The best Cranberry Relish v2.0 – The Adult Version

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer
  • Yield: 3-4 cups

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The best Cranberry Relish v2.0 - The Adult Version: Cranberry Relish with Bacon Bourbon and Red Pepper
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  • 11 1/4 cups granulated sugar (really depends on how sweet you like your relish)
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice (or can use orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 12 teaspoon red pepper flakes (the more you add, the hotter the heat)
  • 1/23/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 strips cooked, crispy bacon minced
  • 16 ounce bag fresh cranberries


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, add sugar, juice, bourbon, red pepper flakes, cinnamon and grated ginger.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until sugar dissolves, syrup is clear and comes to a rolling boil, about 3 minutes.
  3. In a colander, rinse and pick over the cranberries to remove any mushy ones.
  4. Add cranberries to boiling syrup and continue cooking, uncovered, just until they begin to pop, about 2-5 minutes (set the timer). Be careful not to cook them too long or they will get mushy.
  5. Skim the foam off the surface with a metal spoon and discard.
  6. Remove from heat, stir in minced bacon and cool to room temperature, uncovered.
  7. Once cooled, store in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for later.
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