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Melty, cheesy, goodness — is there anything better than smoked queso dip? I didn’t think so until I experimented with a BBQ and decided to try a trend I saw: homemade Queso on the smoker. 

Smokey, melty, cheesy goodness? Consider me hooked. 

smoked queso dip topped with jalapeños and tomatoes

This smoked queso dip saves you the hassle of finding smoked cheese in the grocery store, this queso dip is easy to put together, and is extremely versatile — the possibilities are endless

How to Make Smoked Queso Dip

When I said making this dish is easy, I wasn’t lying. Grab a disposable (or a reusable pan like a cast-iron skillet, just ensure you don’t mind throwing it in the smoker) 9×13 pan and preheat your smoker to 250°F. 

My most basic Smoked queso has the following ingredients: 

ingredients to make smoked queso dip
  • One (2lb) block of Velveeta cheese
  • Smoked gouda
  • Cooked spicy sausage
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Two cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic 

Next, add your ingredients to the pan.

Mix smoked queso dip ingredients together in an aluminum pan

Place the wood — I recommend hickory wood for this queso —  and the pan in your smoker for two hours. Be sure to stir the queso halfway through. 

smoked queso dip cooking on the Weber Smoker

Once all the cheese is melted, remove the queso from the smoker, and it’s ready to serve. 

Stirring the Smoked Queso Dip

What Can I Add to this Queso Recipe?

The add-ins for this smoked queso recipe truly are endless. If I’m feeling spicier queso, I’ll add in: 

  • Fresh jalapenos 
  • Chorizo
  • Canned green chiles
  • Spicy chili beans
  • Salsa or pico 
  • Cayenne pepper
smoked queso dip

If I’m looking to please a crowd and tone down the spice and want heartier queso, I’ll add in things like: 

  • Ground beef or no bean chili
  • Leftover smoked brisket
  • Additional non-processed cheeses like pepper jack, Monterey jack, or sharp cheddar
  • Garlic
  • Fresh cilantro

Tips and Tricks to Making Smoked Queso

  • Switch out your wood chips for pecan chips and enjoy the different flavors
  • Consider using Velveeta’s queso Blanco cheese
  • If you’re feeling frisky, consider using different types of meat — ground turkey, chicken, any ground meat will give your smoked queso recipe unique. 
hamburger meat in a frying pan, mixed with onions

What Cheese Should I Use if I Don’t Want to Use Processed Cheeses for the Smoked Queso?

If you’re not a fan of processed cheese or don’t have any on hand, you can use any cheese that you like, the key is to have some sort of liquid thinner. I recommend using one of the following:

  • Beer
  • Chicken Stock
  • Half and half
  • Heavy whipping cream; or
  • Cream of mushroom/chicken/jalapeno soup
cubed cheese in an aluminum pan, paired with tomatoes and seasoning

If you choose to use non-processed cheese, do not buy pre-shredded cheese. 

These cheeses are coated with anti-caking agents and starches to prevent the cheese from clumping together, but this will affect the quality of the dip and prevent the cheese from melting properly.

Instead, buy the blocks of cheese and a box grater — you won’t regret taking the additional five minutes to grate your own cheese. 

What Should I Serve this Queso Recipe With? 

Is there anything smoked queso doesn’t taste good on? 

tortilla chip dipping into the smoked queso dip

Tortilla chips, sourdough bread, celery sticks, and carrot sticks are all great options to serve this smoked queso dip with at your next backyard get-together.  It also pairs well with my smoked chicken wings or grilled chicken wings!

smoked queso dip served with salsa and tortilla chips
smoked queso dip topped with jalapeños and tomatoes

Smoked Queso Dip Recipe

This smoked queso dip recipe saves you the hassle of finding smoked cheese in the grocery store, is easy to put together, and is extremely versatile — the possibilities are endless.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Queso Dip Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 569kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • Smoker (Weber, Traeger, Pit Boss, etc)


  • 2 pounds Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 1 pound of sausage spicy breakfast blend or chorizo, OR a combination of the two
  • 8 ounces Mexican cheese blend shredded
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes and green chiles drained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • cup heavy cream


  • Preheat smoker to 230 degrees F
  • In a medium skillet, over medium heat on stove top, brown the sausage and diced onion, drain any grease, if necessary.
  • Add the cubed Velveeta cheese to an aluminum foil pan
  • Add the browned sausage and onions on top of the Velveeta cheese along with the remaining ingredients
  • Stir carefully to combine ingredients
  • Place the pan on the smoker and cook for 30 to 40 minutes stirring every 10 minutes
  • Serve immediately with your favorite chips and vegetables for dipping


You can keep the Smoked Queso warm on the smoker or grill for several hours by stirring occasionally and adding more heavy cream to maintain the consistency you like


Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 2386mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1519IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 856mg | Iron: 1mg

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