As an avid lover of cheeses I have been biding my time till the weather cools here in Central California. Decided to just go for it and used the advise of various Forum member posts. Purchased and setup a smoke adapter and used ice in the bottom of the OBS.
Bought some cheese at Costco for the 1st smoke
Top rack: Kirkland Sharp Cheddar, Cabot Pepper Jack, and Yancey’s Fancy Horseradish Cheddar
2nd rack from top: Kirkland Monterey Jack and Costco Gouda
3rd rack from top: Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar (aged 3 years) and Jarlsberg Swiss
Cheese sat at room temperature for an hour. Placed in OBS @ 8:45 PM with an ambient temperature of 70º. Maverick temp measured below top rack was 67º with a tray of ice on the bottom. Applied 2 hours of Apple smoke
Was surprised at the amount of smoke generated. No wonder they say it tastes like an ashtray when first removed
After an hour the ambient temp dropped to 67º but the internal OBS temp rose to 78º
After 2 hours the ambient temp dropped to 65º and the internal OBS temp reached 81º
Here’s what it looked like
Let the cheese rest for an hour on the counter. It really reeked of smoke – like an ashtray. I know what an ashtray smells like cause I smoked for 30 years but quit 10+ years ago Was smart enough not to taste it, even though I kind of wanted to, cause everyone has said how bad it tastes
Vacuum packed and labeled for storage in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks … Finished and hit the sack around 1 AM but it was worth it
Used 2 hours of Apple for the 1st smoke cause that seemed to be the most common postings. Only time will tell but I think the cheese will turn out great. The cheese will be a great hit at Thanksgiving along with some smoked turkey breast. Will report back in 3 to 4 weeks. Want to thank everyone that has shared their experiences with smoked cheese. It made my first cheese smoke easy. Thinking that an OBS temp of 81º should not have harmed to process.