Oh, yes, people laughed when I brought up the idea of smoking Velveeta. “Why?” “Are you insane?” You name it, I heard it. But I was not deterred because in my mind I had already tasted smoked Velveeta mac-and-cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches and they tasted fantastic.
I used the exact same process that I use for cold smoking cheese blocks except that I froze the Velveeta overnight first. Velveeta gets soft even at room temperature, so by freezing it I was helping to guarantee that it didn’t melt on a smoker. And it didn’t! It came out absolutely amazing! Next time, I’m loading up my smoker big time with Velveeta! This stuff is awesome!
I use an A-Maze-N smoke tube when cold smoking. It gives me perfect control over the temperature and produces consistent smoke. I buy wood pellets and stuff the tube completely, then light one end. The tube stays lit for a few hours, perfect for smoking cheese. I highly recommend it. It’s also great for adding smoke flavor to dishes being cooked on a gas grill.
The first thing I made with smoked Velvetta was, of course, macaroni and cheese!
- Unwrap the Velveeta. Place on a plate and place in the freezer for at least 24 hours.
- Fire up your smoker for cold smoking. If you don't have an A-Maze-N smoking tube you can still cold smoke with just a few briquettes and a chunk or two of wood.
- Make sure you keep the temperature below 90 F, and preferably at 70 F.
- Place the Velveeta on a grate or in a disposable pan and transfer to the smoker.
- Smoke for 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how strong you want the smoke flavor. If the cheese begins to sweet wipe it dry and make sure the temperature is staying low.
- Remove from the smoker and let cool completely. Place in a vacuum sealer bag or resealable bag and close. Refrigerate for a least 2 weeks before using.