Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cranberry BBQ Sauce DIY Holiday Project - Make your own Condiments

Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, be Thankful for Thanksgiving and God Bless us Everyone!

I am pretty sure that if anyone does make this sauce it will be used on one of those days.  Too bad since it really is a good sauce.  Perfect mix of HEAT (I added a Cajun Spice mix) and Sweet... Cranberry sauce, fruit juice and brown sugar).  It thickens beautifully and the dark color makes a perfect mahogany glaze color for the star of the holiday table...The TURKEY!

I am a huge fan of making my own condiments... If you check my 52 Grilling Time Secret Extras page, this will be my 5th recipe for a BBQ sauce that I made this year.  There just seems to be no end to the possibilities.  There is such a joy in my heart when I get questions about the sauce.  Obviously home made when served up in a Mason Jar.

And that deep rich color on the bird sure does add to the presentation.

Making your own sauce is very easy.  Just mix, heat, simmer to thicken and blend (wand blender or in a stand blender (it does more than make Margaritas).  You can make a batch up a week or more in advance, saving the hard stuff for day of.

Bragging rights, beautiful presentation, easy to make and of course most important of all... Seasonally delicious flavor!

Happy Holidays and ENJOY!

OK... Here's what I did...

Holiday Cranberry
BBQ Sauce

  • 1 Large Red Onion, Minced
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 (14 OZ) Can WHOLE Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Cup Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Dry Mustard
  • 2 TBS Cajun Spice Mix
  • 2 TBS Dark Brown Sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium size Sauce Pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes, until the onions become translucent and soft.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the sauce pan. Stir to mix.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the sauce thickens to BBQ Sauce texture.
  4. Use a wand blender (or transfer everything to a stand blender) and blend until smooth.
  5. Use to brush a glaze on the turkey (about 15 minutes before you remove from the oven). Serve as a condiment on the table and HAPPY HOLIDAYS and ENJOY!

So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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