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Smoked Cream Cheese (2 Ingredients)

5 from 42 votes
Published on 03/18/2024 by Umamiology
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This quick and easy Smoked Cream Cheese has it all. Creamy cheese flavor, infused with deep hickory smoke and dusted with a robust dry rub that adds depth and umami to every bite. Spread on a bagel, or used as a dip for crackers, this smoked cream cheese elevates your dip game to the next level.

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This smoked cream cheese recipe looks and tastes fancy – but is incredibly easy to make!

It’s one of those comfort foods that’s always a hit at ladies’ nights or game day parties or even the monthly poker gatherings.

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And with this recipe, you get the creamy consistency of traditional cream cheese paired beautifully with the infusion of rich hickory smoke – yielding a deeply flavorful cheese spread that goes well on any medium, whether that’s chips, artisan crackers or even bagels.

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How To Make Smoked Cream Cheese

This recipe is super simple – it only has 3 steps.

First we dust the cream cheese with our dry rub.

Then we score our cream cheese.

And lastly, we smoke our cream cheese.

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It’s really easy to make, so it can be the perfect last minute appetizer for your next gathering or family barbecue!

What Is The Best Dry Rub To Use For Smoked Cream Cheese?

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I really like this Traeger Garlic & Chili Pepper Rub. It’s got a good balance of smokiness, spiciness and a slightly sweet after taste that perfectly compliments the cream cheese. But honestly, any savory rub you have will work well with this smoked cream cheese recipe.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

The Ingredients for Smoked Cream Cheese

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The Equipment Needed

How To Smoke Cream Cheese

Start by placing your unwrapped block of cream cheese in the middle of your aluminum baking pan.

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Generously dust your cream cheese with the Traeger Garlic & Chili Pepper Rub – making sure to cover all sides, and also the bottom.

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Score the cream cheese with deep 1/2 inch grooves, to allow the cheese to spread as it smokes.

Set your smoker to 200°F.

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Place your seasoned & scored cream cheese in the middle of the smoker and let it smoke for 90 minutes.

Then remove from the smoker and plate your smoked cream cheese dip with crackers or chips and serve!

Pro Tip: Drizzle a bit of Brown Sugar Simple Syrup on top, to add a hint of sweetness to contrast the savoriness of the cream cheese.

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Smoked Cream Cheese (2 Ingredients)

5 from 42 votes
This quick and easy Smoked Cream Cheese has it all. Creamy cheese flavor, infused with deep hickory smoke and dusted with a robust dry rub that adds depth and umami to every bite. Spread on a bagel, or used as a dip for crackers, this smoked cream cheese elevates your dip game to the next level.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Smoke Cream Cheese

  • Start by placing your unwrapped block of cream cheese in the middle of your aluminum baking pan.
  • Generously dust your cream cheese with the Traeger Garlic & Chili Pepper Rub – making sure to cover all sides, and also the bottom.
  • Score the cream cheese with deep 1/2 inch grooves, to allow the cheese to spread as it smokes.
  • Set your smoker to 200°F.
  • Place your seasoned & scored cream cheese in the middle of the smoker and let it smoke for 90 minutes.
  • Then remove from the smoker and plate your smoked cream cheese dip with crackers or chips and serve!

Notes

Pro Tip: Drizzle a bit of Brown Sugar Simple Syrup on top, to add a hint of sweetness to contrast the savoriness of the cream cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

How long do you smoke cream cheese?

For this recipe, we smoke at 200°F for 90 minutes.

What is the best wood for smoking cream cheese?

I’ve found that hickory wood is the best for creating that deep, rich smokey flavor.

At what temperature do you smoke cream cheese?

Low and slow is the key here – smoke at 200°F for 90 minutes.

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