Smoked Cream Cheese.

Learn how to make smoked cream cheese. Then try one of my 12 different sweet and savory flavor combinations for the perfect party dip.

Smoked cream cheese.

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What is smoked cream cheese?

The idea of ​​smoked cream cheese has gone viral in recent years, but it's actually nothing new.

Cream cheese is a soft, very creamy cheese used in sweet dishes like cheesecake or in savory dishes like smoked salmon and bagels.

People have been smoking cheese for centuries to preserve it, much like they smoke meat. Usually, hard cheeses like Gouda, Cheddar, or Provolone are used. But soft cheeses like cream cheese have also been smoked and sold in delis and meat markets in the United States since 40s.

When smoked, the cream cheese takes on the delicate smoky flavor typical of the type of wood used, making it more complex.

What to do with smoked cream cheese

Once you have a block of smoked cream cheese, you can use it in many ways.

The most popular option is to top it with something sweet like warm honey, maple syrup, fig jam, cranberry sauce, or red pepper jelly. Serve with chips or crackers.

For a more savory option, you can also top it with salsa, enchilada sauce, or chili pepper.

Below I have listed 12 different flavor combinations.

Try incorporating it into mac and cheese or my smoked cream cheese crack dip or spread it on a burger. The options are only limited by your imagination.


Cream cheese and taco seasoning.Cream cheese and taco seasoning.
  • Cheese cream: The main ingredient is a block of cream cheese. You can use full-fat or reduced-fat cream cheese.
  • Seasoning: Use your favorite seasoning based on the flavors you want to achieve. For a savory block, use taco seasoning, seasoned salt, bagel seasoning, ranch dressing, Cajun seasoning, or your favorite BBQ seasoning. For a sweeter block of cheese, use cinnamon sugar.
  • Gaskets: To serve cream cheese as an appetizer, you will probably need fig jam, honey or sauce.
  • Chips or crackers: Popular options include pita chips, tortilla chips, wheat crackers, bagel chips, graham crackers, or nilla wafers.

See the full recipe below for servings and full list of ingredients.

How to smoke cream cheese

Heat your smoker or pellet grill to 200 degrees F with an indirect heat zone. Hickory and cherry wood chunks or pellets work great with cream cheese. If you are using a gas grill, use wood chips in a foil bag.

  1. FIRST STEP: Place the cream cheese block on a cast iron skillet or baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to score diamonds on the top.
Using a knife, cut a diamond shape into the cream cheese.Using a knife, cut a diamond shape into the cream cheese.
  1. STEP TWO: Sprinkle the dressing over the cream cheese block.
taco seasoning on cream cheese.taco seasoning on cream cheese.
  1. STEP THREE: Place the pan with the cream cheese on the grill over indirect heat and smoke for 90 minutes.
Creamy cheese aged on the grill.Creamy cheese aged on the grill.
  1. STEP FOUR: After 90 minutes, the diamonds will begin to separate and the cheese will have a nice amber color.
Smoked cream cheese.Smoked cream cheese.

How to Serve Smoked Cream Cheese

Once you have smoked your cream cheese, you can serve it on sandwiches or burgers as a spread. It is great on BLTs.

Or keep it in the pan and pour jam, sauce or honey over it. You can also sprinkle with fresh herbs or green onions for added color and texture.

Serve with crackers, chips, apple slices, or fresh vegetables.

Smoked cream cheese with sauce.Smoked cream cheese with sauce.

12 Fun Smoked Cream Cheese Recipes

By combining any of the flavor combinations listed below, you can get tons of options for making simple appetizers or desserts.

Tasty Pairings with Smoked Cream Cheese

  • Mexican Smoked Cream Cheese
    • Season with taco seasoning.
    • Topping sauce or enchilada sauce.
    • Serve with tortilla chips.
  • Smoked Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
    • Season with bagel seasoning.
    • Top with smoked salmon, capers and sliced ​​red onions.
    • Serve with french fries.
  • BBQ Smoked Cream Cheese
    • Season with your favorite BBQ mix.
    • Top with your favorite barbecue sauce and shredded barbecue meat.
    • Serve with french fries.
  • Smoked Chili Cream Cheese
    • Season with chili powder.
    • Complete with the remaining chilli pepper.
    • Serve with Fritos corn chips.

Pairings with sweet and smoked creamy cheeses

  • Smoked Pecan and Cream Cheese Pie
    • Season with sugar and cinnamon.
    • Top with maple syrup and chopped pecans.
    • Serve with shortbread biscuits.
  • Smoked Cream Cheese Cheesecake
    • Season with sugar and cinnamon.
    • Top with chocolate syrup and sliced ​​strawberries.
    • Serve with graham crackers.
  • Smoked Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese
    • Season with brown sugar
    • Top with chocolate syrup, melted peanut butter and peanuts.
    • Serve with chocolate wafers.
  • Lemon Smoked Cream Cheese
    • Season with granulated sugar.
    • Complete with lemon cream and blueberries.
    • Serve with shortbread biscuits.

Sweet and savory pairings with smoked cream cheese

  • Simple Honey Smoked Cream Cheese with Spicy Sauce
    • Season with your favorite barbecue spice blend.
    • Finish with a drizzle of warm honey.
    • Serve with chips or crackers.
  • Smoked Cream Cheese with Figs and Blue Cheese
    • Season with seasoned salt.
    • Top with fig jam, chopped walnuts and blue cheese crumbs.
    • Serve with wheat crackers.
  • Christmas Smoked Cream Cheese
    • Season with seasoned salt.
    • Top with blueberry sauce and chopped pistachios.
    • Serve with crackers and apple slices.
  • Sweet Red Pepper Jelly Smoked Cream Cheese
    • Season with your favorite barbecue spice blend.
    • Complete with red pepper jelly.
    • Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.


Store leftover smoked cream cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days. Enjoy cold or reheat in the microwave.

GCG Pro Pitmaster Tips

  • Score the top of the cream cheese to allow the smoky flavor to penetrate further.
  • Use sweet or savory toppings for a bit of variety
  • Smoke it over low, indirect heat for about 90 minutes.
  • Add your favorite toppings and serve with chips, crackers, fruit or vegetables.

Frequent questions

How long does smoked cream cheese keep well?

Smoked cream cheese alone can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until the expiration date printed on the cream cheese box. If you added toppings such as salsa, jelly or chutney, it should last about 7 days.

Can you smoke cream cheese at 250?

Because cream cheese is soft, it is best to smoke it at a lower temperature, such as 200 degrees F. Otherwise, it will begin to lose its shape.

Can you reheat smoked cream cheese?

Yes. You can reheat leftover smoked cream cheese in the microwave in 30-second increments.

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  • Thermal smoker: Heat your smoker to 200 degrees F with an indirect heat zone. Cherry or hickory wood pellets, chips, or chunks are good options.

  • Point: Place the cream cheese on a baking sheet. Cut diamonds on the top with a sharp knife.

  • Season: Sprinkle the dry marinade over the surface.

  • Smoker: Place the aged cream cheese pan on the smoker over indirect heat. Smoke for 90 minutes.

  • Superior: Garnish with your favorite jam, jelly, sauce or chutney.

  • Serve: Serve with chips or crackers.

Check out the full article to discover 12 different flavor combinations.
Nutritional content will vary depending on the spices and seasonings used. Calories for chips or crackers are not included.

Calories: 212kilocalorieCarbohydrates: 22GProtein: 2GFat: 13GSaturated fats: 8GPolyunsaturated fats: 1GMonounsaturated fat: 3GCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 0.4GSugar: 15GVitamin A: 516IUC vitamin: 3mgSoccer: 46mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is calculated automatically and should only be used as an approximation.

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