Smoked Mac and Cheese (Easy Recipe)

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Are you looking for an easy way to make delicious smoked mac and cheese? 

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In this TheGrillingDad.com article, you’ll learn:

  • Ingredients you’ll need
  • Tips for making the best smoked mac and cheese
  • Step by step guide to smoked mac and cheese
  • And much more! 
smoked mac and cheese recipe.

Mac and cheese is a favorite comfort food for many and smoked mac and cheese is sure to please.

This recipe creates a rich, creamy macaroni and cheese that is topped with a crisp, smoky panko.

For smoked mac and cheese, it is important to get the perfect blend of texture and taste.

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How to Make Smoked Mac and Cheese

If this isn’t your first rodeo with smoking foods, you’ll know that soft, porous foods like mac and cheese smoke quickly.

This makes it a great side for smoked prime rib roast or smoked brisket.

You can throw together this mac and cheese while your meat rests!

Tips for the Best Smoked Mac and Cheese

  • Cast iron- Cast iron is the key to a good smoked mac and cheese. You can take the pan from your stove top to your smoker, and finally to the table with no hassle.
  • Keep the temperature low- Since it will cook so fast, you want to keep the temperature at 225 degrees. Otherwise you will end up with an overcooked, dry mess.
  • Use mild wood- Avoid strong woods that will overpower the mac and cheese. Use cherry, apple, maple, or pecan.
  • Mix it up- Experiment with additions to the mac and cheese to create the perfect side. You can add bacon, pulled pork, or even add your favorite seasonings to the panko topping.

Ingredients for Smoked Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups gouda cheese

Bread Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite seasoning rub

How to Make Smoked Mac and Cheese

Prepare the Pasta

Cook the macaroni noodles in a pot of salted water until they are al dente with a little bit of chew left in the noodles.

Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees while the pasta cooks.

Make the Cheese

Using medium heat, heat the cast iron skillet and melt ½ cup of butter.

Whisk in the flour until it forms into a paste like substance. Mix in the mustard powder.

Pour the half and half into the cast iron pan, whisking the mixture while it cokes to a boil.

Reduce the heat and stir in the cream cheese until smooth.

Now whisk in the cheddar and gouda cheese until they are melted.

Once they are melted, turn the heat off and pour the noodles in, stirring to coat them.

Make the Bread Crumbs

In a small bowl, mix the seasoning rub, melted butter, and panko bread crumbs together.

Sprinkle the mixture on top of the mac and cheese.

Smoke It

Place the skillet in your smoker at 225 degrees and close the lid. Let it smoke for 1 hour.

You can let it smoke for up to 2 hours if you desire a smokier flavor.

Now you’re ready to serve a delicious side of smoked mac and cheese the whole family will love!

Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill

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