View Full Version : First cold smoke in the Cobb

09-23-2012, 04:35 AM
Hi All,

well I decided to try out the Pro-q cold smoke generator in the Cobb
with a few pieces of cheese. This is what came in the box:

And this is the smoke generator filled with apple wood dust:

I've used 4 pieces of mild cheddar and a small wedge of blue Stilton. We never
usually buy mild cheese because we feel that here in the UK, it's very, very mild
and we like some punch with our cheese. However, mild cheddar is also very,
very inexpensive here so if cold smoking can add flavour we might be on to a

The apple dust is lit with the candle. This took about a minute to get some good
smoke going, then the candle's removed for next time:

Smoke generator is in the bottom of the Cobb, cheese rack positioned above
and the lid about to go on:

Smoke showing from the top vents after a couple of minutes:

About three hours in and this is what's been happening below the cheese:

Four hours smoking I decided the cheese looks like its had enough. The
cheddar's lost its shape a little but I think that's due more to the high
ambient temperature here than the smoke generator.

Time to taste. The Stilton wasn't very nice; perhaps too much smoke for
what's already a pretty strong cheese. I'll try it again sometime for a shorter
smoke. The mild cheddar was transformed!! A sweetness of the apple wood
brought something out of that cheese which I didn't know existed. This was a
really pleasant surprise and has definitely improved what was a pretty bland
cheese to start with:

24 hours later and the mild cheddar is even better. The smoke seems to
have blended very well with the mild cheese flavour and brought it to life.
A resounding success and SWMBO says that she'll buy it again if it can be
smoked the same way.

Hope you all enjoy the pics.


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09-23-2012, 09:22 AM
Man! I have to get one of those little cookers! Cheese looks tasty! :thumbs up::thumbs up: It gets better over time too, I like it after about a week of resting in the fridge.

09-23-2012, 07:55 PM
That all looks stelllar! :cheers2:

09-23-2012, 08:40 PM
Very cool. I think I could dig into that.

09-24-2012, 07:43 PM
I love smoked cheese! I did 3 blocks yesterday myself.

Yours looks great and it appears the the Cobb is doing you a fine service!