Smoked Goat Cheese Dip with Crispy Garlic

overhead view of a white skillet with hot goat cheese dip topped with crispy garlic slices with a black spoon in it.

This hot goat cheese dip with crispy garlic is made on the smoker for a subtle smoked flavor and ease of entertaining when your smoker is already fired up! No smoker? Make it in the oven just as easily. (gluten-free, vegetarian)


  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz plain goat cheese


  1. Heat smoker to roughly 350°F.
  2. Peel and thinly slice garlic cloves from top to bottom. 
  3. Add garlic and oil to a small (6 inch) cast iron skillet. Place on the smoker and cook until garlic is crisp and golden, about 5-10 minutes. Pour garlic and oil in to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Press goat cheese into the bottom of the skillet. Place back on the smoker and cook until goat cheese is hot and melted, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the smoker and top with reserved garlic and oil. 
  6. Serve with crackers, chips, or crostini.


  • This recipe is easily doubled for a larger skillet.
  • You can make this dip in the oven set to 350°F.
  • You can also use a small foil pan or ceramic dish to smoke or bake the dip.
  • Feel free to add other flavors with infused oils, pepper, herbs, etc.

Keywords: smoked goat cheese dip, goat cheese dip with crispy garlic, hot goat cheese dip