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Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

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This is a game changer.

It’s the "best cranberry sauce ever" for cranberry sauce people, also for I-don’t-like-that-stuff people, and even for "don’t judge, but I like the phallic looking, ridged, gelatinous, canned version, don’t hate" people.

It’s smokey, spicy, and has a slight hint of beer. A  recipe that requires you to open a beer, then "figure out" what you should do with the remaining 1/2 cup.

It’s also a make ahead, one step, one pot, fifteen minute dish that makes holiday prep easy.

We can do this. We can make it through the holidays. Although we may need much more than 1/2 cup beer to helps us get that job done.

Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

Servings 6 -8 servings


  • 12 wt oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup white ale*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 medium sized chipotle chili in adobo minced
  • 1 tbs adobo sauce
  • pinch salt


  • Add all ingredients to a pot, bring to a low boil.
  • Boil, stirring frequently, until thickened, about fifteen minutes.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Can be made three days in advance.


*Use a white ale, Belgian ale, Hefeweizen, or craft cider

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence October 28, 2015 um 9:56 am

I usually make my cranberry sauce with wine, but I love the idea of making it with beer. And chipotles!! Sounds SO good.


Happy Valley Chow October 28, 2015 um 6:16 pm

What a terrific idea to put a little chipotle in the cranberry sauce…love it!


Julia November 4, 2015 um 7:03 pm

This is a great take on the classic turkey day cranberry sauce . And the fact that it can be made three days in advanced….. that’s a keeper in my book (anything made during the kiddos nap time days ahead is a thumbs up). Yum.


Maureen Buchanan December 12, 2015 um 12:54 pm

Would this recipe work without the chipotle?


Jackie December 13, 2015 um 9:44 am

Yes it will. If you still want the smokiness without the heat try 1/4 tsp smoked paprika. If you don’t want any heat, try adding zest from an orange or tangerine.


Therese Oliveri November 25, 2016 um 9:17 am

I made your cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and it was the hit of the meal! Everyone wanted a little to take home and the recipe. I used Ommegang Hennepin Saison Ale.


Jackie November 25, 2016 um 9:51 am

I love that so much! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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