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Smoked Cheesy Corn

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How do you make corn better? Well, of course, you add cream cheese and shredded cheddar and then smoke it nice and slow to make smoked cheesy corn!

I took the liberty to also add diced jalapeño, diced red pepper, crushed red peppers and chives and I even roasted the corn a little first. It's good, you'll love it, enough said!

If you already have the smoker going anyway, this is a great addition!

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 180-200°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: N/A
  • Recommended Wood: Apple, pecan, or cherry
  • Servings: 6
What You'll Need
  • 48 ounces corn, fresh or frozen (canned will work if drained and dried really well)
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese, cheddar, pepper jack, etc. (use your favorite)
  • 2 medium jalapeños, cleaned and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 TBS of chopped chives
  • 2 TBS Jeff's Texas style rub
  • 1 TBS crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stick butter (¼ lb)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream (for adding at the end if needed to make it more creamy)
Step 1: Prepare Ingredients

Clean the jalapeños and remove seeds. Dice and set aside.

Clean the red pepper then slice and dice half of it. The other half makes great snacks to eat while you're waiting ;-)

Leave the cream cheese sitting out for an hour or more to soften before ready to use.

Shred the hard cheese, you'll need about 1 cup but feel free to shred extra. Abi helped with this one and went a little crazy with it!

Chop enough chives to make about ¼ cup but not too finely. It's for flavor and color so you want them to be very visible.

Drain/dry the corn – if the corn is anything other than fresh, it will need to be drained and dried in order for it to roast properly. I used frozen corn in the most recent batch to ensure it would work well. I placed a few paper towels in the bottom of a bowl and poured the corn into that to soak up any extra moisture.

I don't recommend canned corn but if that's all you have, just drain and dry the best you can and go from there.

Fire roasting the corn is not necessary but it does add a flavor profile to the corn that is unique and delicious so I recommend it.

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Step 2: Fire the Corn

Pour 2-3 TBS of olive oil or vegetable oil into a large iron skillet and turn the heat on high.

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When the pan get good and hot, pour the corn into the pan and be ready to stir as it will start popping!

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Once the corn settles down, let it sit and brown for 5-7 minutes. Once it starts browning, stir it around. Keep stirring every few minutes until it gets as brown as you like it.

This takes about 12-15 minutes so if you can have a helper dicing and shredding while you make the fire corn, it ends up being about right. Otherwise, you can do all the prep ahead of time.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients Into Pan

Pour the fired corn into a half-size foil pan.

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Add the cheeses, peppers, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, butter, chives and seasoning to the pan.

Note: you do not need to stir everything together yet. I usually wait until it's been in the smoker for a while so the cheeses and butter can get melty.

I forgot to add the butter in the image below.. I added it later after it was in the smoker.

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Step 4: Get the Smoker Going

Set up the smoker for indirect heat at about 180-200°F if possible. 225°F is ok but you will want to decrease the cook time by about 1 hour.

If your smoker uses a water pan, fill it up.

Once the smoke is ready, place the pan of corn and friends on to the grate and let it smoke for about an hour.

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After 30 minutes or so, the butter and cheese should be melty enough to stir around.

Remember that butter I forgot to add earlier? Here's where I finally remembered to add it. No problem at all!

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From this point, stir the corn about every 15-20 minutes.

Add ~½ cup of heavy whipping cream if it needs to be more creamy.

Step 5: Finish

After the smoked cheesy corn has been in the smoker for about 3 hours (or you just can't wait no longer), it should have plenty of smoke flavor and be ready to eat.

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Please note: you can certainly cook it for less time but smoke flavor will be less. 

Serve immediately!

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There is an insane amount of modification that can be done to this recipe to make it personal. To name a few:

  • Add more cheese,
  • Use a different cheese
  • Use more milk to thin it out
  • Use serrano peppers or even habaneros to make it more spicy
  • Add bacon
  • etc.
  • Smoke for more or less time to adjust the smoke flavor
  • Use a different kind of wood

What if I am adding this to the smoker when something else is cooking and the temperature is 225-240°F? No problem, just cook it for only 2 hours. It may get a little thicker due to the higher heat and need to be thinned with milk along the way.

4.5 from 12 votes

Smoked Cheesy Corn

How do you make corn better? Well, of course, you add cream cheese and shredded cheddar and then smoke it nice and slow!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 48 ounces Corn (Fresh or frozen (canned will work if drained and dried really well)
  • 3 TBS Olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 ounces Cheddar (shredded (pepper jack, havarti, etc.) Use what you like))
  • 2 each Jalapenos (medium (cleaned and diced)
  • ½ each Bell pepper (diced)
  • 3 TBS Chives (chopped)
  • 2 TBS Jeff's Texas style rub (from https://thinbluefoods.com)
  • 1 TBS Crushed red pepper (red pepper flakes)
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stick butter (1/4 lb)
  • ½ cup Heavy whipping cream (For adding extra creaminess at the END of the cook.)


  • Prep Clean, deseed and dice jalapenos, dice half of the red pepper, shred the hard cheese and chop the chives.
  • Drain and/or dry the corn if frozen or canned. After draining, pour it into a bowl with paper towels in the bottom, Toss corn around to allow the paper towel to absorb the extra moisture.
  • Roast Add oil to an iron skillet over high heat and once it's hot, add the corn. When bottom begins to brown, stir and continue to stir until all of the corn is browned. Pour fire roasted corn into foil pan.
  • Combine Add cheeses, peppers, butter, 1 cup of heavy whippping cream, chives and seasoning into the pan with the corn.
  • Setup Set up smoker for cooking at about 180 degrees using indirect heat and your favorite wood.
  • Smoke Place pan of corn mixture onto smoker grate. Once the butter, cream cheese and shredded cheese begin to melt, begin stiring about every 20 minutes for maximum smoke flavor.
  • Finish After 3 hours, the corn should have enough smoke flavor and be ready to eat. If you need more creaminess, add about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream about 15-20 minutes before removing from the smoker.
  • Serve Serve immediately!


Feel free to personalize this recipe using a different type of hard cheese, different hot peppers, etc. You can also add pieces of cooked bacon if you like.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made the base recipe, but instead of using a BBQ rub mix I added cilantro, chili powder (ancho), cumin, garlic, and fresh lime juice to give it a Mexican street corn vibe. It was excellent – both as a base recipe and a modified one. Everyone loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! Very impressed, it was certainly easy to make and has just the right amount of everything, the flavors blended together perfectly. We did top ours with bacon bits. You would never know that it had four jalapenos in it. We used canned corn and roasted it. Good recipe, thank you.

  3. I made this a couple of nights ago. It was amazing! I used roasted frozen corn from Trader Joes, and skipped the roasting part, but followed everything else. Everyone loved it, and it was maybe better the second night! Great smoky taste, and lots of flavor! Thanks!

  4. Hammmm it up why don’t ya ..
    Smoke ham steaks at the same time – wrap early – medium dice.
    Got to get some pig in there somewhere..

  5. 5 stars
    Made this today. Unbelievable and fantastic are the comments that I keep getting. Next time I’m going to grill the corn first and get that good char then smoke it.
    This is a keeper.

    1. David, that should be where you add 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream(shouldn’t have said milk). I have corrected this in the recipe/ingredient list.

      Thank you for pointing that out!

  6. I’m eating this right now. For cheese I used some three-alarm cojack I smoked a while back, add a bit of heat which is fine since I just noticed I forgot the crushed red peppers. I will definitely be making this again and yes, adding bacon will totally push it over the top.