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Smoky Joe - A Family Feast

Smoky Joe

Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
Prep: 15 minsCook: 15 minsTotal: 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground beef (80/20 mix)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely minced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, passed through a garlic press or finely minced
  • 1 6ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Ground Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 14ounce can pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Mediterranean Oregano Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • Bulkie or Kaiser rolls for serving


  1. In a large skillet or cast iron pan, sauté the ground beef over medium heat until cooked. Remove from heat and pour into a strainer catching liquid. Let the fat rise to the top of the liquid, reserve just one tablespoon of the fat and all of the liquid. The liquid that the beef gives off will be used later along with the one tablespoon of fat.
  2. In the same pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onions, both peppers, carrot and celery and sauté four minutes. Add garlic and sauté for one more minute. Add tomato paste and cook for another minute.
  3. Add all other ingredients including cooked beef, reserved liquid and fat. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes to incorporate flavors, stirring often. Add more water as needed. Remove from heat and serve in bulkie or kaiser rolls, or your favorite burger roll.

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