoked paprika

Bacon (optional)

Notes: Add cheese to make them super gooey and sloppy! Spoon meat mixture over hamburger buns and top with a slice of cheddar cheese (American cheese is good, too).  Place on a baking sheet (without top bun) and broil for 1-2 min to melt the cheese. I have added chopped bacon to these smokey bbq sloppy joes and it’s delicious!

Recipe Feedback: “Great recipe. I tried it with slight modification in spices and it came out fabulous.”-Daniel

“Oh my! My family loved this one! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!”-Jessica

Love sloppy joes? You might want to try our sloppy joe casserole. It makes a wonderful weeknight dinner.

Smokey BBQ Sloppy Joes The Southern Lady Cooks


Smokey BBQ Sloppy Joes The Southern Lady Cooks

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5 from 2 votes

Smokey BBQ Sloppy Joes

This easy recipe is full of flavor. The perfect dish for a weeknight dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smokey BBQ Sloppy Joes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 lb of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of sweet peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup of onion diced
  • 1/2 cup of bbq sauce I used hickory
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke I use mesquite flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • chopped bacon optional


  • Saute onion and diced pepper over medium heat until tender. Add ground beef and cook through until no longer pink. Place meat and the remainder of ingredients in a crock pot on low for 2 hours or so. You may need to add water to make sure it doesn’t stick. I think slow cooking this sauce a bit longer helps bring out the flavor. You can certainly do it on top of the stove.

For cooking on top of the stove: Brown ground beef, onions and peppers. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Optional: Spoon over hamburger buns and top with a slice of cheddar cheese. Place on baking sheet (without top bun) and broil for 1-2 min to melt cheese.

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