This recipe is so easy, it almost does not need an entire post. Good thing they are such a hit, it deserves its own post, however! I have created such a crowd that when I make these, I do it in batches because I have a list of friends who want a bag for themselves. For Holidays and birthdays, I will smoke these and also use my smoker to make my Chex Mix and use treat bags for great gifts. You can use any flavor cheez-its but sticking to original and/or white cheddar or pepper jack is the best!
Let’s talk about the flavor kick! Smoking cheez-its elevates this simple snack to an incredible level. I have made this so many times and have found what works best. To start, I never use the pre-flavored cheez-its like bacon or puffs. The regular, single cheddar flavors work best.
The rub matters! I find that, hands down, a beef or roast rub has the best flavors. Sure! You can make use any rub, but with such heavy cheddar flavor-think burgers or smoked mac n cheese. Those are the spices you want for this recipe.
I used some spices from Sauce Goddess in this last batch and got some amazing feedback. Friends who have had this snack many times before had asked what was different this time. I simply changed the rub to this brand. I started by adding their Steak House seasoning and decided to add a bit of their Roasting Rub as well and the combo was amazing!
Sauce Goddess deserves for you to know more about the brand. You can easily order on Amazon and they also have sauces for those smoked meats and side dishes. Their products have no additives and nothing but recognizable ingredients. No anti-caking ingredients either. Just real herbs and spices.
- 2 7oz Cheez-Its Box Any cheddar flavor
- 2 tbsp Oil Olive or Avocado
- 1 tbsp Spice Rub
- Preheat Smoker to 215 degrees. Use pellets of choice (I like hickory or pecan)
- Mix 2 boxes of Cheez-Its with oil. (I mix cheddar and white cheddar)
- Add a rub of choice (Beef or roast rubs work great). Mix all together
- Smoke for 90 minutes at 215 degrees. Stir every 30 minutes