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Smoked Cheez Its

Smoked Cheez-Its are about to become your new favorite snack! They are addictively delicious and worth the extra steps from enjoying them straight out of the box. Smoke Cheez-Its on your Traeger for a quick and easy treat that is perfect your next party or tailgating event!


If you never smoked Cheez Its, it’s probably because you never thought that it was even a thing. Your families, friends, co-workers and neighbors will all thank you for turning these already delicious crackers into a highly addictive snack. There is even a thread for Smoked Cheez-Its on Reddit– so you know they have to be worth talking about!

And they’re the easiest thing you’ll ever make in your smoker.

As always, you can make each recipe your own so these are simply guidelines to get you a tasty dish so feel free to improvise.

Cheez Its are cheap enough that you can afford to screw them up every now and then and not feel like you’ve lost money.

What are Smoked Cheez-Its

I discovered this method of making Cheez-Its on a Traeger Facebook group and I’m so glad that I did. If you are a fan of Traeger grills you will want to hop on this recipe right away and add it in to your rotation of delicious smoked snacks.

Basically- Smoked Cheez-Its are crackers coated with some kind of oil or non-stick spray sprinkled with various mixtures of spices andor sauces.

There are so many different variations you can use so it might be a matter of trial and error in figuring out your favorite!

What spices do you use on Smoked Cheez-Its

This is entirely up to you and what you prefer but I have used a few different combinations that we really love. We have made them extra savory, a little spicy and even more on the sweet side. And you’d be surprised at how delicious they are paired with their natural cheesy flavor.

Here are a few of our favorite combinations:

  • Traeger Pork & Poultry 
  • Spiceology Double Smoke
  • Ranch Packet mix
  • Chili Powder & Honey Granuels
  • Cinnamon and Sugar

How long do you smoke Cheez-Its for?

Plan on this smoked treat to take roughly 1-2 hours depending on your smoke preference. I like doing them a little longer so it’s closer to two hours for me.

You will need to stir your crackers every 15-30 minutes along the way, too.


What kind of pellets should I use for Smoked Cheez-Its?

I usually use Cherry or Apple Smoked Pellets but you could also opt for Traeger’s Signature Blend , Mesquite or Hickory, too. You can find pellets online or even at your local Ace Hardware store.

How to make Traeger Smoked Cheez-Its

Here is what you ‘ll need:

  • 1 box Cheez-Its- make as many boxes at a time as you’d like- just add seasoning appropriately
  • Oil Spray – I like to use Duck Fat but you could also use regular oil spray, avocado spray, or 
  • Seasonings of your choice- some good options include: 
  • Traeger Pork & Poultry 
  • Spiceology Double Smoke
  • Ranch Packet mix
  • Chili Powder & Honey Granuels
  • Cinnamon and Sugar


  1. Start smoker and set at 225 degrees F.
  2. Empty Box of Cheez Its into a bowl
  3. Spray with oil and stir. Do this a few times so that all the crackers have a coating of oil
  4. Shake your seasoning onto the crackers and stir. You can do a little or as much as you like
  5. Place on a cookie sheet or a perforated vegetable grilling basket and put in smoker
  6. Smoke for 1-2 hours (depending on your smoke preference) stirring every 15-30 minutes
  7. Remove and enjoy!

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How to store Smoked Cheez-Its

You will want to transfer your  down Smoked Cheez-its into an air tight container as soon as you can. Make sure they are fully cooled down before doing so. A ziploc bag or a Tupperware container will do the trick.

You can also put them straight into a serving bowl if you are taking them to a party or tail gate- just cover with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

These would also be a great teacher or neighbor gift for Christmas or any other birthday or holiday. Simply place in a cellophane bag and tie with string or tulle! 


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