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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pulled Pork BBQ Mac & Cheese

I guess I’m a kid at heart because I love mac & cheese. I’ll eat it homemade (my favorite) or even out of the famous blue box. But when you add a little bbq to it? OH MY! It’s sends it right over into adulthood! So good, guys! This little dish is so easy to make when you use pre-packaged bbq but if you have leftover pork, that works too! You’ve gotta try this. You won’t be sorry!

Pulled Pork BBQ Mac & Cheese
1 pound pulled pork (I used Jack Daniel’s but homecooked is fine)
1 cup bbq sauce (even if you’re using pre-packaged. Use more if you’ve got pork with no sauce)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
5 cups grated cheddar cheese
4 ounces cream cheese ~ room temp
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
12 ounces pasta shells ~ cooked and drained
1/2 cup diced red onion
5 slices bacon ~ diced and cooked crisp
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the pulled pork and the bbq sauce.
Pour bbq pork into the prepared 9x13 inch pan.
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook a minute or two.
Pour in the milk and and cook about 5 minutes until thickened.
Add the cream cheese, 3 cups of the cheddar cheese, salt, chili powder and paprika. Whisk until smooth.
Add the cooked pasta, bacon, and onion and stir to combine.
Pour mac & cheese over the BBQ then top with remaining 2 cups of grated cheese.
Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until hot throughout. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

The line-up!

Add one cup (or more) of your 
favorite bbq sauce to the pulled pork. 
Even if you're using pre-packaged bbq, 
add the sauce. Then pour into your 
prepared pan. I'm using two pans here 
because I'm giving one away and 
the other was for us!
Melt the butter then add the flour 
and stir until thickened and smooth.
Next, pour in the milk and cook until thickened.
Now add the cheeses and seasonings.
Stir to combine.
Then add the cooked pasta, 
the cooked bacon and the onion.
Pour the mac & cheese over the 
bbq in the pan and bake for about 
20 minutes until bubbly. YUM!