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Smoked Macaroni and Cheese

Blossom Lady
Nov 25, 2021 05:16 AM
Smoked Macaroni and Cheese

The perfect brisket or a fall-off-the-bone rack of ribs are often what come to mind when you think of meals you can prepare in a smoker. Who would have thought that a smoker can also be a new and delicious way to make mac and cheese?

Here, I took my favorite go-to version for mac and cheese and tweaked it to be finished off in a smoker. Start by cooking your pasta to al dente (the sauce will continue to soften the noodles as they cook in the smoker). As for the cheese, I like to use a high-quality, sharp cheddar cheese that I buy in a block and shred myself. Pre-shredded cheeses use anti-caking agents that make it more difficult to combine into the sauce.

Finally, it’s time to think about preparing your smoker. Use wood chips with a milder flavor for this recipe, such as applewood, cherry, or pecan. You also might want to use a different baking pan when cooking mac and cheese in the smoker to avoid discoloring your favorite cookware. A large cast iron pan works well and can hold up to the heat inside the smoker. Disposable aluminum pans are also a great choice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart wood smoking chips
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces dried elbow macaroni
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole or 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
25 minutes
Total Time:
40 minutes
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