Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze on Smoked Turkey

Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze on Smoked Turkey

My husband John loves to smoke and grill meat.  He got a smoker from his dad who is a garage sale pro and probably got it for next to nothing.  Here he is getting the fire going in our backyard fire pit.  He brined the turkey and then put a rub on it before smoking it for a few hours in the smoker.

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Instead of traditional cranberry sauce, I thought I would do a spicy citrus glaze to drizzle on top.  I love being back in Florida and getting to use my dad’s oranges from his tree.  The jalepeno also came from his garden.  Thanks, Dad!

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This sauce can be made ahead, even the day before, and reheated when ready to serve.

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It was a bit messy and splattered on my shirt and wall when blending, but it was worth it!


Smoked Turkey with Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10-12

Smoked Turkey with Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze


  • 1 lb fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small orange, zested
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 small jalepeno pepper, finely diced (more if you want it spicier)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or to taste)


  1. Place cranberries and water in pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down and simmer about 5-10 minutes until berries are soft.
  3. Stir in orange juice and brown sugar.
  4. Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth or let cool and blend in a blender or food processor.
  5. Stir in jalepenos.
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This sauce makes quite a bit and was good on the brussel sprouts we had as well.  It could really spice up a vegetarian loaf if you’re a non-meat eater.  This would be great drizzled on anything including  leftover turkey sandwiches.


Spice up your Thanksgiving turkey!



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