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Pit Temperature: 70 - 90 Maximum
Desired Internal Temperature: N/A
Cooking Time: 1 - 3 hours


Applewood Smoked Cheese

Its fall, cool weather is here and for me that means its time to smoke some cheese!

I love home smoked cheese. It has a much more delicate smoke flavor than the stuff in stores that's NOT NATURALLY smoked.

Applewood is definitely my favorite smoke wood for cheese.

This time I started with: Three types of Cheddar, Baby Swiss, Regular Swiss, Provolone and a block of Danish Blue. I cut it into 1/2 lb blocks which seems to work well for good smoke penetration, easy packaging and slicing.

I rubbed the cheddar & half the provolone with a good quality sweet paprika. I also coated one of the blocks of swiss with carraway seeds I call this smoked swiss & Rye). It sat for two hours on wire racks to dry and form a bit of a crust before smoking.

I waited for a cool day so I can keep the pit below 90° or else the cheese starts to sweat and gets oily. I also make sure to keep a light, almost blueish colored smoke going. Heavy white smoke = nasty creosote taste I suspect this isn't an issue with a pellet smoker).

I just use 6 or 7 lit briquettes with a few extra in the chimney in case I need to add more) with a chunk of applewood or foil packs of applewood pellets changing as needed.

How long I smoke depends on the ambient & pit temp. Cooler = longer. This time it spent about 3 hours in the smoker. around 70 - 80°.

The nose is the best tool for checking; Pick up a block and give it a smell.

After Smoking I put it back on wire racks to cool back down before wrapping or vac-sealing. The cheese gets even better and more mellow after about a week.

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Average user rating from: 5 user(s)

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Smoked Cheese 2010-11-05 06:00:00 Pete_D
Reviewed by Pete_D    11/04/2010


Smoked Cheese 2010-11-04 19:47:00 bigpoppa
Reviewed by bigpoppa    11/04/2010


Smoked Cheese 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Pete_D
Reviewed by Pete_D    11/29/2014
Smoked Cheese 0000-00-00 00:00:00 bigpoppa
Reviewed by bigpoppa    11/29/2014
Smoked Cheese 0000-00-00 00:00:00 TentHunter
Reviewed by TentHunter    11/29/2014