One of the hot trends right now is Smoked Cream Cheese. Basically you season a block of cream cheese and smoke it for a couple of hours at a low temperature in your smoker.
I like to use Everything Bagel Seasoning but you can use whatever you want. I've seen some use a cinnamon-sugar mixture, bbq rub or even some jalapeños. The possibilities are almost endless.
Just be mindful that whatever you use should pair well with cream cheese. Next time I make this appetizer I might try some buffalo sauce or cinnamon with some apple pie filling. Sounds yummy to me!
Before you ask, no the cream cheese will not melt. I know this defies logic for some but trust me it won't melt. Just make sure you stick to the recommended temperatures between 200°F and 250°F for optimal results.
It doesn't matter if you are going to smoke the cream cheese on a Traeger or Pit Boss smoker. This smoked cheese recipe will work with any type of smoker!
I initially made this appetizer for a Happy Hour get-together I was hosting at my house. Needless to say, this everything bagel cream cheese was a big hit with everyone. I should've made more than one it was that good.
💭 Recipe Tip
While you can pretty much use any brand of cream cheese, I highly recommend you use Philadelphia brand cream cheese. You will taste the difference.
💭 Recipe Variation
If you are not a fan of everything bagel we have a few options for you. You can coat the cream cheese in a cinnamon-sugar mixture, a dusting of crushed gingersnap cookies, or a mixture of dried minced onion and garlic powder.
You can also lightly coat the cream cheese in some olive oil with a light dusting of your favorite BBQ seasoning and top with some diced jalapeños and crumbled bacon.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Smoked Cream Cheese recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Cream Cheese, Everything Bagel Seasoning and Crackers.
🥣 How to make Smoked Cream Cheese
Apply the Everything Bagel Seasoning all over the cream cheese block. Make sure you put some on all 6 sides. Add a few sear marks to the top with a knife.
Place on a small baking sheet or piece of aluminum foil.
Put the cream cheese on your smoker and cook for 1 ½ hours at 250°F or 2 hours at 200°F.
Smoked Cream Cheese
- Baking Sheet
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- ¼ Cup Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Crackers, for serving
- Apply the Everything Bagel Seasoning all over the cream cheese block. Make sure you put some on all 6 sides. Add a few sear marks to the top with a knife.
- Place on a small baking sheet or piece of aluminum foil.
- Put the cream cheese on your smoker and cook for 1 ½ hours at 250°F or 2 hours at 200°F.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.