Cranberry mixture on the left and BBQ base on the rightSherrie's Cranberry BBQ SauceSherrie's Cranberry BBQ Sauce

From Sherrie: I call this a Cranberry Barbeque Sauce. It’s tangy, smokey, tart and sweet. I have always loved Cranberry Chicken, and this takes it over the top!
You can enjoy this over baked chicken, turkey or ham. Use it as a dipping sauce too. Once you taste this flavor explosion, you will find a lot of uses for it.
If you like sweet and sour sauce, you have got to give this a try. It’s like winter and summer joining together in a jar.

Sherrie's Cranberry BBQ Sauce

Thanks Sherrie for this really fantastic recipe and the great looking pictures to go with it! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 d 2 hrs
Total Time 1 d 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 70


  • 4 cups sugar (reserve 1/4 cup, set aside)
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (for sauteing onions)
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 2 cups home canned tomato sauce, OR 1 qt drained whole tomatoes, pureed. 
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup clear jel (optional)



  • Prepare 7 pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till it’s time for processing.


  • In a large stainless steel pot combine sugar and water. (if you are not using clear jel, use all 4 cups of sugar) Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  • Boil hard for 5 minutes and add cranberries. return to boil. Lower the heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally until the cranberries pop and liquid begins to slide off a metal spoon. This will take about 15 minutes.
  • In a seperate pot, sautee the onions using 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Add tomato sauce or puree, brown sugar, orange juice, mustard powder, kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Simmer 3-5 minutes.
  • If using the clear jel, mix 1/4 cup, with the reserved 1/4 cup of sugar that was set aside. 
  • Add the onion and tomato mixture to the pot of cranberries. Bring to a boil, add the clear jel and sugar mixture, stir until thickened, about 1 minute.

Filling the jars:

  • On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar using a ladle then fill the jars leaving 1/4" headspace.  Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace with the mixture if necessary.
  • Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal.
  • Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight". 


  • Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
  • Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 20 minutes.
  • When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes.
  • Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.
Keyword Cranberry BBQ Sauce