This Grilled Cranberry Jam is sure to please your family and friends with the sweetness of clementines mixed with the tartness of the cranberries all in one bite. Get ready to make more than one batch as everyone is going to line up for this one.
This is a great recipe for everyone that wants to make jam without the traditional canning process. It gives you an excuse to start the grill in the autumn as well! Cranberries have a natural pectin, which keep them firm when ripe. When they are cooked, that pectin is released into the jam. The sugar also helps the jam set up and preserves the cranberries.
🍴 Why This Recipe Works
Quick and Easy – This is a really fast recipe to make. You will love the fact that this is a recipe to make out on the grill. Once it starts to simmer, it becomes pretty hands off and you can do a few other things besides standing by the grill.
Minimal Ingredients – Just a couple of ingredients for this easy jam to make.
Great for Gifts – You can make these into holiday gifts for neighbors and fellow grillers. You can rest assured no one else
These simple and easy-to-find ingredients will make this recipe a snap to put out on the grill this weekend.
Cranberries – Use fresh cranberries to make this refrigerator/freezer jam. The tart berries complement the sweetness of the clementines. These are both out in the grocery stores from October to December/January time frame. Stock up so you can make a batch or two for gifts.
Clementines – These are the small, easy to peel citrus fruits that are available from November – February in your produce department. They will usually come in a small wooden crate or a mesh bag. We like to use these as they are so sweet and make a great match for the tart cranberries.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
This is super easy to make. Even grilling beginners will be able to whip this up in time for the holidays and enjoy all winter long.
Step One: Chop the clementines into ½ inch pieces.
Step Two: Place all the ingredients into a small cast iron dutch oven over a medium high grill and bring to a boil. Set up the grill for direct heat. That heat is necessary for the cranberries to pop and release the juices and pectin.
Step Three: Reduce the heat and stir frequently for up to one hour or when the cranberry mixture has broken down.
Step Four: Remove the skillet from the grill and allow it to cool down completely.
Step Five: Add the jam to a high speed blender and purée it. Depending on how lumpy or smooth you want your jam, you can pulse it or simply set it to go until you get the consistency you like.
Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks or freeze it for up to six months.
📌 Expert Tips
Stir well at the beginning of the grill. The sugar will quickly liquify with the juices from the fruits. Monitor the grill closely. You don’t want this mixture to burn.
If you don’t purée, it will be the consistency of cranberry relish, which is fine if you like a chunky jam.
Yes! These work just fine.
Use Ball’s little jars that have a snowflake on the outside. That signifies that they are good for the freezer. You can also use a good rubbermaid container. There are also plastic jars put out by Ball that are specifically for freezer jam.
Grilled Cranberry Jam
- 1 lb Cranberries fresh
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 Clementines peeled and chopped
Prepare and Grill
- Set up the grill to direct heat and bring the temperature to 325-350 degrees.
- Place all the ingredients into a small cast iron dutch oven and bring it to a boil. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid burning.
- Once it has come to a boil, reduce the temperature to a simmer and cover. Stir frequently for up to one hour or when the cranberry mixture has become creamy and broken down.
- Remove it from the grill and allow it to completely cool.
Blend the Jam
- After the jam has completely cooled, transfer it to a blender and purée. Pour the jam into jars and keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.