Smoked cream cheese is an EPIC way to spice up your barbeque apps, or a cheese platter
It’s amazing what a bit of smoke can do!
Smoking cheese on a pit boss pellet grill is an incredibly easy cooking process.
But beware – it’s very addictive and will have you coming back for more!
What Tools Do I Need?
For the cheese smoking process you just need
- A smoker
- disposable aluminum tray or cast iron skillet
- Cream cheese
- Any extra flavors you want to add.
What Type of Cheese Can I Use?
Specifically, this is smoked cheese recipe is for cream cheese, but a huge variety of types of cheese can be used in the smoker.
We have done softer cheeses like Brie, Mozzarella cheeses, or Parmesan to hard and semi-hard cheese varieties such as Swiss, Gouda, cream, or Cheddar cheese.
Where Can I Buy The Cheese?
Cheese for smoking can be purchased from any supermarket.
Large blocks can be smoked, or you can section them into smaller portions for a stronger smoke permeation.
Just ensure the pieces are big enough to not fall through the grill grates, so shredded cheese isn’t really practical.
If your cheese comes with a wax rind, remove it completely before smoking, as the smoke won’t be able to penetrate.
Prepping the Cheese
At least one hour before smoking, remove the cheese from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
With a sharp knife, cut the block into pieces if you want to smoke smaller portions.
Which Flavor of Wood Pellets?
When starting, it’s much better to choose the delicate flavor of mild wood pellets such as fruits, softwoods, and nuts. That way you’ll have a lovely smoky flavor, without overpowering the cheese flavors.
Chips of cherry wood pellets, maple, or pecan wood are perfect to start with for a balance of smoke flavor.
Stronger barbecue flavors could handle the delicious smokiness of bacon-type flavor of hickory and mesquite wood chips.
How Should I Store the Leftovers?
Assuming there are any leftovers to store, it’s best to place them in an airtight container. Once refrigerated, it can last up to four days.
Cream cheese isn’t suitable for freezing, so make it in small batches to consume.
Looking for More Cheese Recipes?
Smoked Cream Cheese Recipe
- Cream Cheese block
- Olive Oil
- Choice of flavor toppings
- Pre-heat the pellet grill to medium heat, around 200-250°F for 5-10 minutes.
- Make a tray with an aluminum tray or tin foil.
- Place the cream cheese block on the tray, and brush with olive oil, coating the entire surface.
- Coat with the chosen toppings and place the tray on the smoker rack.
- Close the grill cover to maintain the smoker cooker temperature.
- Smoke for a cooking time of 2-4 hours, or until the surface has a lovely golden color.
The blend of flavor combinations is limitless when it comes to smoking cheeses. It’s just a matter of experimenting and finding flavor combinations that you enjoy.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Try drizzling with a honey and cinnamon sugar combination, for a sweet rub twist.
- Dry ranch dressing and olive oil mix to enhance the smokey flavor.
- A barbeque spice rub with barbecue sauce and a dash of bourbon for a bit of southern-style smoked cream cheese.
- Fresh chopped chives, chopped green onions, fresh parsley, onion powder, and crushed garlic cloves for a fresh flavor.
- Chopped fruit, apple slices, and nuts for a delicate flavor.
Whether you prefer a sweet or savory snack, there’s a cream cheese to cater to all. Serve up with crackers or baked pretzels for a simple comfort food snack.
Experiment with different flavors to jazz up your block of cream cheese, and you’ll be addicted in no time!
Smoked Cream Cheese Dip
- 10 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp roasted garlic blend
- Preheat your pellet grill to 200-250° for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Place the cream cheese onto the aluminum tray and brush with the oil.
- Coat with the chosen toppings (garlic blend).
- Place the tray on the smoker rack.
- Close the grill cover.
- Smoke for 2-4 hours.
- Serve with dry ranch dressing and olive oil mix.
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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