Recipe By Alissa
Published Mar 5th
Prep 10m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 6 servings Calories 247.5

This is my go-to sloppy joe recipe. Liquid smoke is the key ingredient here.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cook and stir ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes; drain excess grease. Mix ketchup, dried onion, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, smoke flavoring, and garlic into beef, stirring until brown sugar has dissolved.
  2. 2 Stir beef broth into beef mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until thick, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 247.5
  • Carbohydrate 19.6 g
  • Cholesterol 49.6 mg
  • Fat 12 g
  • Fiber 0.3 g
  • Protein 16.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 4 g
  • Sodium 743.4 mg
  • Sugar 16.9 g


  1. This is one of the best sloppy joe recipes going!! Tried it "as is" the first go around and did make a couple small modifications. I used real onion instead of dried, omitted 1 tbsp. of brown sugar and added 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper. The smoke flavor I use is Hickory which I think - Read more ...
  2. Smoky, barbecuey, not too tomatoey or spicy. This had a strong tasste of the Dijon and had some bite back, but overall it was a decent reipe and I enjoyed my meal. I used mesquite smoke flavor. It sounded like a whole tablespoon of liquid smoke was a lot, but it turned out fine and - Read more ...
  3. Finally, Sloppy Joes that are as easy to make as they are to eat! I admit I was skeptical, but it was a long day and I really didn't want to do all my usual prep work for Sloppy Joes. Alissa to the rescue! I made this exactly as written, and OMG, it was good. - Read more ...
  4. Just finished making it got a taste of it and yum! great recipe. I did use fresh onions and garlic as I didn't have the dried one. and added vegetable stock instead as well. It's all I had. very please and will def make again. thanks a bunches!
  5. These are delicious! Normally I would be inclined to use fresh onion and garlic but this was one of those nights I just wanted something as simple as possible. I really don't know that I will go for fresh when I make these again- they are pretty darn tasty the way the recipe is written! - Read more ...
  6. This is definitely a keeper!I didnt have liquid smoke so I used garlic bbq sauce and didnt have spicy brown mustard so I used ground mustard and regular mustard and turned out awesome...Loved it!!!
  7. Made this last night for hubby and he really loved it. I cut the sugar by one tablespoon and ended up having to delay dinner so I doubled the broth and just left it to barely simmer for nearly two hours, stirring occasionally. I don't eat meat but even I thought it smelled fantastic and - Read more ...
  8. Made this last night. I did use fresh onion and garlic and added a dash of chili powder. Rave reviews from husband and son. Not sure if it was the liquid smoke, broth or what, but these are the best sloppy joes, ever. Thanks for sharing
  9. This was awesome. I uses real onion instead of dried onion.