Sweet Heat Cape Cod Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes with Cranberry Heat

  • preparation

    Preparation time

    30 min.

  • portions


    6 Sandwiches

  • cooks

    Cooks In

    25 min.


Here’s one the whole family will be asking for again and again! This particular recipe was brought to us by Kim of the Life in The Van blog, so thank you Kim for blessing us with this mouth watering creation. Being the ‘cranberry people’ we are here at Cape Cod Select, we’ve experimented with our fresh frozen cranberries in so many ways, but we must admit trying this recipe was our first go with a cranberry infused Sloppy Joe. We can now safely say that it is a must try combo!

Serve ’em hot, or take them to-go for lunch, either way you’ll be happy you made these bad boys!




2 Cups Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries
1 & 1/2 Cups Good Quality, Jarred Tomato Sauce
1/3 Cup Prepared Chili Sauce
2 Tablespoons Molasses
1-2 Tablespoons Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


2/3 Cup Diced Onion
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 & 1/2 Pounds Lean Ground Beef


2 Cups Very Thinly Sliced Napa Cabbage
1 Cup, Packed, Roughly Chopped Kale Leaves (Stems Discarded)
1/2 Cup Grated Carrot
1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Scallions
3 Tablespoons Mild Olive Oil
2 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt


6 Buns (Burger, Italian, Kaiser, Egg-twist)


1. In a pot whisk together the jarred tomato sauce, chili sauce, molasses, sweet Thai chili sauce*, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Add in the cranberries. Stir. *Using 1 tablespoon of the sweet Thai chili sauce will produce a very mild heat. For a sauce with a bit more kick, opt for 2 tablespoons.

2. Cover the pot and cook over low-medium heat for 10 minutes. Once the cranberries begin to thaw and break open, remove the lid. Cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, breaking apart the cranberries with a wooden spoon while cooking. Once the cranberries have broken down, place the sauce into a blender fitted with a top vent. Beginning on low speed, mix together. Slowly increase speed to puree. Puree for 30 seconds or until the sauce is smooth and free of lumps. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, place the diced onion and olive oil into a skillet. Saute for 5-7 minutes or until the onions are fragrant and translucent. Add in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Place the ground beef into the skillet and cook over medium heat. During the cooking process break apart the meat into small crumbles with a spatula. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. Drain the meat to remove any liquid and fat. Return the meat to the skillet. Pour the reserved sauce into the skillet. Stir together and heat through for 3-4 minutes.

4. For the slaw, very thinly slice enough Napa cabbage for 2 packed cups. Discard any thick pieces of cabbage. Combine with the chopped kale leaves, grated carrot, and sliced scallions. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, sweet Thai chili sauce, and salt until emulsified. Add to the slaw and massage into the mixture. Set aside.

5. Assemble your sloppy joes by placing 1/3-1/2 cup of the slaw onto the bottom bun. Top with a 1/2 cup of the meat mixture.


Best served hot and with plenty of napkins! Also great when reheated for lunches!


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