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Smoky Turkey Sloppy Joes

The smoky turkey, sauteed peppers and onions, and tangy sweet sauce all come together in these sloppy joes from heaven. Serve on buttery toasty buns
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keyword: Turkey Sloppy Joes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Prepare your smoker for indirect grilling. Target temperature is 180 to 200 degrees F. Spread the ground turkey onto a wire cooling rack and place over a foil lined baking sheet. Season with the steak seasoning and place on the grill for 30 minutes.
  • While the turkey is smoking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with the olive oil then add the onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions and peppers have softened but not caramelized, about 6-8 minutes.
  • When the turkey has finished smoking, add it to the vegetable mixture and use the sharp edge of the spatula to break the meat into smaller pieces and finish cooking through.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and salt.
  • Bring the sloppy joe mixture to a simmer and cook for 5-8 more minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce is at your desired thickness.
  • Pile the sloppy joe mixture on top of toasted buns and serve with your favorite condiments, if desired.