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Smoky Joes Recipe

Smoky Joes

Prep Time 10min Cook Time 40min

Calling all napkins! These are tangy, sweet, and sloppy - just the way you like them - but with a delectable hint of smokiness. If you don't have smoked paprika (also called pimenton) or chipotles (which are smoked jalapenos), try substituting half a teaspoon of liquid smoke.

by Catherine Newman

What you'll need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder, (or 1/2 teaspoon canned chipotles)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns


Yields 4 servings

How to make it

  1. In a large skillet over high heat, sauté the beef, onions, and garlic until the beef is cooked and browning, and all the liquid has boiled off (around 10 minutes).
  2. Turn the heat down to low, then add the spices and cook, stirring, for a few seconds.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients, then partially cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
  4. Divide the mixture among the buns and serve.