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Smoked Cheez Its

Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

This Smoked Cheez Its recipe is easy to make, addictive, and versatile. They are crackers coated in butter and worcestershire sauce, then tossed in seasoning, and smoked to perfection. They are the perfect snack for parties, tailgating, or movie night.

For more smoked recipes, check these out: Smoked Peach Cobbler, and Smoked Cream Cheese.

Smoked Cheez Its close up to see seasoning and texture

My dad and I have been completely obsessed with the smoker lately. We have been smoking everything from cauliflower to chicken to cheeses, and everything in between. But I got to say, this is by far our favorite snack we have smoked so I had to share it with you. It adds the best smokey flavor to the Cheez Its.

Why You’ll Love This Smoked Cheez It Crackers Recipe

  • Oh so easy. There is literally nothing complicated about this recipe. Throw the ingredients together in an aluminum pan and then smoke. That’s all.
  • Addicting flavor. Our family is obsessed with Cheez Its in general, but these are on a completely different level: smoky, salty, and spicy.
  • Endless possibilities. This recipe is so easy to make your own, you can have a completely different snack every time you make them. Use any flavor Cheez Its and seasoning you want.

Video Tutorial

Ingredients For Smoked Cheez Its

  • Cheez It Crackers: I stick with traditional Cheez Its for this recipe. The only ones I do not recommend are the Extra Toasty because they will get a little too toasty, if you know what I mean.
  • Butter: This is what sticks your seasoning to the Cheez Its and keeps them from drying out. Some recipes call for olive oil but I like them with butter much butter.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Adds an additional layer of flavor.
  • Seasoning: I used a mix of Citrusy Garlic seasoning with red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Feel free to use whatever you like (I have recommendations below).
Ingredients. Cheez Its, melted butter, worcestershire sauce, seasoning.

How To Make Smoked Cheez Its

This is a short summary of the steps, the recipe card below will have more details.

  1. Heat smoker to 200° F.
  2. Mix together the Cheez Its, melted butter, worcestershire sauce, and seasoning in a large bowl.
  3. Pour into an aluminum baking pan.
  4. Smoke the Cheez Its for around 2 hours.
  5. Cool completely before serving and snacking!
Cheez Its in an aluminum pan ready to go into the smoker.

How to Store Smoked Cheez Its

Once your Smoked Cheez Its are completely cooled, transfer them to an airtight container or gallon ziploc bag. You will want to store them in a cool, dry place and they will keep for up to two weeks.

What Spices Do You Use On Smoked Cheez Its?

The possibilities are endless and there is really no right or wrong way to seasoning the Cheez Its, it is all up to taste preference. I recommend making multiple batches and testing them to see which ones your crew loves the most. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ranch: Just use a 1 ounce packet of Ranch seasoning.
  • Taco: Use a 1 ounce packet of Taco Seasoning.
  • BBQ: Try it with your favorite BBQ seasoning mixes.
  • Chili: Grab a 1 ounce Chili seasoning mix packet to use.
  • Everything Bagel: Add a combination of Everything Bagel Seasoning, garlic powder, and salt.

What Kind of Pellets Should I Use For Smoking Cheez Its?

For this recipe I used a mixture of Apple and Competition Blend pellets by Pit Boss. I honestly think any flavor pellets would work well: mesquite, cherry, hickory, maple, or a combination. Every pellet has a different flavor and smoke strength, so just play around with it until you find your favorites.

Cheez Its in a large bowl and spilled over the sides.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

I do not have a smoker, can I bake Cheez Its?

Of course! Just bake the Cheez Its in the oven (200° F for two hours, stirring every 20 minutes, the same as if you were smoking them). You can add a half teaspoon of liquid smoke to the butter and worcestershire sauce before adding it to the Cheez Its to give some of the smoke flavor that would be lacking.

Can I substitute Cheez Its for other types of crackers?

YES! I like using the White Cheddar Cheez Its mixed with Ranch seasoning. You can also use Cheddar Jack, reduced fat variety, etc. I just do not recommend the Extra Toasty Cheez Its because they tend to get a little too toasty.

My smoker has a water pan in it, should I fill it?

No, not unless you want soggy Cheez Its.

Bowl of smoked Cheez Its piled high

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Smoked Cheez Its close up to see seasoning and texture

Smoked Cheez Its

Elizabeth Swoish
Fire up your smoker because this is going to become your favorite go-to smoked snack! These tasty Smoked Cheez Its are easy to smoke, addictive to snack on, and can be seasoned any way you like.
Prep Time 5 mins
Smoker Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 8
Calories 196 kcal

Equipment

  • Smoker; I use a Pit Boss Vertical Smoker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Cheez Its
  • 5 tablespoons butter; melted
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons seasoning; I used a Citrusy Garlic blend mixed with red pepper flakes and cayenne

Instructions
 

  • Preheat smoker to 200° F.
  • In a large bowl combine the Cheez Its, melted butter, worcestershire sauce, and seasoning.
  • Pour the seasoned Cheez Its into an aluminum pan.
  • Smoke for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
  • Remove the Smoked Cheez Its from the smoker and allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

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Notes

Storing Information:
  • In an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to two weeks.
Instructions for Baking in the Oven:
  • Follow the directions exactly the same, as if you were smoking them. Bake at 200° F for two hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
Smoked Cheez Its Variations (seasoning):
  • 1 ounce packet of Ranch seasoning
  • 1 ounce packet of Taco Seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons of BBQ seasoning mix.
  • 1 ounce Chili seasoning mix packet 
  • 1 tablespoon Everything Bagel Seasoning, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.
Keyword PIT BOSS RECIPES, SMOKED, SMOKED CHEEZ ITS, SMOKED CRACKERS, SMOKER RECIPES

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By Elizabeth Swoish on September 9th, 2022

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