AmazingRibs.com is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

Classic Cumberland Sauce Pairs Perfectly with Game Meats, Lamb, and Beef

Share on:
smoked meatloaf with cumberland sauce

The secret ingredient? Red currant jam

Cumberland sauce makes the ideal accompaniment to game meats and works equally well with lamb and beef, particularly this Smoked Meatloaf with Cream Cheese Stuffing. The sauce is a sweet, spicy, and sharp combination of red currant jelly, port wine, citrus, mustard, and a bit of cayenne pepper for zip. 

Our Pitmaster Club members post recipes in The Pitmaster Club forum, and occasionally we ask for permission to share the best recipes with the public. Here is an outstanding recipe from member Henrik

Henrik Oscarsson

Classic Cumberland Sauce Recipe


smoked meatloaf with cumberland sauce
Tried this recipe?Tell others what you thought of it and give it a star rating below.
2.27 from 15 votes
Although Cumberland sauce was allegedly invented by the end of the 19th century in Hannover, Germany, it is widely recognized as a truly British condiment. This recipe got its name from the Duke of Cumberland and George IV. The classic sauce makes the ideal accompaniment to game meats and works equally well with lamb and beef. 

Course:
Main Course
,
Sauces and Condiments
,
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American
,
British
,
German

Makes:

Servings: 1.5 cups

Takes:

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red currant jelly 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots 
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest 
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard 
  • ½ cup port wine 
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon Morton Coarse Kosher Salt
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
Notes:
About the red currant jelly. If you can't find it, you can substitute grape, blueberry, or cherry, and perhaps 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to up the acidity.
About the salt. Remember, Morton coarse kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works.
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Cook. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the currant jelly. Add the shallots, orange and lemon zest and grated ginger to the jelly.
  • Whisk the mustard into the wine and add to the pan. Add the orange and lemon juices and simmer the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Season and keep warm. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Keep the sauce warm until ready to use.

Related articles

Published On: 5/29/2019 Last Modified: 4/15/2021

Share on:
  • Henrik Oscarsson - Henrik Oscarsson, Moderator

    Henrik born and raised on a farm in the southern part of Sweden and he lives in Stockholm, the capital. He has a house in the country side also, where the smoker resides. It is just a one hour drive [...]


 

High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

Moderators

  Max

Click for comments...

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal

 

Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

Click here to order.


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

3 burner gas grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

Green Mountain’s portable Trek Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Trek from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts