Smoked Cheese on the Mini

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by disco, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is the second time I smoked cheese using the WSM mini. It worked out great the first time but I did run into a minor glitch this time.

    It has been cold enough to smoke cheese in the mini without ice using pellets in my A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker. I would put the AMNPS on the strainer on the bottom of the mini and then put the cheese on the rack. I would open all the vents and it worked great the first time.

    This time, I decided to smoke the cheese for four hours instead of 3 as it was a little mild this time.

    I fired the AMNPS up with maple pellets and set up the mini with the cheese on top. I had some jalapeno jack. some herb cheese and some old Cheddar.

    I put the lid on and used my BlueTherm Duo to monitor the temperature for 4 hours.

    The temperature remained about 70 F and all looked well. When I took the cheese out, there was a soft spot directly over the turn point on the AMNPS. What had happened was the four hours meant the AMNPS had the time to turn the corner of the first line of the maze. At that time more pellets are burning and the cheese directly over it got soft. It is a very small piece but I will put the AMNPS on the rack the coals would normally burn on and will put the strainer over it to prevent radiant heat.

    Regardless, the cheese looks wonderful and I await the aging process for another cheese treat.

  2. Dang, Disco That looks Great, I haven't gotten into mine yet

  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Gary. I have gotten into a routine. I have two batches done and as soon as I finish one batch of cheese, I start another. You need to dos some and get ahead. I don't want to be the only smoked cheese addict.

  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Disco. You are not the only cheese addict, trust me.

    I havent tried cold smoking with the mini yet. Only did test runs.
  5. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking cheese Disco! I need to get around to trying smoked cheese on my WSM.
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Adam. The mini allows a good airflow and the AMNPS works well in it.
    Thanks, b-one! It works great!
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good Disco. I use my AMNTS in my mini to smoke small batches of cheese. I always place it where the charcoal grate would go. I also put the steamer insert in to deflect the heat a bit.
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So why didn't you tell me before, Case?
  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco looks good Cheese on sale by me this week, stocking up 99cents 8oz. blocks.
  10. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    When I eventually get around to smoking cheese I'll be using my WSM...
  11. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    This last weekend was the 2 week point in my rest so I dove into some of my smoked cheese and I can't stop eating it.  Sunday was grilled cheese sandwiches with smoked cheese.  OMG!
  12. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Always something to learn, no?....good job regardless and I'm sure none will be wasted.....Willie
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Tropics. The price cheese in the US makes me sigh. We would dream of a price like that here in Canada.
    It works great!
    I know. She Who Must Be Obeyed limits the amount of cheese I can smoke in an attempt to have me practice girth control. She knows I have no will power if it is around.

  14. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Har! The amount I have to learn is immeasurable! Thanks for the encouraging words, Chef!


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