going to break in my new a-maze-n smoker for my first cold smoked cheese...

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by jeff 1, May 20, 2011.

  1. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I just got it today and a bunch of cheese to try it out on.  I am going to fire it up in the morning.  This is my first time to ever smoke cheese and I am kind of wondering what wood and how long.   I have hickory, cherry, apple, and maple dust.  I am real fond of hickory and apple mixed  on meat and I like to add cherry every now and then to my bacon or pork or beef.  I have never used maple.   I keep going back and forth on what wood I am going to use or if I should use two woods together,  should I use the entire thing filled up and shold I light one end or both ends?    It is going in a brinkman vertical smoker
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I go with the more subtle woods for cheese. Cherry or apple. Should be good no matter which you choose. Just be patient and let it age for two weeks! Enjoy!
  3. They all are good. Either separate or mixed. One not better then the other just different.

    If you don't like one i can send you my mail address. Lol
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use Apple for most everything.  I just happen to have a ton on-hand, but it's usually my go to wood.

    Hickory is a little strong for me on cheese

    Good Luck!

  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    All good advice. I might also add don't smoke it too long, a couple of hours, maybe 3 at the most. I usually light both ends & let it smoke for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  6. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    so you say its better to have light both ends and hav double the smoke for half the time?  as opposed to lighting one end and haveing double the time?
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We like a mix of maple and cherry for cheese.  As stated earlier, it is a matter of taste and a little experimentation will settle that one for you.  As to the amount of smoke and the length of time, that will vary depending on your individual set up.  And again, your taste for lighter versus heavier smoke flavor comes into play.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lighting 1 or both ends is somewhat based on the size of your smoker.

    Also, humidity and temp can affect the burn rate.

    Harder cheeses seem to take smoke differently than soft cheese.

    I personally like about 2 hours of smoke on my cheese, but it's all personal preference.

  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The last batch of cheese I smoked with Cherry was Awesome...
  10. Fired mine up today and went with apple for cheddar and will go about 2 hours in the Webber Kettle

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