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Offline LanduytG

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Best Cheese Smoke
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:27:13 am »
Going to be smoking my triple smoked bacon in in a couple of days. I was going to use hickory. However I plan to put some cheese in to and I'm thinking that hickory might be to strong. This will be the first cheese I've done so really sure what to use?

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Offline Dano

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 05:52:23 am »
I've seen a few posts that mention hickory but not sure which type of cheese.  I know fruitwoods are popular, along with pecan.  I'll have to let the experts weigh in on this though.   I have a note saved about this to not let the temp get above 80F(max!) for a cold smoke and that pepper jack cheese is supposed to work well.  :)

You could meet in the middle and do hickory the first day, then apple or hickory with cheese the second cold smoke, then back to hickory for the cold/hot smoke.  I've never tried it but it sounds like it would work...
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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 06:16:01 am »
I might be inclined to follow Dano's suggestion of using a different wood on the middle day and smoke your cheese on that day. I have never tried hickory with cheese so I don't know for sure but it might be to strong. I've always used either apple or alder. I think I'd go hickory, apple, hickory on the bacon and do the cheese on apple day. I would also use no more than 2 hours of smoke on the cheese so you could switch back to hickory for the 3rd hour on day 2 if you wanted. The thing that's hardest about smoking cheese is the fact that its a month later before you really know how it turned out. What kind of cheese are you planning to smoke?
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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 06:54:46 am »
I mainly use apple wood for cheese, but have used hickory and oak but that will give you a stronger smoke. So it depends on your own taste. I would suggest apple for your first cheese smoke and apple is great on bacon also.  :)

Offline MoHuka

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 12:54:46 pm »
I have used Pecan and Cherry for cheese and definitely prefer the Cherry.....
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Offline Jim O

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 01:05:24 pm »
I only use hickory ( 2 hrs ) for my cheese (any kind). Always get rave reviews !
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Offline LanduytG

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 02:28:27 pm »
Thanks guys, I have apple an d pecan so the second day I will do one of those.

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 07:37:57 pm »
I really like hickory with cheese. I also gave mesquite a try, just because that was all I had, and I wasn't crazy about it, though some friends really liked my "mesquite mozza."

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 01:49:10 am »
For the triple smoke you should make the bacon the priority on smoke flavor. When I make triple smoke I prefer pecan, but have had very good success with apple or maple - or a combination of the two. All three are also good for cheese, except the pecan will be a little more stronger than the apple or maple.


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Offline TedEbear

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 04:22:28 am »
I've tried several flavors on cheese.  My latest batch was with hickory for 3 hours.  We waited for 7 weeks before trying it but it seemed to have turned out pretty well.  I used pellets instead of pucks, if that makes any difference.

Offline MrSlick

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2014, 10:51:50 am »
I use apple and hickory for my cheese smokes.  I like a stronger smoke flavor and prefer to use hickory if the cheese is just for me.  A lot of my friends and family have milder tastes and seem to like apple better when I put both out together. 

Offline sage03

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Re: Best Cheese Smoke
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2014, 05:36:24 am »
I love apple, maple and pecan. Mostly apple, Hickory tends to be a bit overpowering to the wife and I. just my 2 cents. ;D ;D