Smoked Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

Yield: 1 Cheesecake (serves 10) | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 60-75 minutes plus 4 hours resting time



  • 2 cup Gingersnap Cookies Crushed fine
  • ¼ cup Sugar, Brown, Dark not packed
  • ½ stick Butter, Salted Melted


  • 3 pkg Cream Cheese, 8oz Blocks Softened to room temp
  • 15 oz fresh pumpkin, pureed (or use canned pumpkin)
  • 4 ea Eggs, Large, Whole
  • 1 ea Eggs, Large, YOLK ONLY
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 ½ cup Sugar, Granulated Cane Sugar works great
  • 2 tbsp Flour, All Purpose
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract or Paste
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 tsp Salt, Smoked


Wash all tools prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools

Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner

Place bottom grill grate into the upper position (if you have an Ironwood)

Fill pellet hopper with Ace Reserve Blend Pellets

Set Traeger to 350˚ F, hit enter and hit ignite

While Traeger is heating up:

Lightly spray a 9” springform pan with cooking spray

Prepare the Cheesecake as follows


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add the crushed gingersnap crumbs, melted butter, sugar and smoked salt.  Mix well until all butter is absorbed by the crumbs
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of your pan using a non stick cooking spray        
  3. Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9” Springform pan


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the Cream cheese and allow to soften for 20 minutes        
  2. Using a hand mixer with paddles, beat the cream cheese until smooth
  3. Add: Pumpkin Puree, eggs, egg yolks, sour cream, cane sugar, flour and vanilla paste
  4. Beat until smooth
  5. Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan, over the gingersnap crust
  6. Allow the batter to settle, jiggle pan to help filling settle down
  7. Place in the Traeger, on the grill grate, uncovered and cook for 45 minutes, check the cheesecake and continue to cook in 10 minute increments until done.  Approx 60-75 minutes
  8. Cheesecake should have a firm center, with a slight amount of wiggle, but nothing wet or runny
  9. Using heat proof gloves, carefully move the cheesecake onto a cooking sheet and transport into the kitchen
  10. Cool at room temp for 1 hour
  11. Place in fridge and cool in fridge for 3 hours or until cheesecake has cooled completely and firmed up
  12. When slicing cheesecake, use a thin bladed knife and wet the blade to help slide thru the cheesecake easier and not rip the sliced apart
  13. Serve with fresh whipped cream and devour

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