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Smoked Cranberry Sauce

Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to have this delicious smoked cranberry sauce recipe! Skip the store bought cranberries and try something new, and impress your guests, with this smoked sauce. It’s an easy recipe, and the smoke flavor will add a whole new dimension of flavor to your Thanksgiving meal.


  • 12 oz. bag cranberries
  • 2 chunks ginger (quarter sized)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp. honey whiskey
  • Approx. 5.5 oz. fruit juice (pear or other)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • Zest from 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 apple (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


Preheat your Grilla to 375 degrees. We suggest using apple pellets for this fruit flavored cook. Pour cranberries into pan and add ginger, apple juice/cider, honey whiskey, fruit juice, ground cloves, cinnamon, orange zest, orange, maple syrup, diced apple, sugar, and brown sugar. Place it in the Grilla for about a hour. When it is finished cooking, remove ginger pieces and, if you want, squeeze out the orange into the sauce.

Grilled Cranberry Sauce Leaves Canned Cranberry Jelly in the Dust

Perhaps you always go to holiday parties with a festive lump of canned cranberry jelly on the table. Though it works in a pinch, it’s not exactly the height of appetizing.

This year, make sure no one ever buys the jellied stuff again by offering up your smoked cranberry sauce. Smothered in cranberry goodness and dotted with all sorts of sweet and savory tastes, this tart concoction will make even cranberry loathers turn into cranberry fans.

What to Pair With Your Grilled Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Holidays are perfect times to make smoked cranberry sauce on your Grilla or Silverbac grill. The turkey is right there, and your hungry guests are ready to gobble the gobbler with a little cranberry magic on the side.

You do not need to wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to enjoy some grilled cranberry sauce, however. In fact, this sauce goes great with a variety of foods. For instance, have you ever tried a sandwich made from shredded chicken breast salad that has been topped with chilled grilled cranberry sauce? Totally delicious, especially for tailgate parties and picnics.

Warm, smoked cranberry sauce can also top all sorts of vegetables, including grilled zucchini slices and asparagus. Just a bit of grilled cranberry sauce infused with smoky flavor helps balance the earthy heartiness of root veggies.

Our unique cranberry sauce also makes a nice topping for vanilla ice cream. Bonus points to you if you churn your own dessert.

How to Make Honey Whiskey

You may notice that this cranberry sauce recipe for the grill mentions honey whiskey. If you don’t have any sitting around, you can easily make your own.

Just bring 1/4 cup water to a boil on the stove. Remove it from the heat and stir in about a 1/4 cup of regular, pure honey. After the honey dissolves and the mixture has cooled to almost room temperature, add in about 3/4 cup whiskey. Store the mixture in a jar in the fridge if you like. You may find it useful for other recipes or as a sweetener for an adult’s late-night cup of tea.

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