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Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese

Our easy Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese makes the best dip! Eat it warm off the grill or chill it first, or try and little of both if it lasts that long! Use your favorite rub, or pick up some of our favorites while you’re here.

Smoked Cream Cheese

The latest TikTok craze has reached a fever pitch, and I’m so glad that it is not bacon-wrapped Oreos this time. Everywhere I look, people are smoking cream cheese, and you know that I had to get in on this one!

I LOVE appetizers, and easy appetizers are even better. This Smoked Cream Cheese doesn’t get any easier. It is literally just a block of cream cheese, some olive oil, and your favorite rub. Put it on the smoker at 180-200° for a couple of hours and BAM. You have the newest viral recipe on your table, just waiting for you to share it.

Not only will we show you how to make this simple appetizer, but I’ve also got a ton of variations you can make to meet everyone’s specific tastes and preferences. Get more ideas for Smoked Cream Cheese Recipes here!

Love viral recipes? Try our viral TikTok Butter Candle recipe too!

We also have a great TikTok Feta Pasta recipe as well!

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Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Cream cheese (full fat)
  • Olive oil
  • Roasted Garlic Rub (or your favorite garlicky bbq rub)
  • Shallot (optional)
  • Head of garlic (optional)

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How to make Smoked Cream Cheese

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Preheat your smoker

180° is ideal. 200° works too.


Non-stick foil is your friend

Put it onto a baking sheet and line with non-stick foil. Parchment paper also works pretty well here.


Brush with olive oil

And make some 1/2 inch cross-hatches in the top of the cream cheese if you’d like.



We loved the Roasted Garlic blend from The Spice Guy. It was perfect in this dip!



2 hours is good. 1 1/2 would work in a pinch. Go for 3 if you are brave. You can serve this warm or cold, mix it into a dip or spread it onto a bagel. Whatever. You can eat it with a spoon if you want. I won’t judge.

Try our Mini Bell Pepper Goat Cheese Poppers too!

Smoked Cream Cheese with Roasted Garlic

Smoked Cream Cheese FAQ

Can you use low-fat cream cheese?

I wouldn’t. I haven’t tested it, so it is possible that it could work, but I can’t vouch. Let me know if you do!

Is smoked cream cheese dip better eaten hot or cold?

Both! You can make this and serve it immediately or you can make it ahead of time and chill it before you serve it.

Smoked Cream Cheese Variations

There are so many different ways to switch this up to suit your tastes or try something new! Try one of them below!

Smoked Cream Cheese VariationsRubsDippersToppers
Nashville Hot Cream CheeseNashville Hot Chicken RubCelery + CrackersHot Honey Drizzle
Apple Pie Smoked Cream CheeseCinnamon SugarNilla WafersApple Pie Filling
Taco Smoked Cream CheeseTaco seasoningTortilla StripsHatch Chilies
Jalapeno Jam Smoked Cream CheeseAll-Purpose BBQ RubCrackersJalapeno Jam
Everything Bagel Smoked Cream CheeseEverything Bagel SeasoningBagel ChipsCrumbled Bacon

Try our Smoked Cream Cheese Pasta too!

More OWYD smoked cream cheese to love

We love smoked cream cheese, and have made a bunch of great variations on this original recipe for you to enjoy. Pick one, or a few, and give them a try!

Reader Favorite Recipes

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For a unique and delicious side dish, try the Smoked Mashed Potatoes. Cooking them on a Traeger grill adds a smoky flavor that enhances the creamy texture of the mashed potatoes.

The No-Bake Raspberry Fluff Pie is the perfect dessert for when you want something sweet but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. It’s light, fluffy, and bursting with raspberry flavor.

If you’re a fan of spinach and artichoke dip, you’ll love the Traeger Spinach Artichoke Dip. Adding smoky flavor to this classic dip takes it to the next level.

Looking for a spicy appetizer? Try the Traeger Jalapeno Poppers. These little bites are filled with cream cheese and bacon, and wrapped in smoky grilled jalapenos. They’re sure to be a hit at any party or gathering.

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Yield: 8 servings

Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese

Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese

The TikTok sensation is hitting a grill near you! This smoked cream cheese dip is simple and delicious. You're going to want a slab of this in the fridge pretty much always.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Rub (or your favorite bbq rub)


  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 180°.
  2. Put non-stick foil onto a baking sheet. Place the cream cheese onto the foil and drizzle the oil on top. Make some 1/2 inch thick scores on the top of the cream cheese. Sprinkle the rub on top of the block.
  3. Place the cream cheese pan into the smoker and smoke for 2 hours.
  4. Serve with crackers, rounds of bread, pita chips, or even fritos!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Marcy Rodgers

Sunday 31st of December 2023

Can you use a charcoal grill if you don’t have a pellet grill

John H

Monday 29th of January 2024

@Marcy Rodgers, soak wood chips for at least an hour. Then make a small pile of briquettes on one side of the grill and light them. Place the cream cheese on the opposite side of the grill and use the grill vents to regulate the temp (more air = more heat).

Marcy Rodgers

Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Nicole Johnson, how would I smoke it with charcoal grill need instructions if you have any.

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 31st of December 2023



Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Delicious! “Olive oil” was listed in the ingredients but not referenced in the instructions that I could tell. I left it out, not wanting to make a barrier or anything to prevent smoke penetration. Was just great with just cheese & rub. Served with cracked as a hot pepper jelly…. Crowd pleaser.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Hey Greg! Looks like you might have just missed it. Here's the first part of step 2: "Put non-stick foil onto a baking sheet. Place the cream cheese onto the foil and drizzle the oil on top."

I'm glad it worked out well without it, and that you and your crowd liked it so much! I think its fantastic. Try it mixed with goat cheese sometime! Game-changer!


Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Wow is this delicious! The smoke is not overpowering but adds a really wonderful element to the cream cheese. Thank you!

Mandy Applegate

Thursday 13th of October 2022

The cream cheese came out perfectly smoked and had a great flavor. It was so easy to make and only took a few minutes. I will definitely be making this again.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

This cream cheese dip is amazing! I went with the Nashville hot variation and it was the perfect party app.

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