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Easy Smoked Cheddar

Yield Makes 2 (16-ounce) blocks

Ingredients

  • Hickory wood chips
  • 2 (16-ounce) blocks Cheddar cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Cheesecloth

How to Make It

  1. Soak wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Place 1 cheese block on top of the other; coat with cooking spray. Place lengthwise in center of a 24-inch piece of cheesecloth. Tightly wrap cheesecloth around stacked cheese. Place wrapped cheese crosswise in center of another 24-inch piece cheesecloth; tightly wrap.

  4. Drain chips, and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker; add water to depth of fill line. Place wrapped cheese, seam side down, on upper food rack; cover with smoker lid.

  5. Cook cheese 2 hours.