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After having my first taste of sloppy joe as a kid, I was immediately hooked! The delicious beefy and sweet mixture on a bun brings back so many great memories.  So, why not make a grilled version?  I did just that.  This smoked sloppy joe baked potato had the same traditional flavors and then some!  The addition of smokiness and rendered beef fat along with the fresh jalapeno lime crema all served over a baked potato took this ordinary dish to new heights.

Step 1: It’s always over the top.

Instead of just mixing ground beef with tomato sauce, I wanted to develop more flavors.  So instead, I smoked the seasoned beef over the roasting veggies.  Trust me, you will never have it the old way again!  

To start, dice up a bell pepper, onion and green chilis, add minced garlic, chili powder, 1 tbsp salt and beef broth into a dutch oven.  

I used an 85/15 lean to fat ratio on the ground beef.  Take the entire block, season with 1 tbsp salt and pepper and mix it all together forming a loaf like shape.  Place it on a wire rack and over the veggie mix.

At the same time, you have to bake your potatoes since those do take a long time to soften.  To help speed up the process, poke a few holes around the potato with a fork.  

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Step 2: Time time fire up the grill.

Preheat the grill to 250 degree and set for indirect heat. Place the dutch oven on the grill and let if cook for about 2 hours or until the beef reaches 160 degrees internally.

Place the raw potatoes directly on the grates and let the grill along with the sloppy joe mix. 

Step 3: Tomato sauce to complete the sloppy joe.

Once the beef has reached its temperature, remove it off the grill along with the dutch oven. 

Crumble the beef into the veggie mix.  Add ketchup, tomato paste, yellow mustard, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix it all together and put it back on the grill for another 15 minutes.

Step 4: How to make Jalapeno Lime Crema.

To balance the sweetness of the sloppy joe, this fresh jalapeno lime crema is the perfect topping.

In a blender add, sour cream, heavy cream, a pitted jalaneno, freshly squeezed lime juice and salt. Blend the ingredients together until it reaches a smooth liquid consistency.

Step 5: Final steps for the smoked sloppy joe baked potato.  

Once the baked or grilled potato is soft, slice it down the middle and scrunch it up to make space for the sauce.  Next add heaping spoonfuls of the sloppy joe, top it by drizzling some fresh jalapeno lime crema and this dish is ready to be served.  Enjoy!

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Smoked Sloppy Joe Baked Potato

One of my childhood favorites, piled on top of a soft baked potato. The perfect meal!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 Russet potatoes
  • 1 lb Ground beef (85/15)
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • 1 Yellow onion
  • 4 oz Diced green chiles can
  • 2 cups Beef broth
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 4 oz Sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 Lime, freshly squeezed juice

Instructions 

  • To start, dice up a bell pepper, onion and green chilis, add minced garlic, chili powder, 1 tbsp salt and beef broth into a dutch oven.  
  • Take the entire block, season with 1 tbsp salt and pepper and mix it all together forming a loaf like shape.  Place it on a wire rack and over the veggie mix.
  • Poke a few holes around the potato with a fork.  
  • Preheat the grill to 250 degree and set for indirect heat. Place the dutch oven and potatoes on the grill and let if cook for about 2 hours or until the beef reaches 160 degrees internally.
  • Oncethe beef has reached its temperature, remove it off the grill and crumble the beef into the veggie mix.  Add ketchup, tomato paste, yellow mustard, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix it all together and put it back on the grill for another 15 minutes.
  • For the jalapeno lime crema, in a blender add, sour cream, heavy cream, a pitted jalaneno, freshly squeezed lime juice and salt. Blend the ingredients together until it reaches a smooth liquid consistency.
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I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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