Smoked Cream Cheese

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Turn a block of cream cheese into a smoky, creamy spread for crackers and vegetables. Smoked cream cheese seasoned with BBQ rub, red pepper flakes and more is the best way to impress your friends at your next cookout!

Instead of bringing a dip to a potluck, like the infamous million dollar dip or buffalo chicken dip, bring a spread to top on crackers or crunchy vegetables. Smoked cream cheese is simple and easy to make, yet packs an incredible flavor. The seasoned cream cheese, when smoked, takes on a subtly smoky flavor creating the perfect contrast between the finishing touches added later – spicy red pepper flakes, sweet & sticky honey and savory parsley.

A block of smoked cream cheese with cross hatch marks scored on top and red pepper flakes and minced parsley sprinkled on top. Celery, sweet pepper and crackers surround the cheese.

This smoked cream  cheese recipe is one that any Traeger owner should try and experiment with different chips – apple, hickory, mesquite chips all give a slightly different smoke flavor. Cutting crosshatch marks, not only results in a stunning presentation but it allows the smoky flavor and BBQ seasoning to penetrate deeper into the soft cheese, so every creamy bite has wood-smoke flavor.

Smoked cream cheese can be paired with a variety of topping sprinkles or drizzled over this velvety spread. From red pepper flakes, honey, lemon, fresh herbs – the different garnishes can add a variety of unique compliments to this tasty appetizer.

Serve smoked cheese with an assortment of vegetables like sweet peppers, celery or cucumbers. Or those who love fire roasted, smoke flavor, add to smoked salmon under a slice of cucumber or cracker. To really impress your friends, top the smoky cream cheese with bacon jam.

How to make smoked cream cheese

Smoking cream cheese doesn’t require much effort. Like most smoker recipe, you just need time.

  1. Preheat the Traeger or smoker to 225°F.
  2. Brush olive oil all over cream cheese and score the top only with diagonal crosshatch marks to allow the smoke flavor to get inside the soft cheese.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning all of the block.
  4. Place cream cheese in a small cast iron skillet and smoke for 2 hours.
  5. Garnish with more seasoning, herbs or honey.

Smoked Cream Cheese Recipe Video

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Smoked Cream Cheese Ingredients

  • 8 oz block cream cheese, cold
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons favorite BBQ rub
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free honey
  • minced parsley, for garnish
  • red pepper flakes, for garnish

Smoked Cream Cheese Directions

  • Smoked Cream Cheese
  • Bacon jam is on top of a block of cream cheese, with melba toast and bell peppers around.


    BBQ smoked cream cheese

    Sprinkle your favorite BBQ rub on the cream cheese before smoking. Then finish the smoked cheese with your favorite BBQ sauce (about 3-4 tablespoons) and crispy fried onions.


    Sprinkle taco seasoning over the block of cream cheese before smoking. After smoked, top with salsa, chopped cilantro and sliced green onions. Scoop up with tortilla chips.

    Strawberry cheesecake

    Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sweetener all over the cheese before smoking. Once smoked, top with sliced strawberries and a strawberry sauce or just use fresh strawberries to scoop up the sweet smoked cream cheese.

    Shrimp cocktail

    Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning all over the block of cream cheese. After the cream cheese is smoked in the Traeger, top with cocktail sauce and chopped canned shrimp.

    Jalapeno popper

    Sprinkle your favorite BBQ rub all over the cream cheese or just leave it plain. Once smoked, top with crumbled bacon and sautéed, diced jalapenos.

    Other toppings

    Some other toppings you might try are different flavored honeys, jams, jellies, fresh herbs, roasted garlic.


    Seasonings to try

    Any BBQ rub or seasoning can be used in this smoked cream cheese recipe. Just choose your favorite or try different ones. Here are some suggestions:

    A smoky block of seasoned cream cheese in a skillet next to celery sticks, melba toast and peppers on a cutting board.

    What to serve with smoked cream cheese

    Smoked cream cheese can be paired with a many different finger foods. Here are a few suggestions:


    • Sliced cucumbers
    • Mini sweet peppers cut in half lengthwise
    • Bell pepper strips
    • Carrot sticks
    • Celery sticks
    • Broccoli florets
    • Cauliflower florets
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Mushrooms cut in half

    Crackers / Bread

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    Storage information

    Smoked cream cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store in an air tight container or wrap in plastic wrap.

    To soften in order to make cream cheese spreadable, leave out at room temperature for 30-40 minutes before serving.

    Smoked Cream Cheese: FAQS

    Can I use any BBQ rub?

    Yes, you can use your favorite all-purpose BBQ rub. Experiment with different rubs, from spicy to sweet or savory. Each will yield a unique flavor to the soft, smoky cream cheese.

    Can I smoke multiple blocks of cream cheese at once?

    Yes, you can smoke multiple blocks of cream cheese at one time. Just add them all to the cast iron skillet or baking dish. You can smoke the cream cheese in different baking dishes as well.

    What wood chips or pellets can I use?

    Try different flavors of Traeger pellets or wood chips. They will bring different flavors. Some suggestions are apple, pecan, hickory and mesquite.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Smoked Cream Cheese

    Servings: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 52
    Fat 4.6g
    Protein 1g
    Total Carbs 4.6g
    Net Carbs 0.5g

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