This is my mother's recipe. Each year, she would make this for an auction. Her sauce usually sold for $12.00 an 8-ounce jar! Tastes best when it has had time to sit, for example, 2 weeks. The longer it sits, the stronger the flavours.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Stir the cranberries, white sugar, and bourbon together in a baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

295.4 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 70.1g 23% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 0.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2011
This has always been one of my favorites. Sometimes I cut the sugar to 3 cups for a slightly tarter flavor. Also works with brandy if you're out of bourbon. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2012
Good flavor but too runny for me. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2011
This has always been one of my favorites. Sometimes I cut the sugar to 3 cups for a slightly tarter flavor. Also works with brandy if you're out of bourbon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2011
Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2013
Bourbon & cranberry converted my mother. My mother swears by and only eats canned cranberry. I used a variation of this recipe and now she makes my version every year. Actually the whole family has stolen it... I used 1 package of fresh cranberry 1-1/4C of sugar and 1/4C (or more) of bourbon. Since it is usually Thanksgiving I sprinkle some nutmeg and cinnamon in too. Super easy to make the house smells great and even the kids loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2012
Love this recipe. It is SO easy and delish! Like the author suggests it definitely tastes better if it "ages" for a week or two but don't expect to have much left at that point. I used 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup dark brown (adds a little richness to the color). It is great on toast turkey sandwiches etc. Warning - your whole house will smell like bourbon while this cooks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
I used half the sugar some brown sugar (combine less than 2 c and washed pecans. Very popular! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2015
It's almost Thanksgiving and I am so tired of the canned cranberry sauces so I thought I'd give it a try a few days ahead of time. I used only one cup of white sugar maybe a third of a cup brown sugar a quarter cup bourbon plus a splash more. I cooked it in the oven in a cast iron pot. Stirred every 15 minutes and at about an hour took it out to check. I love it! It's a definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/02/2012
Good flavor but too runny for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2012
It was way too sweet for us (family). But I loved the flavor and the ease! So I am going to try it with less white sugar and some of suggestions from the other reviews. Will let you know the changes I make and the results. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/27/2019
I used JB Tennessee Honey for the bourbon and kept everything the same. The flavor is fantastic but there is a LOT of liquid. I left it in the oven for an extra 10-15 minutes since the directions say 'until thickened' - but it really did not thicken until it had chilled. Like I said the flavor is great but there's too much liquid and it is now like a very thick sticky syrup. It's far too sweet to use as a dinner accompaniment but I think it would be amazing as a dessert topping! Read More
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