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Smoked Mac & Cheese with Bacon

Smoked Mac & Cheese with Bacon

Smoked Mac & Cheese with Bacon | Dads That Cook

By Jason Glover

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Everybody's favorite side dish hits the grill in this killer recipe for Smoked Mac & Cheese! If you've never tried smoking mac & cheese before, you're in for a real treat!

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Yields10 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time1 hr

 1 ½ cups dried elbow macaroni
 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
 2 ½ cups whole milk
 2 tbsp butter
 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
 ½ tsp mustard powder
 ¼ tsp paprika
 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
 Olive oil for drizzling
 Salt and pepper

1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once melted, stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.

3

Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup milk. Whisk until smooth then add another 1/2 cup milk.

4

Return the pot to heat and whisk in the mustard powder, paprika, and remaining milk.

5

Increase heat to medium-high and continue whisking until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

6

Remove from heat, add the cheese, stirring until completely melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

7

Stir in the cooked macaroni noodles and transfer to a 9 x 13” baking dish.

8

Top with the breadcrumbs, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and place in your smoker with a few chunks of your favorite smoking wood. (Apple and hickory are great choices.)

9

Smoke for about 40 minutes at 350-400°F.

10

Remove from the smoker and dig in!

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Ingredients

 1 ½ cups dried elbow macaroni
 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
 2 ½ cups whole milk
 2 tbsp butter
 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
 ½ tsp mustard powder
 ¼ tsp paprika
 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
 Olive oil for drizzling
 Salt and pepper

Directions

1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once melted, stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.

3

Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup milk. Whisk until smooth then add another 1/2 cup milk.

4

Return the pot to heat and whisk in the mustard powder, paprika, and remaining milk.

5

Increase heat to medium-high and continue whisking until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

6

Remove from heat, add the cheese, stirring until completely melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

7

Stir in the cooked macaroni noodles and transfer to a 9 x 13” baking dish.

8

Top with the breadcrumbs, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and place in your smoker with a few chunks of your favorite smoking wood. (Apple and hickory are great choices.)

9

Smoke for about 40 minutes at 350-400°F.

10

Remove from the smoker and dig in!

Smoked Mac & Cheese with Bacon

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