Cream Cheese! Will it BBQ?
Will it BBQ? Cream Cheese!
In this segment we pose the question and the answer to Will it BBQ? So much more than just hamburgers, hot dogs, and other meats can be BBQ'd, Grilled, or Smoked. And, this is where we try out unique ideas for cooking on a grill or smoker. This week we are BBQ'ing Cream Cheese and letting you know if it will BBQ or not!!
InstructionsThis one was very simple, take your cream cheese out of the package, put it in a foil pan or some pan you don't mind putting in your smoker and smoke it for about an hour at 150 degrees. We initially were worried about the cream cheese melting and running all over the pan but it stayed in it's block form. If I did this again I would cut the cream cheese into smaller blocks to expose more of the surface area to allow it to pick up even more smoke.
So, Will it BBQ?
The Cream Cheese picked up a lot of smoke, especially around the outside edges that were exposed to the smoke. This was an absolute YES, it will BBQ! Smoked Cream Cheese was awesome, we spread it on a bagel with some cured salmon and it was a delicious smoky and savory meal!
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A favorite recipe on one of the smoke rings I belong to is for “Atomic Buffalo Turds” or ABT’s… these are a jalapeno stuffed with spiced cream cheese and topped with bacon then smoked to perfection! Some one once posed the question “can they be stored in the freezer”? Nobody was ever able to answer the question because no matter how many anybody had ever made, there were NEVER any left over… So, a resounding YES… cream cheese smokes incredibly well!
We did Stuffed Jalapenos here but wrapped them in prosciutto instead of bacon and they were amazing! That’s been a few years though and we did not do any video on them so maybe it is time to try them again, with a test to see if they will freeze or not. My thought is that they will, the bacon or whatever we use will probably get soggy but I’ll check this out and hopefully will have a video in a few weeks. Thanks for the suggestion!
I wish we could help out more on this one, but this is using someone else’s recipe and process in a way I don’t feel comfortable with (since they recommend not using a cure or nitrite/nitrate). There really isn’t an answer I’d feel safe giving you since this is not something we’ve done and tested like this before.
My suggestion on hams is always to follow our standard recipe here:
My best alternative suggestion is to look for more information from a state University Meat Extension Department. They have usually done the proper research and development to provide better guidance. The University of Missouri has an article here that might be of help: https://extension2.missouri.edu/g2526
For the future, I’ll see if we can develop a recipe and process here to provide better guidance towards processing hams in this manner.
New to the forum and excited to learn! Looking to smoke my first batch of summers on my smoker. I noticed they have strings for hanging, but my smoker is set up more like a traditional barrel grill.
Questions: If I lay my summers on the grate of the smoker, will the casings burst/burn?
Thanks in advance!
The article does not cover when to cold smoke a cured ham. I have 16 wild hog hams in brine as of last night. I need to know at what point do I put them in the smoke house for this phase of the process.
For this version of Landjaeger, we did actually cook it. It could be made differently, but for our entry level MeatgisticsU course, it’s easier and safer to give instructions on doing a proper thermal processing. (Someday we will have to try to get to doing a completely traditional dry cured version.)
Smoked Meat Stabilizer and Sodium Erythorbate are similar to each other, but definitely not a replacement for a real cure, like Sure Cure. They simply act as cure accelerators, speeding up the conversion of nitrite in sausage during thermal processing. Using an accelerator (like one of these, or Encapsulated Citric Acid) allows you to skip the holding stage after stuffing and go straight into the smokehouse.
In the ‘Meat Block’ you don’t list using a cure. The packet of Landjaeger seasoning I purchased came with a packet of Cure.
As this is a sausage that is ment to be consumed without cooking shouldn’t a cure be used. I know you put in the wrap up about using Smoked Meat Stabilizer or Sodium Erythorbate are they equivalent to using a true cure.
You shouldn’t have a noticeable difference in stuffing based upon the difference of using a grinder or a bowl chopper.
Your biggest help in making stuffing easier will be using plenty of water. At least 1 quart per 25 lb meat block, but up to 2 quarts is even better. And, your lean to fat ratio will make a difference. Leaner meat will be harder to stuff while a higher fat content will make things easier. Keep the meat as cold as possible too and that will help make things a little easier to stuff as well.