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Smoked Mac and Cheese

This smoked mac and cheese recipe comes together in 9 simple ingredients (including our ultimate homemade mac and cheese sauce!) and is smoked in an hour. Enjoy!

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hour
Fat 17 Carbs 67 Protein 12
Yield 6 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 lb.macaroni noodles
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2 % milk
  • 16 oz. cheddar cheese*, ½ cup removed for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 12 tablespoons buffalo hot sauce (we used Franks)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your pellet smoker to 225°F, making sure to use a mild flavored pellet (we used applewood).
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the uncooked macaroni noodles and salt to the water and stir.
  3. Let pasta cook until just under al dente. Strain noodles and set aside.
  4. Next, prepare a roux by heating a large Dutch oven or cast iron skillet (use a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet so you can put the same pot on the smoker) over medium/high heat. Add butter.
  5. When the butter is melted add flour and whisk until the butter and flour form a crumble.
  6.  Slowly add milk to the pot, whisking constantly. Continue to whisk the roux over medium/high heat for about 4-6 minutes or until the roux thickens.
  7. When the roux is thick, remove from heat and add the cheddar cheese. Whisk until the cheese has melted.
  8. Add granulated garlic, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to the cheese sauce. Mix well.
  9. Add the cooked macaroni noodles to the cheese sauce and mix until the noodles are covered in cheese sauce.
  10. Sprinkle additional ½ cup cheese over the top.
  11. Place on the smoker uncovered for 45 minutes – 1 hour, or until desired smokiness is achieved.
  12. Enjoy immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • We recommend buying a block of cheddar cheese and shredding it yourself for a fresher shredded cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 474 Sugar: 7 Sodium: 1139 Fat: 17 Carbohydrates: 67 Fiber: 1 Protein: 12 Cholesterol: 194
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Lunch and DinnerMethod: SmokerCuisine: AmericanDiet: Vegetarian

Keywords: smoked mac and cheese