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Smoked Mac and Cheese with an obscenely thick cheese sauce

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  • boftx
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    Smoked Mac and Cheese with an obscenely thick cheese sauce

    Mac and Cheese with an obscenely thick cheese sauce. It is not for the faint of heart, lactose intolerant, or Vegans!

    NOTE: All measurements are "-ish". The rig was my CharGriller Pro. The pot is a Lodge 5qt Dutch oven.

    Start with a basic white sauce with 1 1/2 cups of milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream added to a roux (I used 4tbsp butter and maybe 6tbsp flour). Add 1 cup shredded cheddar, 1/2 cup Monterey Jack and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Season with paprika, cayenne, salt and worcestershire sauce. My wife would add some chopped onions and garlic, too. Edit: I'm not fond of raw onions, but maybe caramelized onion would be good, maybe one whole onion chopped and fried first. Maybe even fry a strip of bacon and fry the onion in that and then add both to the cheese sauce.

    Add in the mac (I started with 1 cup uncooked elbow mac) and top with feta or crumbled goat cheese and more Monterey Jack.

    I put it directly over the coals, uncovered, for about 10 - 15min to pick up a kiss of smoke and then moved to indirect and covered for about another 30min (well, maybe more like 45min).

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    Last edited by boftx; April 16, 2017, 09:35 PM.
  • hogdog6
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    • Dec 2014
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    #2
    Looks cheeselicious!

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    • PaulstheRibList
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      #3
      Nice work!

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        #4
        Nice. I jacked up the Mac 'n Cheese from the Food Lab so bad not sure I could redeem myself. Never use bootleg cheese.....

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        • boftx
          boftx commented
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          Lots of room for riffing on this one. I especially like to put two layers in the middle of something like goat cheese, bleu, or even parmesan just to add a "surprise".
      • tbob4
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        #5
        Awesome!! Love mac and cheese. 5 cheese mac and cheese with jalapeños is what I am doing these days. Your photo of the mac on the fork is fantastic.

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        • boftx
          boftx commented
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          Gotta try the jalapeños, sounds great with the cayenne!
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        #6
        Sweet! I agree with your opinion about raw onions. I pretty much always sauté them (and garlic, shallots, leeks, etc.) before adding them to anything.

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        • Huskee
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          #7
          Obscene is good when it comes to mac 'n cheese!

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          • boftx
            boftx commented
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            I talked it over with my daughter and the next time I'll I fry 2 or 3 strips of bacon, fry a chopped onion in the bacon grease, then use that to make the roux and serve up some Bacon Mac 'n Cheese.
        • DWCowles
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          #8
          Beautiful!

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          • kmhfive
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            #9
            Looks really good!

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            • Mikey C
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              #10
              Good looking mac..Ive been throwing some crumbled bacon and green chilis in lately

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                #11
                My wife's the Mac and Cheese expert around here, but her basic ploy is grab the leftover cheeses from the fridge and see what happens. It works!

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                  OMG looks awesome! My BF is addicted to the M&C from the smokehouse we go to (Fireside, Feasterville, PA). We stopped there for lunch the other day and that was what he had for lunch.

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                  • Reds Fan 5
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                    #13
                    boftx That looks terrific. Pulled pork is a terrific mac n cheese add-in.

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