Christmas Cheese Smoke

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by woodman3, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. woodman3

    woodman3 Smoke Blower

    We decided to give some smoked Aged Cracker Barrel Cheddar. I used a blend of hickory,cherry and apple. This will be the first time giving some as gifts. We are going to give some crackers with it. Does any one have cracker suggestions besides Ritz?
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not Ritz! Step it up. There's nice boxes of crackers, brands vary.
  3. woodman3

    woodman3 Smoke Blower

    I wasn't going to give Ritz.  That's why I was asking.   Especially since its a gift.   
  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Actually you can usually find a pretty decent selection of herb flavored crackers for your cheese at a dollar store.

  5. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don't ask me I prefer Chicken in a biscuit!:biggrin:
  6. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nabisco makes a variety of Triscuit crackers in a wide variety of flavors...Try those or look in the gourmet department of your market if you wish to spend a bit more for the crackers.
  7. woodman3

    woodman3 Smoke Blower

    Here is the final product. Seem to have good color. Now for cure time.
  8. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice color on your cheese, woodman.  You are going to put smiles on some faces.​

  9. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well it looks great but if you just smoked it I don't think it will be ready for xmas... Maybe New Years
  10. woodman3

    woodman3 Smoke Blower

    Yeah. I wasn't sure if it would be ready for Christmas. I still may give it but ask them to wait a couple weeks at least to eat it. I have done cheese before but didn't do the cure time. I bet it makes a huge difference.
  11. woodman3

    woodman3 Smoke Blower

    Thank you. I read the big post you made a few years ago about smoked cheese. Most of the details I didn't know. I appreciate you taking the time back then to put together all the info.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
  12. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you, it was my pleasure.​

    If you are experiencing a strong taste out of the smoker, you may want to consider changing your smoke delivery system as it doesn't need to occur.

    driedstick and I are working on a simple system that may help you and others.  Give us some time to refine it.

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
  13. woodman3

    woodman3 Smoke Blower

    I am currently using my Weber Smokey with A-Maze-N smoker in the bottom of it. Did it on a 55° day.
  14. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great!!! nice color and yep there are a lot of different crackers out their,,,giving gifts have you thought about smoked pretzels??

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

  15. krazykid

    krazykid Newbie

    I want to try cheese for the first time to do gifts too.  If I vac seal them, what kind of storage is needed? like I don't need to put the gifts in the fridge do I? lol Also I just started researching cheese smoking, but the aging, curing, storage still has me somewhat confused.
  16. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    There are plenty here to help you with your new venture.  Do your homework and take it one step at a time.  As you may be doing this for years to come, I suggest you start with one type of cheese, cheddar would be a good start.  Learn to keep good notes on everything you do.  Note the color and density of your smoke, placement of your smoke generator, temps, color of your cheese and end results.  Learn to smoke to a desired color rather than time as there are so many variables that can make differences in time.

    If you smoke cheddar, you may vac seal and keep it at 70° or less.  Keep doing your research and when you feel ready, go for it.  You don't need to smoke a ton at once as you want to learn, so smoke one piece at a time until you are happy with the results.  Keep those notes up to date as they will be priceless later on..

  17. krazykid

    krazykid Newbie

    I read your go to show post and learned a ton.  I probably searched 30 threads today and got a good handle on it all thanks to you and the other great contributors here.  

    The smoking food game I think is all about confidence, because once you break it down its actually very simple!

    I will be sure to post a thread on it and utilize all your advice!  I actually made an excel sheet for most of the meat smoking I have done in the last month or so, ill have to make a new tab for Cheese!!!
  18. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks great - I LOVE these crackers, give them a try.

  19. millerbuilds

    millerbuilds Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I second the vote for the flavored Triscuit crackers!
  20. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Ritz has a veggie flavored cracker that we enjoy with smoked cheese

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