Smoky Mac & Cheese Recipe

This BBQ spin on mac & cheese gets huge flavor from smoky chipotle sauce, sharp cheddar and a sprinkling of bacon jerky and togarashi crumbs.

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cavatappi (Corkscrew Pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 a cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons NW Elixirs Hott Smoke Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Bourbon Barrel Foods Togarashi
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz. grated extra sharp cheddar
  • Savage Jerky Co. Maple Buffalo Bacon Jerky

Directions

  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350°. Boil pasta in salted water, remove about 1–2 minutes before al dente (it will cook further in the oven). Drain, toss with a glug of olive oil so they don’t stick together and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle flour over and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture starts to stick to the bottom, about 1 minute. Whisk in milk, NW Elixir Sauce and togarashi spice.
  3. Bring sauce to simmer and cook for 6–7 minutes. Add 6 oz. cheddar, 1 tsp salt and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat, mix in pasta; and transfer to a baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 2 oz. of cheddar on top.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes, top with breadcrumbs and a pinch more togarashi and bake for another 8 minutes. Let cool for a couple of minutes, add a little extra NW Elixir, sprinkle with Bacon Jerky and serve.

Pro Tips: Making breadcrumbs is easy and makes a big difference (we used crumbled, oven-dried brioche buns).

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