Smoky Sloppy Joes

08 Sep 2023

Smoky Sloppy Joes

40 minutes | easy | Serves 4

Everyone loves a sloppy Joe, and this is our favourite version, with lots of peppers and toppings, such as sour cream and pickled jalapenos. We’ve given this a smoky BBQ twist by charring the peppers before they go into the sauce, and adding a little smoked paprika. We love this served traditionally in sandwiches, but it’s also very good served over baked potatoes.


  • 4 burger buns, toasted
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 500g minced beef
  • 500g passata
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon American mustard
  • Sour cream, to serve
  • Sliced gherkins, to serve
  • Jalapenos, chopped, to serve



Light two gas burners

Light two gas burners on the Jupiter Outback BBQ and set the heat to high. Add the peppers and cook all over until charred.

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Remove the skins from the peppers

Remove the skins from the peppers and de-seed them, then finely chop. Heat a frying pan and add a dash of neutral oil. Add the onion and peppers and cook until softened – around 15 minutes.

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Add the garlic and paprika

Add the garlic and paprika and cook for a minute or so more, stirring. Add the beef and cook until browned all over.

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Add the passata

Add the passata, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, mustard, some salt and a generous splash of water. Cook over low heat, stirring regularly until everything is thick.

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Serve in buns

Serve in buns with the sour cream, chives and jalapenos.

Save any leftover sloppy Joe filling and try using it in a toasted sandwich with cheese for a quick and delicious lunch.

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Recipe Author

Recipe Author

Helen Graves

Helen Graves is an award-winning recipe, food and travel writer with a particular interest in barbecue. She writes freelance for many major food and drink publications and is editor of Pit, the UK's first independent magazine about live-fire cooking. Helen has created a series of exclusive recipes for Outback that focus on maximising flavour for the home cook using lots of spices, fresh herbs and BBQ technique.

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