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Smoked Mac and Cheese

Rachel Riesgraf
Super cheesy and extra creamy with the perfect amount of smokey flavor and a crispy cheese top! This smoked mac and cheese is ridiculously good, and made with a combination of cheeses to create the ultimate cheese sauce. It's super easy to make, and the perfect side dish for summer BBQs or holiday dinners.
5 stars
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 5 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pound elbow pasta
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F using a mild hardwood, such as cherry, apple or maple.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and salt. Cook for 1 minute less than the package instructions for al dente.
  • Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and let cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk and half and half while whisking until smooth. Simmer, while continuing to whisk often, until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the Monterey Jack, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg until combined and smooth.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the cast iron skillet with the cheese sauce and mix to combine. Sprinkle the top with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Place the skillet on the smoker and close the lid. While keeping the smoker at a steady 225 degrees F, smoke the mac and cheese for 1 hour or up to 2 hours for a stronger smoke flavor.

Notes

If you don't have a cast iron skillet, use any pot to make the cheese sauce, then transfer the cheese sauce and pasta to a disposable aluminum baking dish for smoking.
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