Cranberry BBQ ‘Sau-Sal’ - Carolina Country

Spicy BBQ Cranberry Sauce Throw your guests a twist at Thanksgiving

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Spicy BBQ Cranberry Sauce

Ready for a classic holiday side with a surprise kick? Serve your roasted poultry or pork with this snazzy "Sau-Sal" — a little sauce with a hint of salsa. Make this one ahead in about 15 minutes.


  • 1 12–16 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup thick BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup thick salsa
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir together all ingredients except cilantro and jalapeño. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until berries have popped and sauce has thickened. Stir as needed to prevent sticking.

  2. Pour into serving bowl and chill. At serving time, garnish with cilantro and jalapeño. 

  3. Serve alongside roasted turkey, chicken or pork. This is also great on “day-after” Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches and wraps.

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist specializing in N.C.-made food products and small N.C. farms

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