Smoked Mac & Cheese Recipe
– 2 Tablespoons Butter
– 2 Tablespoons Flour
– 2 Cups Heavy Cream
– 1LB. Extra Sharp Cheddar (shredded)
– ½LB. Monterey Jack (shredded)
– 1-2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce
– 2 teaspoons All Purpose Seasoning
– 1 Cup Mayo
– 1 Cup Sour Cream
– 12oz Elbow Macaroni Noodles
– 1/2 Cup Panko
– 12oz Thin Sliced Bacon
Get your smoker up to 350 degrees and allow to stabilize for 15 – 20 minutes. Or
Prepare pasta (al dente) according to package directions and set aside. Grate both cheeses and set aside.
Cook bacon until crispy (we suggest placing bacon on a baking sheet and placing in a 400 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes. You want the bacon to be crispy and not limp). Immediately remove bacon from baking sheet and allow to drain on a paper towel. Finely chop bacon with food processor and set aside.
In saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour over medium heat. Cook until the roux starts smelling a little nutty. At that point, add 1/2 cup of the heavy cream and stir until sauce thickens. Add an additional 1/2 cup of heavy cream and stir for 1-2 minutes and then add final 1 cup of heavy cream and stir until sauce is smooth and thick.
Add grated cheese to sauce slowly stirring until the cheese is blended and sauce is smooth and creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce (depending on the heat level you desire).
Mix together pasta, sauce, mayo and sour cream and pour into a smoker-safe dish. If possible, use a 13-inch cast iron skillet – and make sure it has been oil, seasoned or sprayed with a good non-stick spray. Be sure not to over-fill.
Mix ½ cup of panko with chopped bacon. Top mac & cheese with panko/bacon mixture
To smoke the mac & cheese, place the skillet in your 350 degree smoker for 1 hour (or until mac & cheese becomes hot and bubbly). Make sure to check halfway through the cooking time because smokers and grills will vary. If mac & cheese is getting too dark, you can always cover with foil and continue cooking.
If a darker crust is desired for mac & cheese, place skillet in oven, under the broiler, 4 inches from the heat, until the top is golden and bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.