Smoked Mac & Cheese with Bacon

Smoked Mac & Cheese with Bacon

YIELDS: 8 Servings PREP TIME: 20 mins COOK TIME: 40 mins TOTAL TIME: 1 hr

1 ½ cups dried elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 ½ cups whole milk
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp mustard powder
¼ tsp paprika
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper
6 Bacon Strips Cooked - cut into pieces
Tools 
Smoker 
Large pot 
9x13” baking dish 

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once melted, stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup milk. Whisk until smooth then add another 1/2 cup milk.
  4. Return the pot to heat and whisk in the mustard powder, paprika, and remaining milk.
  5. Increase heat to medium-high and continue whisking until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Remove from heat, add the cheese, stirring until completely melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir in the cooked macaroni noodles and bacon and transfer to a 9 x 13” baking dish.
  8. Top with the breadcrumbs, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and place in your smoker with a few chunks of your favorite smoking wood. (Apple and hickory are great choices.)
  9. Smoke for about 40 minutes at 350-400°F.
  10. Remove from the smoker add a few more bacon bits to the top and dig in!

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