Big John's Cajun

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Product Information

Utah cheddar rubbed with Cajun spices

Winner of 6 major awards

This is a cheese for the spice lover who doesn’t shy away from cayenne. Every nibble that includes the rind will give you a nice punch of heat balanced with the sweet creaminess of the cheddar.

Like all of Beehive’s cheeses, Big John’s was designed for sharing. If your guests can’t take the heat, they can totally stay in the kitchen. Tell them to stick to the inside of the cheese and they will still experience the savory, garlicky goodness of the wedge without the heat. Everybody wins!

What does it taste like?

Big John’s Cajun is rubbed with a blend of garlic, celery seed and cayenne. As the cheese ages, these ingredients infuse the 20-pound wheel of cheddar with savory notes that remind us of the best dang wood-fired pizza you’ve ever had. The smokiness of the cayenne and the creaminess of the cheese are a delight. The garlic is going to slow dance with your olfactory receptors for some time and you’ll enjoy every minute of it.


  • Salami
  • Assortment of olives
  • Topped with wildflower honey
  • Perfect for melting on a grilled cheese or burger

Ingredient info

Vegetarian rennet, cow's milk, all ingredients rubbed on the rind are organic, this is a gluten-friendly product


  • 1st Place Idaho Milk Processors Association (IMPA) 2016
  • 2nd Place American Cheese Society (ACS) 2008
  • 2nd Place IMPA 2012
  • 3rd Place ACS 2011, 2012
  • 3rd Place IMPA 2010

Who is Big John?

Chef John Dearmin, who also happens to be quite tall, is a local Ogden, UT chef who was one of our first customers. He is a whizz with ribs and happens to hail from Louisiana. He graciously allowed us to use his rib rub on our Promontory. We named this cheese after him.

Trying to decide between the 12 oz or the quarter wheel?

The 12-oz cut is our work horse. This one is for the entertainer or used in cooking. It’s enough cheese for a couple grilled cheese sammies or a party of 12-16 guests. These wedges have a 3 month shelf life if kept in the original packaging. 

The 5 lb quarter wheel is perfect for large parties and weddings.


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 6 reviews
    erik s
    amazing cheese

    i used to buy this from a butcher shop in toronto that was the only place that sold it before they shutdown before the pandemic. def going to order some now that ive found the source!

    Life Changing Cheese

    Stunning comes to mind - Recently picked up a package of this at my local food market in San Francisco and after the first bite I was lost in my own happiness that was happening in my mouth.

    Darryl Schumacher
    What a find!

    My wife and I were at a wine tasting in Napa, CA and were served this wonderful product... asked our server who made the cheese, and were told the story of Beehive! We have been regular orderers ever since ... friends and family love the product. We are in Ohio and the product is always shipped professionally and in perfect condition. When we saw that Beehive was stepping up to help the Utah Food Bank, we were happy to support!

    Beehive is the bee’s knees

    I’ve ordered, eaten and served Beehive cheese for several years now. Initially introduced to Barely Buzz, as I tried more varieties (love, love Big John’s Cajun), I’m convinced they’ve never churned out a bad cheese. Highly recommended.

    Big Johns Cajun

    I’m a big fan of Beehive Cheese. Big Johns Cajun is my favorite. It’s mild but has a nice spicy kick. Fast shipping and arrives packed cold.

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