Smoked Cream Cheese Dip
Smoked Cream Cheese Dip is very easy to make, can be prepared in a variety of ways, and is great for so many occasions. This is one recipe that requires little effort to make but tastes delicious to enjoy. Be sure to try out our easy recipe below!
Smoked Cream Cheese
Smoked cream cheese dip can be quite versatile, and it is made primarily from a block of cream cheese with other seasonings added to it. You can get creative and use a variety of items for dipping such as crackers, pita bread, bread, tortilla chips, Doritos, cucumbers, celery, or even peppers.
This dip is delightfully smoked and loaded with flavor. It makes a very easy appetizer, or snack whenever you want it. Now, let’s look at how to make this delicious smoked cream cheese dip.
How to Make Smoked Cream Cheese
Begin by preheating your smoker to 200°F.
Next, unwrap a block of cream cheese, and rub the entire block with olive oil. Cut some cross hatches in the top of the block of cream cheese approximately ½ inch apart.
Season your cream cheese with sea salt, garlic powder, garlic salt, onion powder, paprika, and everything bagel seasoning.
Cover the entire block of cream cheese with your seasonings. Place the block of cream cheese crosshatch side up on a cast iron skillet, or aluminum foil if you don’t have a cast-iron pan, and place it on your smoker. Close the lid and smoke for approximately two hours.
How to Serve Smoked Cream Cheese
Smoked cream cheese is best when served as a dip. You can serve your smoked cream cheese when it is fresh from the grill, warm, and slightly melting. Serve the dip alongside some crackers, chips, pita chips, bread, as a bagel topping, or even as a vegetable dip.
Smoked Cream Cheese Variations
Not only can you make smoked cream cheese dip using our above recipe, but you can also create several variations of the recipe by adding different toppings or seasonings to your block of cheese.
Smoked Cream Cheese with Pepper Jelly
You can serve your block of smoked cream cheese topped with pepper jelly for a sweet and savory variation of this recipe.
Doritos and Cream Cheese
You can also enjoy smoked cream cheese dip with a layer of crushed Doritos on the outside, or by using Doritos to dip into the cream cheese.
Baked Cream Cheese
You can also prepare the above recipe in your oven to bake it rather than smoke it if desired. To do this, you want to prepare your block of cream cheese as desired then place it onto a cast-iron skillet or into a baking dish. Bake the cream cheese at 250°F for approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
Smoked Cream Cheese and Bacon Dip
Another fun two way to mix things up when making smoked cream cheese dip is to add bacon to it, making it a lovely delicious dish.
Add bacon, simply prepare your block of cream cheese, rub oil on it, then dip it in bacon bits.
Continue to add your seasoning as desired then smoke your cream cheese. Smoked cream cheese and bacon dip is so good, you’ve got to try it!
Perhaps you would like to try a different seasoning mixture with your smoked cream cheese dip, rather than the garlic mixture we have suggested above.
There are many variations that you can try. Below are some of the more common variations.
To use taco seasoning for your smoked cream cheese dip, simply rub the outside of your cream cheese block with olive oil and then cover with taco seasoning. Smoke as instructed above.
You can also use seafood seasoning for your smoked cream cheese dip if desired.
A fun idea when making seafood dip is to work in some of your favorite seafood into the cream cheese, shape it back into a block, rub it with olive oil, then sprinkle your favorite seafood seasoning on the outside.
Otherwise smoke as instructed above.
Garlic and Pepper Blend
Garlic and black pepper also makes for a delicious seasoning mixture for smoked cream cheese.
Simply prepare your block of cream cheese as instructed above, then cover the entire outside with a mixture of garlic and pepper, then smoke as instructed.
If you want to sweeten things up a little bit, you can sprinkle the outside of your cream cheese block with a mixture of granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a sweet flair to your dip.
You might consider using graham crackers for your dip as well, rather than chips.
Coating your block of cream cheese with crushed pecans is another fun way to mix things up.
Simply prepare as instructed above, then coat the entire outside of your block or cream cheese with crushed pecans, then smoke your cream cheese and turn it into a dip.
Italian seasoning is another fun way to mix things up and add a different flavor to your smoked cream cheese dip.
Simply prepare as instructed above but replace the other seasonings with Italian seasoning and a little bit of salt and pepper to coat the entire outside of your cream cheese block.
How do you Store Smoked Cream Cheese
Fridge. The best way to store any leftover smoked cream cheese dip is to refrigerate it.
Place your smoked cream cheese dip into an airtight container, with a layer of plastic wrap directly on your cream cheese.
Or you can place your smoked cream cheese dip into a plastic storage bag seal it securely, and refrigerate your block for three to four days.
Freezer. Although you can freeze cream cheese, it is not recommended.
After cream cheese has been frozen and then thawed it tends to change its texture and it’s no longer the same as it once was.
We recommend enjoying your smoked cream cheese dip while it is still fresh.
Tips and Tricks
The best wood to smoke cheese. Some mild options of wood include cherry, apple, and Maple. However, you can also use hickory for additional flavor to your smoked cream cheese.
Time and Temperature. The best times and temperatures for smoking cream cheese slightly depend upon the climate where you live, and your particular smoker. Typically, a good rule of thumb is to smoke your cream cheese dip for two hours at 200°F.
If you live in colder climates, you may want to increase the temperature of your smoker to 250°F or even 275°F, but you should not exceed 300°F. You may need to smoke your cream cheese dip for more than two hours if it is not becoming soft and melty.
Smoked Cream Cheese FAQ
Does cream cheese melt?
Smoked cream cheese does not completely melt, and should stay mostly in a block form. However, your block will become soft, and should be slightly melted and textured when you dip into it.
Is Smoked Cream Cheese Keto?
Smoked cream cheese is usually keto friendly, but may depend on what you are serving the dip with, and what seasonings you add to the smoked cream cheese block.
Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese
Traeger cheese dip makes for a lovely appetizer, side dish, snack, or a game day treat. No matter what the occasion, this is easy to make, and can be prepared in a variety of ways by mixing up the seasonings on it.
This is a fun dish that can easily be prepared with a little hassle, and it tastes fabulous.
We’re Loving Smoked Cream Cheese
We enjoy making and eating the smoked cream cheese dip and hope that you will enjoy it too. This recipe is so versatile, it can be prepared in a variety of ways, and for a variety of occasions. Give this tasty and easy recipe a try, and let us know what you think about it!