Smoked Macaroni and Cheese

If you are like many, macaroni and cheese is a family favourite. This version includes a rich cheese sauce that is kicked up with buffalo wing sauce and gets additional flavour and bubble from being smoked on your smoker outside!

If you don't have a smoker, be sure to use smoked cheese to enhance the flavour or do both for some extra woodsy taste. This is a great side dish for any grilled protein you are serving up!

Smoked Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy bubbly cheese envelopes elbow macaroni in this perfect get together favourite. Keep the heat outside and using the smoker will offer up a hint of smokiness to the dish. 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Serves: 6 to 8

2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
2 tbsp (30 mL) all purpose flour
2 cups (500 mL) 35% whipping cream
1 small clove garlic, rasped
3 cups (750 mL) shredded old cheddar
2 tbsp (30 mL) buffalo hot sauce
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) sour cream
3 cups (750 mL) cooked elbow macaroni
3/4 cup (175 mL) panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped cooked bacon
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley

Prepare smoker to 350F (180C) or heat grill over medium heat to reach temperature. Turn off one side and retain temperature. 

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in cream and garlic. Cook, whisking gently for about 6 minutes or until starting to bubble and thicken. Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese. Remove from heat and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in buffalo sauce, salt and pepper. Whisk in sour cream. Stir in cooked macaroni to coat thoroughly. Scrape into buttered cast iron skillet. 

In a small bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, bacon and parsley. Sprinkle evenly over top of macaroni and cheese. 

Place skillet in preheated smoker for about 45 minutes or until bubbly around edges. 

Oven variation: If you don’t have a smoker cook macaroni and cheese in 350 F (180 C) oven for about 45 minutes.

Make ahead: Stir macaroni and cheese and place into baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bake as above and add about 15 minutes or until heated through. 


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