Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Close-up of cranberry sauce
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: About 2 1/2 cups (20 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
43 Calories
1g Fat
5g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 2 1/2 cups (20 servings)
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.)

Cranberry barbecue sauce is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. It's delicious on grilled and smoked poultry and pork. If you are grilling a turkey, consider using this sauce to baste onto the turkey itself, or simply serve on the side. 


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

Steps to Make It

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

  2. Simmer on low for 15-20 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 1 week after preparation.