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Smoked Mac & Triple Cheese

Prep Time

40 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours

Effort

Pellets

Hickory

Say goodbye to the blue box and hello to triple smokin' cheesy goodness. Cream cheese, gouda, and cheddar cheese come together like the Three Amigos for a creamy dish that'll leave your taste buds smokin'.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

4

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 2 1/2 Cup half-and-half, plus more as needed

  • 5 Tablespoon chilled butter, plus more for coating cast iron

  • 8 Ounce cream cheese, cut in cubes

  • 1 Teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste

  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard

  • 3/4 Teaspoon black pepper

  • 16 Ounce elbow macaroni

  • 1 1/2 Cup cheddar cheese

  • 1 1/2 Cup shredded smoked mozzarella or Gouda cheese

  • 2 Tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 Cup panko breadcrumbs

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    Grill180 ˚F

  • 2

    For the Sauce: Combine the half and half, 4 Tbsp chilled butter, cream cheese, hot sauce, dry mustard and black pepper in a large 12” well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 Cup half-and-half, plus more as needed

    • 5 Tablespoon chilled butter, plus more for coating cast iron

    • 8 Ounce cream cheese, cut in cubes

    • 1 Teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste

    • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard

    • 3/4 Teaspoon black pepper

  • 3

    Place the skillet on the grill grate, uncovered, and smoke the mixture for 30 minutes.

    Grill180 ˚F

  • 4

    While the sauce smokes, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stovetop.
  • 5

    Cook the pasta 1-2 minutes less than the package directions call for; the pasta will continue to cook on the grill.

    Ingredients

    • 16 Ounce elbow macaroni

  • 6

    Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, drain again, and return to the pot. Toss the cooled pasta with the shredded cheeses.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 Cup cheddar cheese

    • 1 1/2 Cup shredded smoked mozzarella or Gouda cheese

  • 7

    Remove the sauce from the grill and whisk until smooth. Increase the grill temperature to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    Grill350 ˚F

  • 8

    Pour the smoked sauce over the pasta and cheese, stirring gently with a rubber spatula to coat the noodles.
  • 9

    Coat the inside of a cast iron skillet with 1 Tbsp chilled butter and pour macaroni and cheese into the buttered skillet, smoothing the top.
  • 10

    Combine breadcrumbs with 2 Tbsp melted butter and spread over the top of macaroni.

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoon butter, melted

    • 1 Cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 11

    Place the mac and cheese directly on the grill grate and bake until it is bubbling and the top is lightly browned about 30-40 minutes. Dust lightly with the paprika. Enjoy!

    Grill350 ˚F

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