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!
Get all of my Easy Traeger Recipes here!
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 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 Variations
|Nashville Hot Cream Cheese
|Nashville Hot Chicken Rub
|Celery + Crackers
|Hot Honey Drizzle
|Apple Pie Smoked Cream Cheese
|Apple Pie Filling
|Taco Smoked Cream Cheese
|Jalapeno Jam Smoked Cream Cheese
|All-Purpose BBQ Rub
|Everything Bagel Smoked Cream Cheese
|Everything Bagel Seasoning
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!
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- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Rub (or your favorite bbq rub)
- Preheat your pellet grill to 180°.
- 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.
- Place the cream cheese pan into the smoker and smoke for 2 hours.
- Serve with crackers, rounds of bread, pita chips, or even fritos!
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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.
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.