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Smoked cranberry jalapeno poppers are a great holiday appetizer.

Cranberry Jalapeno Poppers

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Kick up seasonal flavors with Cranberry Jalapeno Poppers filled with tangy cream cheese, savory cheddar, and tart cranberries, all hugged in smoky bacon.

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 5-6 1x


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • ⅓ cup finely diced cranberries
  • ½ cup shredded white cheddar
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
  • 8 jalapeno peppers
  • 16 slices thin cut bacon



  • Don’t add salt to the cream cheese filling. The bacon and cheeses are salty already, and I’ve found it’s overwhelming.
  • Prepping ahead of time actually improves the result, allowing the bacon to hold it’s wrapped shape and giving the flavors a chance to meld.
  • You always want to make sure all of the cream cheese mixture is completely covered in bacon before smoking. The cheese will start to bubble and can potentially leak out, which is very common.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Smoking
  • Cuisine: Side Dish, Appetizer
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