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Sweet Leftover Cranberry Barbeque Sauce

Updated on December 11, 2013
Sweet Leftover Cranberry Barbeque Sauce
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In my quest to discover new and interesting ways to use my Thanksgiving leftovers, I decided to get creative with my leftover cranberry sauce.

So we’ve already learned to use this to make some Scrumptious Leftover Cranberry Bread and Leftover Stuffing and Cranberry Cookies. What about singling out the cranberry sauce and making it the star of a new meal, or two, or three!

The perfect way to do that is by making it into a new fantastic sauce that can be used on just about anything, even if it’s hamburgers for the evening, chicken fingers, chicken on the grill, barbequed meats, steak, pork chops, or even oven baked potatoes.

So that’s exactly what I created. I was searching for a sauce in which I could include cranberries, that complemented many of our traditional dinner dishes around here.

The one kind of sauce that made sense was barbeque sauce. Next to ketchup and ranch, barbeque sauce is one of the main items in many of our meals.

It goes well with everything, even shrimp and mashed potatoes, and therefore has made it to a place of honor on our dinner tables.

In this recipe, I attempt to take this already delicious condiment and make it that much better by injecting a sweetness reminiscent of the holidays, to keep the flavor and the joy that comes with the holidays lasting that much longer.

Whether you use leftover fresh or frozen cranberries in your sauce, or leftover cranberry sauce from your big holiday meal, this is not only a great way to get rid of leftover food in your fridge from Thanksgiving, but it gives you an amazing addition to your regular meals that you may wish to incorporate into your dinners for the rest of the year.

Even better, by removing the cranberries, you are left with a delicious but simple homemade barbeque sauce to use in all of your barbeque dishes from here on out.


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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves about 6-10 people


  • 2 cups cranberries, (or cranberry sauce)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano


  1. Add your orange juice and cranberries to a medium saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, bring your ingredients to a slow boil and stir.
  3. Allow your cranberries to cook slowly until they start popping, which may take about 10 minutes.
  4. Add in your 1/4 cup molasses and stir until melted.
  5. Add in your honey and stir until melted.
  6. And add in your brown sugar, stirring until thoroughly melted.
  7. Cook for another 10 minutes or so until the color starts changing to a darker shade and taking on more of a bbq sauce consistency.
  8. As the color starts changing, add in your ketchup and apple cider vinegar.
  9. Cook a few more minutes, stirring frequently.
  10. Finally, add in all of your spices and finish your 10 minute cooking time.
  11. You will want to taste a little to make sure you enjoy the flavor, and adjust as needed.
  12. Cool completely before using, and store in your refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Calories 20
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 80 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Personal Review

This recipe actually turned out better than I expected. It made our same ole turkey sandwiches delicious once again, just with a different twist.

One of our favorite meals is pulled pork or shredded chicken sandwiches bathed in barbeque sauce. We wondered just how amazing this might be with shredded turkey and cranberry barbeque.

Wow! It was amazing. It was a whole different way to eat our Thanksgiving leftovers in a delicious tried-and-true way. This was a hit at our last dinner party for friends. We will be making this again!

In order to cut back a little on the sweetness of the sauce, you can simply add in a little bit of Worcestershire sauce to your mixture. If you don’t have molasses on hand (I know we usually don’t), you can simply substitute an additional couple of tablespoons of brown sugar instead.

I highly suggest adding whole berries to this sauce as it really makes it just that much better.

Whole cranberries can be purchased at the grocery store, but only in the fall around this time of year.

In order to enjoy all of these wonderful Thanksgiving leftover recipes all year long, grab a few bags of cranberries when they are available at the store and keep them in your freezer until you are ready to use them.

This way, you can have not only this delectable sweet cranberry barbeque sauce whenever you’d like, but you can also enjoy Scrumptious Leftover Cranberry Bread, Leftover Stuffing and Cranberry Cookies, and any number of delicious cranberry recipes.

I would love to know how you ended up using this delicious recipe in your meals!

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    • BeverlyHicksBurch profile image

      Beverly Hicks Burch 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Thanks, I will. And you're welcome.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! You'll have to check out my other leftover cranberry sauce recipes as well!

      Thank you for the comment! Enjoy!

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      Beverly Hicks Burch 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Oh, yum! Love cranberries and they are so healthy. I can see this on a turkey panini! I always think of visiting the cranberry bogs in MA when I see whole cranberries.

      Thanks for a great recipe.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks! I hope she likes it. :) Maybe it can be a treat for her when you're away. I always love your comments and seeing you on Facebook.

      We are great here, just looking forward to seeing the rest of the family during the holidays. Everything good for you?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Victoria, I wish I could say I like cranberries but I don't. :) Bev does, however, so I'll pass this along. Thank you and I hope all is well in your world.