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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Sweet, tarty sauce in a slow cooker

Courtesy of McCormick

This holiday staple recipe is a must-have during your holiday dinner. Perfect to eat on the side of your turkey and other dishes during Thanksgiving.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 Cups sugar
  • 1 seedless orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 McCormick® Bay Leaves
  • 1 McCormick® Cinnamon Sticks

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Basic slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe with fresh cranberries & oranges – no sugar! Use cinnamon, homemade vanilla extract and/or bourbon to make it unique. This is hands down the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. Better than Ocean Spray, better than Alton Brown, you’ll never go back to canned cranberry sauce again!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was always my favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table. I’d give myself a massive serving, bigger than my second favorite side dish, candied yams.

As an adult, I volunteer to make cranberry sauce for all Thanksgivings and Friendsgivings dinners we attend.

Partly because I can make a lot and know that I won’t leave anyone hanging if I dole myself an extra serving or two.

But really, my slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is SO EASY and hands-off, it requires practically zero work on my behalf!

Not that I’m trying to get out of doing work… but if there’s a way to hit the easy button and get something done without sacrificing quality (or dare I say, MAKE IT BETTER), then I’m all about it.

Is cranberry sauce healthy?

Going back a few decades, cranberry sauce always came from a can. I ate it myself growing up and didn’t even know there was an alternative until I was in my early 30’s!

I know there are still some die-hard canned cranberry sauce fans out there.

Some of you like jellied with cranberries.

I hear you, and I respect you and your traditions.

But since I’ve learned the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup , the canned stuff is officially banned from our house. And no, I don’t make exceptions on holidays.

I’m hoping that once you see how EASY and HANDS OFF this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is, you’ll never go back to the can either!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot

I know I’ve been sharing lately how much I love m y Instant Pot (be sure to read this post before you buy !), but I’m going “old school” for this recipe by using my slow cooker .

Now, I’m sure you CAN use your Instant Pot for my easy recipe below, I haven’t done it myself. To be honest, the idea of experimenting on a Thanksgiving staple scares me to death. So I’m sticking with what I know.

For my experimental readers though, feel free to test this “slow cooker to Instant Pot conversion” and let me know how it goes, mkay?

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Set the “slow cook” function on the Instant Pot.
  3. Adjust the pressure to “normal.”
  4. Set the timer for 4 hours.

Stove-top Cranberry Sauce

My stove-top is usually busy with other dishes at Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot, here’s how you can make homemade cranberry sauce on the stove.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the recipe.
  2. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thick and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool before serving.