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Oh man, I have an amazing Thanksgiving side dish for you: Homemade Cranberry Sauce that you can make in your slow cooker!  It’s sweet, tart, and so easy to make!!

Crockpot Cranberry SauceThis is a very traditional recipe for homemade cranberry sauce.  IT’S DELICIOUS.  The only thing better than its taste is the fact that it’s so easy to make and won’t require putting an extra pan on your stovetop.

The ratio of sweetness to tartness in this recipe is similar to what you’d find in a canned cranberry sauce.  If you like a super tart cranberry sauce, you can add less sugar.

I believe that simple recipes are best.  You might be tempted to alter this recipe with other fruits, juices, or even alcohol, but I think it’s perfect as-is.  If you want to spice it up, I would add some fresh orange zest.  (I’ve tried substituting fresh orange juice for the water, but it is too tart and requires much more sugar.)

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for you.

Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Yields: 3.5 cups


  • Two 12oz bags of fresh cranberries
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 6 hours or until berries start to pop.

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.
  2. Thaw bag in water or overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Dump into slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 6 hours or until berries start to pop.


Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

P.S. This recipe would be a delicious substitution for the canned cranberries in my Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from you. 

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Steve S
7 years ago

Please add advice on adding grated or ground etc. ORANGE peel, which is pretty much a pre-requisite :). Maybe that is what is called orange zest?

Thank yoiu.


7 years ago

When would you add the orange zest? While it’s cooking, or at the end?
Thank you!!

7 years ago

I made this on Thanksgiving. It turned out great. I did cut the recipe in half and used a 2 qt. Crock pot. A whole reicpe would have been too much for us.

7 years ago

Could you sub honey for the sugar and still have it turn out okay?

7 years ago

I used this is as a savoury sauce using about half the sugar it tastes nice and tangy but still sweet enough and it is healthier!

Sher Jaksha
Sher Jaksha
6 years ago

1/2 cup water? Is that a typo? Just seems like too small amount for the amount of cranberries and sugar. I’d like to try it, but would like to verify the water amount. Thank you very much. Your recipes sound so good… might not be able to get them to the freezer!