Smoked Cream Cheese on the Grill

smoked cream cheese
Smoked Cream Cheese

Have you tried smoked cream cheese yet? No? Well why don’t you try it))) It’s been all over TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, so I had to give it a try. It’s so yummy! And it’s so easy.

Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese for this recipe is really a bit of a misnomer since it was prepared on a gas grill and not a charcoal grill or smoker. But the results were great! In fact, I’ve even made it in the air fryer too!

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Ingredients for Smoked Cream Cheese

8 oz cream cheese (you can use one or two depending on how many you need to serve)

Seasonings of choice

1/2 cup topping of choice (I used apricot fruit spread and a medium salsa)

Cooking Instructions

The Pan

The first time I made smoked cream cheese, I grilled it on a piece of tinfoil on a flat cast iron skillet. It was a bit hard to get off the tinfoil so I figured the next time I would try something different.

I picked up a 6.5″ pre-seasoned cast iron skillet at Walmart for around $12 and it was just the perfect size for one 8-oz block of cream cheese and I can serve the smoked cream cheese right from the skillet!

All I did was just spray some cooking spray in the skillet before placing it on the grill.

The Seasonings

You can choose your favorite seasonings for this recipe. Just cover all sides of the cream cheese, top, and bottom. We’ve experimented with a couple of different types and so far, they have all been great.

cream cheese sprinkled with seasoning o all sides cooked in a small skillet
Cream Cheese Seasoned and Scored

The first time I prepared smoked cream cheese I used a Hotty Toddy seasoning and it tasted great. But it was a lighter color seasoning and I thought something darker would have been more appealing to the eye. But it was good and could be my husband’s favorite so far!

I used two 8-oz blocks of cream cheese the first time so we would have enough to share with Carrie and David. They liked it too!

Smoked Cream Cheese with Hotty Toddy Seasoning

We also tried smoked cream cheese with a chili-lime seasoning by Tajin and it was good too along with some cajun seasoning. The main thing to do is just cover all the sides with your favorite one(s).

Once you have the cream cheese covered in seasoning, score with a knife. As it bakes, it will open up a bit and scoring makes it that more appetizing. Just make marks in the cream cheese with a knife but don’t cut all the way through it. As it bakes, the scored areas will open up a bit. Scoring makes it look delicious!

cream cheese scored
Smoked Cream Cheese Scored & Baked on the Grill

Grill or Smoke

Preheat the grill to 200 degrees. I placed the cream cheese off to the side for an indirect heat method, but grills vary so just experiment. It’s a lot more trouble to fire up the charcoal grill so I took the easy way out))) Heck, I’ve even prepared this in the air fryer! On my Ninja air fryer, I had to select the dehydrate mode and use a temperature of 185 degrees. It worked! The lowest air fryer temp or bake temp was too high for smoked cream cheese.


We have tried peach preserves, chunky salsa, and apricot fruit spread. I think the peach and apricot are my favorites. Serve smoked cream cheese hot with crackers or chips. It’s so yummy!


Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. Just reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds or let it come to room temperature. The cream cheese does harden back up a bit once it’s refrigerated. But it warms up deliciously!

If you have tried it, I would love to hear about your experience!

recipe for smoking cream cheese on a gas grill
smoked cream cheese topped with apricot preserves and served with crackers
Smoked Cream Cheese with Apricot Fruit Spread
smoked cream cheese
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5 from 2 votes

Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese cooked on a gas grill. Smoked is a bit of a misnomer, since the cream cheese is actually cooked on a gas grill, but it's still has wonderful flavor from it's seasonings and slow cooking. Try it! It's so easy and so good topped with fruit preserves or salsa and served with crispy crackers or chips.
Prep Time5 minutes
2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked cream cheese dip, smoked cream cheese
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 72kcal



Prepare Pan

  • Spray cast iron skillet with cooking spray
    cooking spray

Add Seasonings



Calorie calculation does not include crackers or chips.


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Since I don’t have a grill, I’m interested in the air fryer mode. You stated you tried it in the dehydrator setting at 185 degrees. How long do you cook it in there?? Thanks!! Pam

    1. A good two hours and since the temp would be lower than on the grill, you might want to turn it to bake for the last 15 min or so and turn the temp up a bit. Sort of trial and error!

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