Smoked Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

fresh cranberry sauce on blue background with autumn decor

A refreshing twist on a Thanksgiving and Christmas favourite. Make smoked fresh cranberry sauce this year on your Traeger or pellet smoker.

Sweetened with blood orange, dark cherry juice, and pure maple syrup.

  • Author: The Peasant's Daughter
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Smoking
  • Cuisine: North America


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of amber or dark maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened black cherry juiceĀ  (or blood orange juice, or apple cider)
  • Juice & zest of 1 blood orange
  • 1 cinammon stick
  • Pinch of salt


In a medium saucepan, add the fresh cranberries, juice, zest, maple syrup, cinammon stick, and pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering away, set your Traeger Grill to the Smoke setting and leave with the lid open for 5 minutes while the fire starts.

Set your pan of cranberries directly onto the grill grates, close the lid, and allow to smoke for 20 minutes.

Check the cranberry sauce, if it is not to your desired level of smokiness, go for 10-15 minutes more before removing.

Allow to come to room temperature and then store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Before serving, allow to come to room temperature (30 minutes)

Keywords: Thanksgiving, Christmas, fresh cranberry sauce, smoked cranberry sauce, Holiday recipes, Traeger Grill