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Special thanks to Sean V. and his wife for this amazing dessert recipe!


Smoked Cherry Compote

  • 5 oz pitted cherries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Cheesecake Crust

  • 1 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


Smoked Cherry Compote for Cheesecake
Combine cherries, lemon juice and water and place in small aluminum pan. Smoke @240 with Grilla Competition blend for 40 minutes.

Remove from smoker and let cool

Once cool place in small pot and bring smoked cherry mixture to a simmer

Add cornstarch. Let cool for 10-15 minutes

Cheesecake Crust
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients

Place graham crumb mixture into bottom of spring form pan

Cheesecake Filling
Set Smoker to 300

Place all ingredients into medium bowl and combine with hand-held blender. Blend until fully smooth.

Place cheesecake mixture into 5 inch pan with graham crust

Smoke at 300 for approx 1 1/2 hours

Cheesecake should be slightly jiggly in the middle but not wet.

Remove from heat and let cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes

Once cool, add cherry compote


Own the Holiday Meal With a Smoked Cherry Cheesecake

We all know that the holidays boil down to fellowship, fun and food. With our smoked desserts recipes, you can definitely own the food part of any big celebration.

The next time your name comes up as the go-to pitmaster for holiday cooking, surprise everyone by offering to make sugary treats, not just the turkey, ham or roast. This smoked cherry cheesecake is nothing short of spectacular in looks and taste and will earn you a reputation for being a pitmaster extraordinaire. Hint: This is also a fantastic Valentine’s Day recipe!

Hints for Making a Smoked Cheesecake for the First Time

Intrigued by the thought of whipping up a smoked cherry cheesecake on your wood pellet smoker grill? Jump right into the fray, but be sure to keep a few secrets in mind before you fire up your Grilla or Silverbac.

First of all, clean that sucker so it shines before smoking your cherries and the cake. Otherwise, your food may take on the flavors of past meaty smokes.

You should also opt for whole-fat versions of all the ingredients. You can definitely swap those ingredients with lower-fat versions later, but the initial time you work with this smoked dessert recipe, go all-in. That way, you have a general basis for how everything should taste.

Finally, consider making at least two of these smoked cherry cheesecakes. Trust us on this. You’ll be glad to have an extra one on hand at bigger gatherings. Slices of smoked cherry cheesecake disappear quickly, and everyone loves it when you bring out a second cheesecake to fill the void.

Elevate Your Smoked Cherry Compote

The star of your smoked cherry cheesecake will undoubtedly be the cherry compote infused with smokiness from your grill. To give it a bit of punch, we suggest replacing part or all of the water with sweet red wine or brandy. You may even want to make a double or triple batch of your elevated compote to top some vanilla ice cream or a different smoked dessert.

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