Monday, April 21, 2014

Smoked Mac and Cheese w/ Kielbasa

Smokey Cheezy Goodness


Who doesn't love Mac N Cheese? After throwing in some polish kielbasa and a little apple wood smoke, I love it even more now.  This is a great way to warm up when the temps dip a little.  We named this dish the "United Nations" Mac N Cheese after using authentic Italian elbow noodles (From Target), Mexican cheddar cheese and Polish kielbasa.  I got this recipe from John over at Mancavemeals. If you haven't checked out his site, get on it. He's got some great videos and recipes.

INGREDIENTS:
  1. 2 1/2 cups Elbow Noodles (cooked as directed)
  2. 1 1/2 cups milk
  3. 2 beaten eggs
  4. 3/4 stick melted butter
  5. 1 1/2 cups kielbasa (Cut up into chunks) 
  6. 5 cups mexican cheddar cheese
  7. Salt and pepper or chipotle powder to taste. 



DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the smoker or set up the grill for indirect grilling at 350 degrees. Add some apple wood or wood of choice.

Cook the macaroni as directed on the box.  Drain and add to large pot.  I warmed up the kielbasa for a few minutes and added some char on the meat.  I like the charred bits.

Charred goodness!

Add the kielbasa to the noodles along with the butter, milk, eggs and 4 cups of cheese and warm until yummy and gooey.

Grab a spoon!

Once this is all mixed together, you must resist the urge to eat it all now.  Good Luck!  I added the mixture to a well oiled and seasoned cast iron pot.


You can use any kind of casserole dish. Once it's in, add 1 cup of cheese to the top.


Once its all mixed, add it to your smoker or grill and let go for about 30 mins. 


The cheese will start to melt and get brown.


After 30 minutes, ramp up the temp to 400 degrees and let it go for another 10-15 minutes. After that, let it rest for about 10 mins to cool slightly.


You could even take a torch to the top and add some crunchy goodness. This turned out great.  I prefer my Mac N Cheese a little more gooey, so next time I will add more milk and butter. :)  Otherwise, this is a winner.  Give it a try.  Thank for stopping by!

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    1. I heard it was good. My dinner guests ate all of it before I had a chance to try it. :)

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