Smoked Brie With Cranberry Sauce

Break out the crackers and enjoy this sweet and spicy cranberry sauce atop of a whole wheel of smoked brie.
smoked brie with cranberry sauce

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The perfect appetizer for the holidays. Smokey and savory brie with a warm, BBQ-inspired cranberry sauce.

Every year, we gather around the table, and there is always some sort of cheese board involved. This smoked brie with cranberry sauce has become a family favorite.

The cheese is rich, smokey, and gooey. It’s topped with a warm, sweet, and spicy cranberry sauce, the perfect addition to any cheese board. 

Smoked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Brie Wheel – an 8oz wheel
  • Olive Oil
  • Cranberries – I prefer fresh, but frozen will work just as well.
  • Jalapeños
  • Orange juice
  • Brown sugar
  • BBQ Sauce – I used our Smoke Kitchen Sweet BBQ sauce.
  • Crackers – grab your favorite crackers, I recommend something sturdy. 
ingredients for smoked brie

Equipment you’ll need

  • Smoker
  • Wood
  • Cast iron pan – or baking sheet
  • Medium size saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sharp knife – you’ll need a sharp knife to help score the brie. I recommend our boning knife to help with those precise cuts.

Can you eat the rind?

The short answer is yes, it’s totally edible. It really just becomes a question of texture and if you like it.

If you don’t want to eat the rind, I recommend cutting and removing ¼” across the top to expose the cheese, the rind on the side will keep the structure intact. 

How to make Smoked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

1. Fire up the smoker

Fire up the smoker to 250°F.

I used my pellet grill for this recipe. It allows you to melt the cheese slowly, imparting a subtle smoke flavor and reduces any burnt spots or taste that you would get if running at a higher temperature. 

I used Apple wood, which is quite mild, but you can try other woods. Cherry wood, Maple wood, or Hickory wood would all be great options. 

2. Prep

The only prep you really need to do for the brie is to score it. This will help smoke penetrate into the cheese and give it that nice aesthetic cross pattern for presentation.

scoring a wheel of brie

To score the cheese, I take a boning knife and score about ⅛-¼ inch deep slice across the top of the wheel in a cross-hatch pattern.

scored wheel of brie

3. Cook

Pop the wheel into a small cast iron pan or a baking sheet and place it on the smoker.

wheel of brie in a cast iron pan in the smoker

It’s going to cook for about 30-35 minutes. To tell when it’s done, stick a butter knife in, and the cheese should be melted but not oozing out. 

wheel of brie melting in smoker

4. Cranberry sauce

While the brie is smoking, I make my cranberry sauce. It takes about the same time to make, and that way, when the brie is done, you’re able to serve it warm with the cranberry sauce. 

Start by adding a splash of olive oil to a medium pot over medium-high heat.

Saute the diced jalapeños for 3-4 minutes until they start to soften.

Add in the orange juice, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and water. Bring everything to a light boil, then add the cranberries.

pot of cranberries on the smoker
pot of cranberries with a wooden spoon

Continue to stir for 10-15 minutes. The cranberries will start to burst, but continue cooking until it reaches your desired thickness. I like mine on the thicker side, so I go the full 15 minutes. 

pot of cranberries nearly cooked on smoker
cranberry sauce in a pot with wooden spoon

Keep the sauce warm on low heat until ready to serve with the brie.

5. Serve

Let the brie sit for 5-10 minutes for the skillet to cool slightly.

I like to plate it in the skillet, topped with some cranberry sauce, and garnished with fresh rosemary.

plated smoked brie

Serve with your favorite crackers, toasted baguettes, and any remaining cranberry sauce on the side.

Looking for some more cheesy appetizers to dip your crackers in?

smoked brie with cranberry sauce

Smoked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

A whole wheel of brie, smoked and served with a sweet and spicy cranberry BBQ sauce.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Brian Gerwig

Ingredients

  • 8 oz wheel of brie
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 jalapeños diced
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 12 oz cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 250°F.
  • Using a sharp knife, score a cross hatch pattern on the the top of the brie.
  • Place it into a cast iron skillet or a baking tray and pop it in the smoker for 30-35 minutes. The cheese is ready when you stick a knife into it and is soft and melty. Remove it from the heat.
  • Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with cranberry sauce on top and your favorite crackers.

Cranberry sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium-size saucepan. Add the diced jalapeños and saute, over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes until it starts to soften.
  • Add in orange juice, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and water. Bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the cranberries. Turn the heat down to medium, and cook for 10-15 minutes until the cranberries start to burst and the sauce has reached your desired consistency.

Notes

You want to use a sweet BBQ sauce, such as our Homemade BBQ sauce or Smoke Kitchen Sweet BBQ sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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