Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Close-up of cranberry sauce
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
43 Calories
1g Fat
5g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 3g
Calcium 8mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You'll satisfy cravings for both tart and sweet with this cranberry barbecue sauce recipe. You can make this with cranberry sauce or jelly, whichever one you prefer. Go ahead and grill that turkey as this is the perfect baste to use. 

Make sure to have enough for those leftover turkey sandwiches as this sauce will make them amazing. It can also be served on the side or used on other poultry and pork dishes.


  • 1/2 cup/120 milliliters cranberry sauce ​(or cranberry jelly)
  • 1/2 cup/120 milliliters ketchup
  • 1/2 cup/120 milliliters apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup/60 milliliters orange juice
  • 1/4 cup/60 milliliters brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup/60 milliliters water
  • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliters Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliters Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon/5 milliliters salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliters hot sauce (use more or less to suit tastes)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over low heat.

  2. Simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir often, and watch for burning.

  3. Remove from heat, and allow the sauce to cool completely before using. Store sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week after preparation.