Game Changing Mac & Cheese!

This mac and cheese recipe was a game changer in our household! 
The creamy-ness of the cheese combined with the savory of the bacon really made for an explosion of flavor. 
The added smoky-ness was just the icing on the cake!


The Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups medium sharp shredded cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ cups gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 Package macaroni noodles
  • 2 tablespoons Fire For Effect Rub
The Tools: 
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Cheese shredder
The Grill & Fuel: The Process:
  • Heat the smoker up to 225 degrees F
  • Cook the noodles according to instructions. Drain, place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and melt ½ cup of butter into the skillet. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, or until the flour smells toasty. 
  • Pour in the half and half and whisk well to combine. Bring the half and half to a boil, then reduce to heat to a simmer and whisk in the cream cheese until the cream cheese is fully melted.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the shredded cheddar, shredded gruyere, Fire For Effect Rub, and Dijon mustard until a smooth cheese sauce forms. 
  • Pour the cheese mixture over the pasta and chopped bacon and stir well with a spatula to coat the noodles with the sauce.
  • Once coated, pour the mixture into a tinfoil pan and spread evenly 
  • Place the pan on the grill and smoke for 1 hour, or until the cheese is melty. Using oven mitts, carefully remove the skillet from the grill and serve immediately. Top with more bacon, if desired.

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