Thanksgiving is approaching, and I’m busy plotting the menu, making recipe tweaks and swaps to ensure that this year’s feast surpasses the last year. As I worked through this, I noticed that my cranberry sauce was one of the recipes that had remained unchanged over the years. This made me think about trying and sharing this Cranberry BBQ Sauce!

Although, on the Thanksgiving table, I’ve always been a huge lover of cranberry sauce. I enjoy the zing and tang it adds to the meal and how it balances off the other warm flavors. However, I understand that not everyone likes cranberry sauce. So here it is, Cranberry BBQ Sauce!

Try this sauce with:

Tofu Turkey

Vegan Meatloaf

Lentil Meatballs

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Pan-Fried Tofu

Cranberry BBQ Sauce

It’s sweet, tangy, and flavorful and goes perfectly with a variety of savory dishes. Serve as a glaze for roasted vegetables or air-fried tofu, or drizzled over lentil meatballs. It’s INCREDIBLE with leftover tofu turkey from Thanksgiving and spread on a leftover sandwich! You’ll be surprised at the versatility of this sauce!

You’ll also be happy to know that this recipe requires only five ingredients, and it’ll come together in less than 5 minutes. See how easy it is!

You can use your cranberry sauce to make this barbecue sauce. The remaining ingredients are likely to have in your pantry, making this sauce an easy and quick fix when you need a boost for your Thanksgiving leftovers. If you like a spicy sauce, don’t be hesitant to add some chili powder, but I have chose to keep this barbecue sauce kid-friendly.

As always, I request you read the complete article for useful information and tips. However, you can find the detailed recipe with exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions below.

Benefits of cranberries:

Apart from its delicious taste, this cranberry bbq sauce is extremely healthy. The base ingredient of this sauce is cranberry which contains numerous essential nutrients, including fiber, copper, manganese, vitamins C, E, and K1.

Cranberries provide several health benefits, including the following:

Helps to prevent UTI’s:

Cranberries contain a high concentration of bioactive plant substances and antioxidants, particularly flavonol polyphenols. These polyphenols are considered beneficial in treating urinary tract infections (UTIs), one of the most prevalent bacterial infections — particularly among women.

Improve heart health:

Cranberries are high in antioxidants, which may be helpful for cardiovascular health. These include proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, and quercetin.

Help prevent stomach cancer and ulcers:

Helicobacter pylori infection is a leading reason for stomach cancer, inflammation, and ulcers in the stomach. Cranberries contain unique plant components called A-type proanthocyanidins, which may help lower your risk of stomach cancer by inhibiting Helicobacter pylori from sticking to the stomach lining.

Preventing kidney stones:

According to a study published by the American Family Physician, cranberry can increase the acidity of the urine, which may assist in preventing the formation of stones.

Possibly slowing cancer progression:

According to a study in antioxidants, cranberries may have a beneficial effect on 17 different types of cancer. This may be owing to their ability to slow the growth of cancerous cells and remove them from the body.

Improve oral health:

Cranberries’ polyphenolic compounds (PACs) may potentially benefit oral health. According to studies, they accomplish this by inhibiting bacteria from adhering to the teeth’ surface.

Additionally, cranberries may help prevent gum disease.

How to make Cranberry BBQ Sauce?

This Cranberry BBQ Sauce is quite easy and simple to prepare. You will require only a few simple pantry ingredients and a few simple steps to follow…. And it is ready!



  1. Place cranberry sauce, barbecue sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt in a saucepan, Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Stir frequently and keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning.
  3. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool thoroughly before using.
  4. Enjoy!

Storing suggestions

This cranberry barbecue sauce can be kept refrigerated for up to one week in an airtight container. If you want to keep it for a longer time, place it in a freezer-friendly container/bag and store it in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Just make sure the sauce is completely cool before storing.

Recipe Notes and Tips:

Now, hold on for a few moments. Take a look at these useful tips I’ve compiled for you before you get started making this sauce. They’ll help you make the best-tasting BBQ sauce achievable.

  • If your cranberry sauce contains whole cranberries and you want a smooth barbecue sauce, blend it once it has completed simmering. Use an immersion blender right in the pot, or transfer the sauce into a food processor or blender (it is better to wait until the sauce has cooled), process until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • If you’ve not already prepared homemade cranberry sauce, you may be a little perplexed. But don’t worry, you use fresh cranberries. The cooking time may increase, but you’ll get the same sauce.
  • All of the sauce’s liquid ingredients have already been reduced. Simmering the sauce for too long can result in its becoming thick. If it happens, thin out your sauce with a few tablespoons of water.
  • I suggest preparing the sauce in advance. This sauce tastes even better the next day after everything has melded well together.

And…Break! You’re now ready to scroll down and save the recipe for cranberry barbecue sauce. It’ll surely become a new thanksgiving classic, so print it or save it for the future. Happy Thanksgiving!

More Thanksgiving recipes:

  1. Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
  2. My Best Cranberry Recipes
  3. Best Vegan Mac And Cheese Recipes
  4. Best Roasted Vegetables
  5. Pumpkin Recipes

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Cranberry BBQ Sauce

Cranberry BBQ Sauce

If you like traditional cranberry sauce, or even if you don't, you're going to fall in love with this. This sweet and tangy Cranberry BBQ Sauce pairs well with a Thanksgiving tofu turkey, vegan meatloaf, or lentil meatballs. It's also perfect for all your Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwiches!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 118kcal


  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Place cranberry sauce, barbecue sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt in a saucepan, Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Stir frequently and keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool thoroughly before using.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg