Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese is fire in a lot of ways. One, it’s super spicy. Two, it’s cooked with fire. Three, it also tastes absolutely delicious! I thought I’d give this trend a whirl with my own taste of home twist. Two blocks of cream cheese and my Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning kick things off.

We brought it back home with some local Nashville Hot Chicken and finished with a drizzle of honey. This one was spicy… even for me, but oh so good, I kept coming back for more. Keep reading for the fiery details below. 

Adding chicken and pickles to Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese


You may have seen this smoked cream cheese trend making its way across the different forms of social media. I, of course, saw it and thought I’d actually jump on the trend this time. As with any trend, it’s fun to find a way to make it your own. That’s when I had the idea of pairing it with some Nashville Hot Chicken. It just felt right to give it a try since I’m a Nashville local. Also, I have my own Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning with Spiceology, so it felt like a good blend of my city and me. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Elevate your appetizer game with this Smoked Cream Cheese recipe, the perfect appetizer for your next party. This delicious recipe smokes full-fat cream cheese covered in Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning for the ultimate party dip. The best part is that this recipe is quick, tastes delicious, and you can customize it using your favorite seasonings! Try it today and impress your guests at your next get-together. 

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  • Blocks of Cream Cheese
  • Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning
  • Tenders of local Nashville Hot Chicken chopped
  • Pickles chopped
  • Honey for garnish
  • Canola Oil
  • Thick Cut Wavy Chips for dipping

How to Make Smoked Cream Cheese

I did really love how this Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese turned out. I started with two blocks of regular cream cheese. It’s important to note that I pulled this cream cheese straight from the fridge. This helps the cream cheese blocks to hold their shape while seasoning them. Next, I placed a drop of oil on each side and used a brush to spread it over the surface of the cream cheese. Then, I used a sharp knife to score the top of the cream cheese rectangles in a crosshatch pattern. I did this because it will help the cream cheese soak in more of that smoky flavor throughout the cooking process.

Starting Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese

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The last step for our prep work is seasoning. I used my Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning from one of my original Spiceology lines. This seasoning does bring the heat… but maybe not all the heat. There are definitely rubs out there that bring more spice, but I wanted this rub to be approachable for anyone who wanted to try some hot chicken. Alas, it was fun using it in a different way for this smoked cream cheese since it helps bridge the gap between the cheese and hot chicken. 


Speaking of hot chicken, it’s probably time that I told you my secret about the hot chicken used in this recipe. That is, I didn’t cook it… *gasp*

When you live in a city known for hot chicken, it’s hard not to go to one of the world-famous restaurants. That said, I have done hot chicken recipes before. You can check out those hot chicken recipes here if you’d like. Here’s another one. However, this time around, I decided to go to one of my local favorites and order some of their hot chicken. This way, I could focus on smoking the cream cheese because it’s the star of this recipe.


Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese is served

It’s easy! Simply preheat your smoker to 275F and then place your seasoned cream cheese in an oiled cast iron skillet. Take that skillet and place it in the smoker for about an hour and a half. You’ll know the cream cheese is ready to go once it softens up on all sides.

About 15 minutes before the cream cheese is done, add your sliced hot chicken and chopped pickles to the skillet. Place it all back in the smoker to finish cooking. Then, remove the skillet from the smoker, and it’s time to enjoy!

I garnished the top of the cream cheese block with a drizzle of honey and also served it with some salt and pepper kettle chips. Best enjoyed with friends and family! Cheers!


  • Use a piece of aluminum foil if the top of the cheese browns too quickly. 
  • Use a cheese knife to spread the creamy cheese over the chips or crackers. 

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How to Store Leftovers & Reheat

Store leftover smoked cream cheese in an airtight container or cover in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

To reheat: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Place leftover cream cheese dip in a baking dish and reheat for 10 minutes or until warm.

What to serve with Smoked Cream Cheese

I served Nashville Hot Chicken with mine, but feel free to pair some SMOKED DOUBLE FRIED WINGS or NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN WINGS with your smoked cream cheese! Some other quick options are bagel chips, pita chips, tortilla chips, or your favorite crackers. 

Recipe FAQs

Can I use low-fat cream cheese for this recipe?

Yes, although I highly recommend using full-fat cream cheese as it has a ton more flavor. 

What type of smoker should I use for this recipe?

Feel free to use a pellet smoker, gas smoker, electric smoker, or gas smoker!

Do I have to use the Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning?

Nope! Feel free to use whatever type of dry seasonings you like, such as taco seasoning, bagel seasoning, ranch seasoning, cajun seasoning, or your favorite BBQ rub! 

What other garnishes can I use for this easy appetizer?

Top your cream cheese creation with some green onions, hot honey, pepper jelly, or whatever else you like!

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The smoked cream cheese assembled on the smoker.

Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese

This Nashville Hot Smoked Cream Cheese will have your whole family running back for another bite, and possibly a glass milk.
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 People


  • 2 x 8oz Blocks of Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning
  • 6 Tenders of local Nashville Hot Chicken chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Pickles chopped
  • 1 tbsp of Honey for garnish
  • 1.5 tsp of Canola Oil
  • Thick Cut Wavy Chips for dipping


  • Preheat your smoker to 275F for indirect cooking. Add some wood chips or wood chunks for additional smoke flavor if you like.
  • Make a crosshatch scoring pattern on one side of each of your cream cheese blocks.
  • Lather with canola oil then season with my Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning.
  • Grease a cast iron skillet and place the cream cheese blocks, scored side up, next to each other in the center of the skillet.
  • Add the skillet to your smoker and cook for 1.5 hours until the side of the cheese is very soft.
  • Make your own or snag some local hot chicken! Slice each tender up and set aside.
  • Dice up some pickles while you are at it too.
  • About 20 minutes before the cream cheese is done, add the chopped chicken to the skillet around the cheese. Add your diced pickles on top of the cream cheese.
  • Finish cooking and pull off the smoker once done.
  • Serve your skillet with a drizzle of honey on top and chips on the side. Enjoy!



Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 603IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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  1. My favorite smoked cream cheese seasoning is Derek’s Smoked Chipotle Mezcal seasoning. Haven’t found anything that touches it.