Dee's Smoked Mac N Cheese

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Dee Stillwell

By
@LILLYDEE

After trying to make a really good mac n cheese in our smoker several times, I finally came up with one that is creamy and not too dry. If the cheese sauce is too thick to start with, it comes out too dry after it is smoked. Also, undercooking the macaroni helps it not to get mushy when smoked. While I usually like bread crumb topping on it, that doesn't work in the smoker. It gets way too dried out. I found just cheese on top works best. Feel free to use a cheese variety of cheeses that suit your tastes and budget. This is what worked to put a big smile on my families faces. Enjoy!

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The subtle smoky flavor really shines through in this creamy and delicious macaroni and cheese. The low and slow cooking time makes the cheesy goodness meld with the macaroni which is cooked perfectly. Definitely worth the wait while this cooks on the smoker. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8 entree and 12-15 sides
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
3 Hr
Method:
Smoke

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg
    large elbow macaroni, 16 oz.
  • 1/4 c
    butter or bacon grease
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    white wine or beer
  • 1 Tbsp
    prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 - 12 oz
    can evaporated milk
  • 1 c
    half and half or omit evaporated milk and use all half and half
  • 4 oz
    softened cream cheese
  • 1 bag(s)
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, 8 oz
  • 1 bag(s)
    shredded Velveeta cheese, 8 oz
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper, to taste
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz
    shredded cheese for top
  • ·
    optional: cut up and brown 12 oz package of bacon and add it to your mac n cheese

How to Make Dee's Smoked Mac N Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Boil macaroni in salted water until very al dente (about 5-7 min). It will cook the rest of the way in the smoker. Drain and set aside. Spray aluminum (disposable) casserole or lasagna pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large heavy pot on medium heat, melt butter or bacon grease. Stir in flour and cook for a minute. Stir in wine and cook until evaporated.
  3. Whisk in both kinds of milk, mustards, and cheeses. Cook until sauce is smooth and bubbly. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Season to taste.
  4. Mix cheese sauce with macaroni and pour into prepared pan. Top with extra cheese.
  5. Smoke in smoker for 2-4 hours (depending on the type of smoker you use) and smoke until light golden brown. Enjoy!
  6. **Sauce should not be too thick. So if you want it creamy when it's done, thin it with a little more milk. If you like it drier, keep the sauce thicker. The longer cooking time in the smoker as opposed to baking in the oven, makes the cheese sauce soak into the macaroni. If you just want to make it in the oven, bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until light golden brown.

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About Dee's Smoked Mac N Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #cheese, #SMOKED, #macaroni




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