Monterey Jack earns the rightful position as a true “American” cheese since it originated in the Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California. Around the 1700s, these monasteries around the Monterey region were making a semi-firm, creamy, mild flavored cheese from cow’s milk which they aged for a short period. An American entrepreneur named David Jack realized its commercial value and started selling it all over California. The cheese came to be known as “Monterey Jack's” or “Jack's Monterey,” eventually acquiring the name Monterey Jack.
The cheese is commonly used in Mexican and Spanish cuisine as its mild in flavor and melts really well. It's akin in taste and texture to Colby and Cheddar especially when smoked to a hearty apple smoke flavor. The Cheesy Smoke House also smokes Monterey Jack to a mild apple or hickory wood smoke flavor. Consider Apple Cider, Hard Cider, Pinot Noir and Riesling with our apple smoked Jack cheese and your favorite red wine with our hickory smoked Monterey Jack cheese.