Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

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This fruity slow cooker cranberry sauce is so good! Pull out your Crockpot and try it for an easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

This fruity slow cooker cranberry sauce is so good! Pull out your Crockpot and try it for an easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

It’s cranberry season here in Massachusetts, and homemade cranberry sauce is a popular dish on our holiday dinner table.

If you’re hosting a crowd for Thanksgiving, you’ll appreciate keeping the stove top free by making this slow cooker cranberry sauce. It’s an easy recipe with just four ingredients.

Use your Crockpot to make cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving!

The flavors of cranberry and orange go so well together, and the apple helps to thicken the sauce because it naturally contains pectin. I use maple syrup to sweeten this sauce. Honey would work well, too.

Some people in my extended family prefer canned cranberry sauce, but several of us love this chunky homemade version. The leftovers are the best part!

Try my Instant Pot cranberry sauce for another way to save room on your stove at Thanksgiving.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

This fruity slow cooker cranberry sauce is so convenient for Thanksgiving!
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5 from 2 votes
slow cooker cranberry sauce in a bowl
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 5 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 medium apple (1/2 lb)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup


  • Rinse the cranberries and place them in the slow cooker.
  • Squeeze the juice out of one orange and add the juice to the slow cooker. (This is about 1/4 cup of juice.)
  • Remove the peel from the second orange and chop the fruit into bite-sized pieces. Add the orange pieces to the slow cooker.
  • Peel the apple and remove the core. Chop the apple into bite-sized pieces and add them to the slow cooker.
  • Add the maple syrup to the fruit and stir.
  • Turn on the slow cooker to “Low” and cook until the fruit is very tender. For me, this takes about 2 hours, but your slow cooker might take more or less time. Keep an eye on it.
  • Mash the fruit so there are no large chunks remaining. I use a potato masher, but you could also use a large spoon or fork (just don’t scratch the slow cooker).
  • Turn the heat to high, and cook uncovered for an additional 15 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Serve the slow cooker cranberry sauce warm, or let the sauce cool and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Servings: 10
Calories: 103kcal
Cost: $.73 per serving

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $7.26 to make and it yields 2½ cups, for a cost of $.73 per ¼ cup serving.  Homemade cranberry sauce is a classic side dish for Thanksgiving, and this version is so easy to prepare.

Do you prefer cranberry sauce out of a can, or do you like the homemade version better?


  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe SO many times, it’s about time I left a review! This is so delicious and so simple. My family and friends ask me to bring it every year to Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. The leftovers are awesome, I’ve even spread it on a biscuit as it’s a jam consistency 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a good idea. Especially if you have a tiny little slow cooker. You just set it and forget it, and then amazing cranberry sauce for your holiday dinner!

  3. Could you use something other than maple syrup? We have a peanut allergy and sometimes maple syrup is made with peanut oil.

  4. Your delicious looking cranberry sauce recipe has me wondering if I could get away with making the entire Thanksgiving dinner in slow cookers! Now that would be awesome!

  5. What a great idea for Thanksgiving prep…to use the slow cooker and not take up an extra burner on the stove! Smart to use apple as pectin.

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