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Smoked Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 5 tablespoons Merlot
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen and thawed cranberries


  • If you are using fresh cranberries, give them a wash and pick them over to discard rotting ones
  • Finely grate the zest from the orange and squeeze the juice. 
  • Add all liquids into a non reactive sauce pan, stir in the cranberries, apple and orange zest. 
  • Cook, uncovered, until the fruit is soft and the juice has thickened slightly.  
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients
  • Continue stirring reduce by a 3rd.
  • Place on smoker when film or skin appears on top stir into the sauce, reduce until its a thick consistency.