Saturday, April 21, 2018

Smoked Mac and Cheese

So ... I got to use my smoker a couple times last weekend.

Recently, I posted articles about Bacon Wrapped Onion Bombs and Smoked Salsa. I cooked both of these last Saturday on the smoker.

On Sunday, I made something else on the smoker.

Something even more delicious.

Macaroni and Cheese.  Yum! Yum! Yum!

It was sooooooo Guuuuuuuud.

So Good.

Really when it comes right down to it, there are tons of baked Mac and Cheese recipes out on the internet. Smoked Mac and Cheese is simply doing the same thing ... only cooking it on the grill.

The recipe that I picked included the following ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups (8 ounces) Colby cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) Parmesan cheese, shredded
10ish oz bacon

Steps are fairly simple ...

Boil the noodles for about 5 minutes to make them "al dente".

Cook up the bacon.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, and whisk flour into the butter. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes until sauce is bubbly and thick. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes until thickened. Stir in cream cheese until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper to the mixture.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup Cheddar, 1 cup Colby cheese, Parmesan cheese, pasta, and cream sauce. Also, make sure you add in the bacon. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 9-1/2-inch aluminum roasting pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese and Gouda cheese.

Place on smoker and cook until bubbly and delicious.

I personally smoked it with hickory wood at about 260 to 250 for about an hour and then a bit hotter for 15 or 20 more minutes. I got up to about 350 I think.

You'll just have to keep an eye on it and decide what "bubbly and delicious means to you.

And ... it turned out wonderful.

I have to be honest. I might have liked it a bit too much because I am quite certain, I ate too much of it.

The wife loved it.

The kids loved it.

I loved it.

I was able to have a little bit for lunch at work last week, and it was wonderful as left overs as well.

REally REALLY really Guuuuuuuuud!

I suggest that you try it out. Even if you don't have a smoker, and have never tried baked Mac and Cheese, try it out in the oven.


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