Mom’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The best Homemade Cranberry Sauce, made with whole cranberries, sugar, pineapple chunks, chopped apple and flavored with orange juice.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I am pretty open minded to different Thanksgiving dishes, I know everyone has different traditions and recipes that make their Thanksgiving dinner special. But, one thing I won’t compromise on is my cranberry sauce! I am a total brat about it and refuse to eat that cringe-worthy crap out of a can. I know some people love it, can’t live without it, but I can hardly stand the sight of it.

My love for homemade cranberry sauce goes back as far as I can remember. My mom has been making it for decades. My parents actually gave it away as a favor at their wedding over 40 Novembers ago!

These days, we normally spend Thanksgiving with Walter’s family, but no matter where I’m celebrating I always bring along a jar of Mom’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

What makes mom’s homemade cranberry sauce different?


3 secret ingredients – Fresh Pineapple, Granny Smith Apples and Orange Juice.

The cranberries are still the star, all 3 secret ingredients go almost undetected. But behind the scenes they add a lot of additional texture making the cranberry sauce thick and hearty. They also contribute their unique flavors which all add up to one delicious cranberry sauce!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Planning Tips


This recipe can and should be made in advance and served cold. It will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

If you are going to be a guest for Thanksgiving at a family or friend’s house, a jar of Mom’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce makes for the perfect hostess gift. Put it in a glass jar and tie a pretty bow around it!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce



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Mom’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Sprinkles and Sea Salt
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


The best Homemade Cranberry Sauce, made with whole cranberries, sugar, pineapple chunks, chopped apple and flavored with orange juice.



12oz bag fresh cranberries

1 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

1 cup water

1 cup granny smith apples, skin removed and chopped

1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks, core removed


Add all ingredients to a large pot

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until cranberries start to pop

Reduce heat to low, simmer 20-25 minutes until sauce thickens

Remove from heat, use a potato masher to mash the sauce to desired consistency

Store in jars or airtight container in the refrigerator

  • Method: stove top

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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