First time smoking cheese - MES30 with AMNPS - with pics

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by joey805, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. joey805

    joey805 Newbie

    First time smoking cheese ever with my recently purchased MES 30 and AMNPS. After alot of very helpful reading on this forum, I was ready to give it a shot.

    Decided to buy a variety for the first round to see which ones I liked the best. Also threw some eggs in for good measure...

    Thew the pitmasters choice pellets in the oven at 200 for 20 minutes to make sure they were dry.

    Then lit it.

    Time to load the trays up...

    Let the pellets burn for 10 minutes, then blew  the fire out...

    Load it all into the smoker...

    Starting temp...

    Nice smoke and it smelled amazing. I really likes the pitmasters choice pellets.

    An hour in, it was time to rotate shelves.

    Temp started to rise, so I the opened the smoker a couple times to cool it down a bit. Didn't really have much room left to put any ice in there. I live in Southern California, so a cold night for us is maybe 50 degrees.

    Pulled the eggs out at 2 hours, they looked and smelled great!

    Cheese came out at 3 hours.

    I still had some pellets left in the AMNPS so I plugged the smoker in, set it at 265 and threw a ribeye on. Pulled it out once it hit 130 and tossed it on a super hot BBQ for 45 seconds on each side for the reverse sear.

    Probably ones of the best ribeye's I have ever had. Usually I just grill them. Doing the reverse sear is unreal!

    Let the cheese rest overnight in the fridge, then vacuum packed the next day. I'm not touching this stuff for 30 days. Hopefully I can wait that long. [​IMG]

    Made some egg salad with the eggs, wow! So yummy!
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  2. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Very nice job.  Now the hard part, waiting a month.

  3. i've never done cheese but the eggs and a couple potatoes smoked then thrown into a potatoe salad is unbelievable good

    . will need to try the cheese to go with my smoked salmon
  4. Very damm nice!!
  5. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    I'm smoking cheese today for the first time.  It's finally cold in South Texas so I'm going to give it a shot.  Wish I had some eggs to throw in also.
  6. Yeah, I am definitely going to smoke some eggs when I do my cheese.  Been so busy with the holidays along other things just haven't done any grilling yet alone smoking anything.  I just got a new dual probe thermometer and getting anxious to use it!  Keep smokin'!
  7. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks great !  I'd sneak some cheese after 2 weeks just to make sure its alright ! [​IMG]
  8. joey805

    joey805 Newbie

    I like your idea. 5 more days to go then.

    My fridge smells smokey still, even after everything has been vacuumed packed. It's teasing me every time I open it. [​IMG]
  9. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Enjoy it while its there - you will miss that smell when its gone. The secret is to keep the fridge topped up with a continuous stream of smoked cheese batches [​IMG]
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  10. joopster

    joopster Smoking Fanatic

    This reminds me, I need to try the provolone I did a month or so ago.
  11. This looks amazing. I don't think it ever occurred to me to do this. Can't wait to hear how the cheese tastes.
  12. reecea

    reecea Newbie

    Curious as to why the 30 days wait. Does that enhance the flavor?
  13. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What people are stressing is that it DOES need to mature before eating. Up to 7 days it will change gradually from "ashtray" to "just about edible". After 14 days it is something that you could eat and enjoy. However after 21 days it will transform into something that you can serve to your friends to really impress.

    Try it after 14 days - but with smoked cheese you do need to be patient.
  14. joopster

    joopster Smoking Fanatic

    Better yet, have some after 21 and then wait another month.  While you are waiting do another 15 lbs.
  15. hdflame

    hdflame Meat Mopper

    The cheese looks really good!  I'm glad I read the whole post cause I didn't realize there was a need to wait a month before eating the cheese after smoking.  I think I'm going to have to try this too.

    Ribeyes are my favorite steak.  I've read about the reverse searing but never thought about smoking one then doing the sear....the ribeye looked amazing!  I will definitely try that.  A well seasoned ribeye needs no steak sauce!
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