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I’m going to show you how to cold smoke cheese on your grill, it is after all a great fall activity! As cool weather rolls in, there’s nothing like making your own smoked cheese at home. Let’s learn how easy it is to cold smoke cheese on the grill! We’ll also check out our new rig, the FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System. It’s a cinch to use and seals up the smoked cheese perfectly!

Learn how to cold smoke cheese on your BBQ grill. Making cold smoked cheese is real easy to do, and today is the day you're going to learn! Follow this tutorial and learn how we smoke cheese and #SealToSavor with the FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System! #grill #grilling #smokedcheese #cheese #food

As you may have guessed, we’re not firing up the grill. We’re cold smoking, which means we don’t want the heat, we just want the smoke! As a matter of fact, you really want to do your cold smoking when the temperatures are below 70 degrees F., and you don’t want the inside of your grill to go above 90 degrees F. We’ll talk about ways to keep the grill cool, but with fall approaching quickly and winter nipping at it’s heels, we’ll be making cold smoked cheese in style for the next several months!

How to smoke cheese on a grill. Learn how easy it is to make smoke infused cheese on a barbecue grill and seal in the flavor with a vacuum sealer bag!

How To Cold Smoke Cheese

Preparing cold smoked cheese is literally one of my favorite fall activities, and it will soon become yours too. Nope, you don’t need a smoke house or a big fancy smoker to make fantastic cold smoked cheese at home. Follow these easy instructions for cold smoking cheese on your grill, and your taste buds will be dancing in no time! Toss it on a platter with some meat, crackers, and jam — it’s a perfect snack to enjoy around the fire pit!

Smoked cheese tutorial! Making smoked cheese and serving on a cheese platter!

What you’ll need

How to smoke cheese, served with smoked meat and crackers.

Cold Smoked Cheese On Your Grill

It’s easy to make smoked cheese at home on your grill.

Cold smoking cheese on a BBQ grill.

Pro Tip: Use trays of ice to keep your grill cool – ideal smoking weather is below 70 degrees F. and in the shade. You must keep the inside of your grill below 90 degrees F. or your cheese will melt and make a big flippin’ mess! I make sure my grill does not go over 85 degrees F. by using a digital grill thermometer, ice trays and keeping an eye on things.

How to cold smoke cheese.

Today was 68 degrees and contrary to what the weatherman said, the sun made an appearance. Therefore, I also placed my umbrella over the grill so the sun wasn’t beating straight down on it.

Step 1

Fill your smoker tube with pellets and light it up. I use a kitchen torch to get things going quickly!

Lighting the A-Maze-N Tube To Make Smoked Cheese.

Use a grill glove to carefully lay the smoker tube down on it’s side, close the grill lid and let the smoke begin to build for a few minutes. While the smoker tube is building up a steady burn, get your cheese and ice trays ready, and place everything on the grill. I place my cheese on the top rack and ice trays below them.

How to cold smoke cheese! Tutorial for cold smoking cheese at home. It's real easy!

Step 2

Close the lid and let it smoke for about 1.5 to 2 hours. You can rearrange the cheese throughout the smoking session. I like to rotate the smoking cheese at least twice and flip it too, because the heat from the smoke tube can warm up the cheese that is sitting directly above it.

Cold Smoked Cheese! Easy directions for cold smoked cheese on the barbecue grill. Learn how to cold smoke cheese.

Step 3

When the cheese has smoked for 1.5 to 2 hours, remove it from the grill and vacuum pack it with your FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System – see detailed instructions below!

Cold smoked cheese vacuum sealing with the Foodsaver.

Vacuum sealing smoked cheese with the Foodsaver.

Smoked cheese being vacuum sealed with Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer and Sealer Roll Bags!

Step 4

Refrigerate for about one week before enjoying. Cut into blocks or slices and serve with meats like pepperoni or summer sausage, crackers, and jam.

How To Smoke Cheese On Grill

Smoked cheese and meat.

Smoked cheese platter with meat and crackers.

Using hard cheeses are the best choice for making cold smoked cheese at home because they typically have a moisture content of 50% or less, and will hold up better when smoking in your grill.

Smoked cheese on the barbecue grill served on a platter with smoked meat, crackers and jam.

FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System

We love our new FoodSaver® FM 5200 Vacuum Sealing System, it’s a worth-while investment for sure! From hunting and fishing to meal prep and storage, this thing will save us time and money.

Smoking cheese, using Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer System to preserve the smoke flavor and age the cheese.

Whether you’re trying to keep foods fresher longer, or making delicious smoked cheese, FoodSaver® is the solution. It keeps food fresh up to 5x longer* and helps prevent freezer burn (*compared to ordinary storage methods).

FoodSaver FM 5200 Series Vacuum Sealing System Food

The FoodSaver® FM5200

Use the FoodSaver® to save time and make entertaining effortless. You can marinate foods in minutes instead of hours, cook ahead, batch cook your meals and plan out your entire week with ease! These are just a few reasons that we decided to pick one up!

Foodsaver FM5200 vacuum sealer.

Yes, it’s the one you’re thinking of FoodSaver® — As Seen On TV, and we’ve watched it in action many times. Finally, we grabbed one at Walmart — and it’s on Rollback! Now you can quit tossing food in the bin and have so much less waste, you won’t know what to do with the extra cash, perhaps a vacation is in order!

Rollback offer at Walmart:

  • FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System – $142.99 (original price $169) – from 9/15 – 12/22, online only. Get it here.
  • FoodSaver® 11″ x 16′ Vacuum Seal Roll, 2 Pack – $15.99 (original price $17.98) – from 9/15 – 12/22, online only. Stock up here.

How To Use Your FoodSaver® FM5200

The FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System is real easy to use.

Read the owners manual and let’s get sealing! Plug in the machine and turn it on with the power button. Install the FoodSaver® 11″ x 16′ Vacuum Seal Roll and you’re ready to roll.

Cut and Seal Foodsaver Lever

Installing the FoodSaver® 11″ x 16′ Vacuum Seal Roll is really easy. Unlock the lever, flip open the Seal and Cut Bar, insert the roll and pull the bag until it reaches the white line. Close the Seal and Cut bar, move the lever to seal and it will automatically make the first seal!

Installing vacuum bag roll in Foodsaver Vacuum system.

Next we’ll make our first bag. Unlock the lever and pull the bag to the desired length, figure about 3 inches longer than the food item you wish to vacuum seal.

Measure size bag for Foodsaver vacuum seal roll to cut for food.

Once you have the size you’d like, flip the lever back to the seal position. This will create the bottom seal for the next bag. The red seal light will pulse while the seal is being created. No need to even press that Seal button, it’s automatic when you flip the lever!

Foodsaver Seal light on Vacuum Sealer

Third, slide the bag cutter across to cut the bag free. Because you’re in control, you have just created a bag exactly the size you need.

Cutting the Foodsaver Vacuum Seal bag roll length.

Seal In The Freshness

Place a block of smoked cheese inside the newly created bag.

Cold smoking cheese and vacuum sealing with a Foodsaver to seal in the smoke flavor and age the cheese.

With both hands, slide the open end of the bag inside the vacuum seal window. Once the open end is visible through the window, press and release the vacuum seal bar with both hands. Use your knuckles, it’s real easy to do.

Smoking cheese and then vacuum sealing it.

The vacuum seal window will close and grip the bag, beginning the vacuum seal process. Once the red light turns off, the vacuum sealing is complete and you’re ready to store your food. Yeah, this is my first round with the vacuum sealer, so my bag is a little big. I’m sure I’ll hone in my skills, as will you.

Smoked cheese sealed in a vacuum sealer bag.

Repeat for each block of cheese. The multi-layer, BPA-free vacuum-seal bags are flexible enough to hug food and seal effectively without gaps. They are best for long-term freezer storage, blocking out air and helping to prevent freezer burn. Keep food fresh in less time with less steps*

*Compared to FoodSaver V4440 Models

Vacuum sealing smoked Parmesan cheese

As you can see, you can vacuum seal all shapes and sizes of cheese, and other foods of course! I did a little better with the bag size on this one…

How to smoke cheese and store them in a foodsaver vacuum bag.

Store the sealed smoked cheese away in the refrigerator for a week before diving in… Yes, after you taste test a little bit. 😉 And I know, it’s hard to wait and we all end up cracking the seal a little early, but it is worth waiting.

Letting the cheese rest for a week after smoking it allows the smoke flavor to penetrate deep and takes off the bitter edge that you’ll experience with freshly smoked cheese.

Anyway, this is my process. It’s real simply and the cheese is always delicious!

Gouda, Provolone, and Cheddar Cheese smoked and vacuum sealed

Besides smoked cheese, the possibilities are endless with the FoodSaver® FM5200. So don’t forget to swing into your local Walmart, check out the home section and you’ll find the FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System and FoodSaver® 11″ x 16′ Vacuum Seal Roll, 2 Pack right in the food storage aisle.

Foodsaver Vacuum Seal System at Walmart

Walmart carries the Foodsaver Food Storage System

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We love smoked cheese served with meat and crackers,on a salad, or on burgers! The combinations are endless!

Smoked cheese and meat.

How To Cold Smoke Cheese On A Grill

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How to smoke cheese at home on a grill.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins


  • A grill or smoker
  • A smoking tube and wood smoking pellets - we're using Cherry but Pecan or Hickory is also a good choice for smoked cheese.
  • Hard cheeses of your choice Sharp Cheddar, Jalapeno Cheddar, Asiago, Gouda, Provolone etc...
  • FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System
  • FoodSaver® 11" x 16' Vacuum Seal Roll 2 Pack
  • Patience
  • Meat Crackers and Jam to serve with your cheese.


  • Fill your smoker tube with wood pellets and ignite.
  • Close the grill lid and let the smoke begin to build for a couple of minutes.
  • Add your cheese to your grill, remembering where you're putting each variety of cheese.
  • Close the lid and let it smoke for about 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • If you need to refill your smoke tube, do so carefully with proper gloves.
  • When cheese has smoked for 1.5 to 2 hours, remove it from the grill and vacuum pack it with your FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System - label the cheese with a marker if you wish
  • Refrigerate for about 1 week before enjoying
  • Cut into blocks or slices and serve with meats like pepperoni or summer sausage, and crackers


To keep your grill cool add tin trays of ice. Do not allow your grill to get above 85 degrees F. or your cheese may melt! 90 degrees F. is the melting point of most cheeses.

Note: The FoodSaver® FM5200 is an indoor appliance, but it was such a beautiful fall day I decided to vacuum pack my smoked cheese outside!

How do you like to enjoy smoked cheese?

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