smoked cream cheese

Smoked Cream Cheese Recipe

This smoked cream cheese recipe delivers a deliciously creamy, smoky, and flavor-packed appetizer perfect for any gathering. Start by selecting your seasoning preference: choose between the zesty and bold taco seasoning or the tangy and herby ranch seasoning to cater to your taste buds and those of your guests. The cream cheese block is then expertly smoked to infuse it with a rich, smoky flavor that elevates its natural creaminess.

For cooking, you have three versatile options. If you have a smoker, you can achieve the quintessential smoky taste with ease. Place the cream cheese in the smoker, allowing it to absorb the wood’s flavors slowly and develop a beautiful, golden-brown exterior.

Why You’ll Love This Smoked Cream Cheese:

  • Easy to prepare with minimal ingredients
  • Versatile with multiple seasoning options
  • Perfect for parties or as a snack

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese (full-fat or low-fat)
  • 2-3 tbsp taco seasoning or ranch seasoning
  • Crackers or dippers of choice
  • Garnishes: chopped green onions, chives, sliced jalapenos, parsley


Smoker/Pellet Grill:

  1. Preheat the smoker to 250°F.
  2. Score the top of the cream cheese in a crisscross pattern.
  3. Coat with seasoning.
  4. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  5. Smoke for 1.5-2 hours.


  1. Preheat oven to 210°F.
  2. Score and season cream cheese.
  3. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.

Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  2. Score and season cream cheese.
  3. Place on a foil-lined tray.
  4. Air fry for 5-6 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, bagel chips, raw veggies, crusty bread, or apple slices.
  • Perfect as a party appetizer or a snack.

How to Store Smoked Cream Cheese:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • Reheat in a 350°F oven for 15-25 minutes.

Additional Tips:

  • Experiment with different seasonings like BBQ rub or bagel seasoning.
  • Use hickory pellets for a robust smoky flavor in the smoker.

Smoked Cream Cheese Recipe

Recipe by Rose HernandezCourse: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese

  • 2-3 tbsp taco or ranch seasoning

  • Crackers or dippers of choice


  • Smoker/Pellet Grill
  • Oven
  • Air Fryer

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