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Smoked cream cheese surrounded by chips and crackers.
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5 from 2 votes

Smoked Cream Cheese with Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

This smoked cream cheese is seasoned with a flavorful BBQ rub and given a hit of smoke for a tasty appetizer that you've just gotta try.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: Smoked Cream Cheese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

  • 1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 5 green onions
  • 2 whole jalapenos seeded and diced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 180 degrees F.
  • Prep the cream cheese. Cut 1/2 inch deep scores into the top of the cold cream cheese brick with a paring knife. Place the cream cheese on a baking sheet or grill mat and season with the Rib Rub or your favorite BBQ seasoning.
  • Smoke. Place the cream cheese on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for 1 hour.
  • Make the salsa. While the cream cheese smokes, prepare the cranberry jalapeno salsa. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until the salsa reaches a finely diced consistency. Stop blending before it becomes a paste. Transfer to a lidded glass container and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Serve. Remove the smoked cream cheese from the smoker to your serving platter. Top with spoonfuls of cranberry jalapeno salsa and serve with tortilla chips or crackers.



Rib Rub
Sweet Rub


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg