The trick is to smoke the meat without making the meat smoke

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The pasta is cooked & the Ingredients are gathered. The recipe used: Butter, flour, dry mustard, heavy cream, whole milk, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, 5 cheeses, salt & pepper.


The ingredients for the topping were: Panko, melted butter & paprika.


Two pans of butter are going on the stove. One for the topping & one for the Mac & Cheese.


The melted butter, panko & paprika are combined & have been mixed with a fork.


Some flour has been added to the other pan of melted butter for a quick 2 minute roux.


The Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt & pepper have been added in & they get stirred constantly for 3 minutes.


The whole milk & heavy cream are added in & they too are stirred constantly until the mixture is just about ready to boil.


The pan with the almost boiling sauce has been pulled off the grill & is resting on a trivet. The next step is to add the cheese.


The 5 cheeses are mixed in & stirred in until they are fully melted. The 5 cheeses were: cheddar, mozzarella, gruyere, fontina, & parmesan-reggiano.


The cooked elbow macaroni is folded in.


The Mac & Cheese has been transferred into the BGE Dutch oven where it has been topped with the panko mixture.


The BGE has been preheated to 350. I can believe how precise the temperature control is on the BGE. Once I learned what settings gave me what temperature ranges, it has become so simple to lock in my target temp.


The Mac & Cheese is on the BGE, sitting on top of the Platesetter which has been installed legs down. The Platesetter is used for indirect grilling or smoking. The horizontal surface blocks the direct flame & the legs serve to raise the food up to the level of the base of the dome shaped lid.


The Mac & Cheese cooked for 35 minutes and has gone from BGE to table. It is sitting on a trivet resting for 10 minutes.


The Dining Room smelled great while the Mac & Cheese was resting. I had great hopes based on the smell.


Buttermilk Biscuits were also served with the Mac & Cheese.


The Mac & Cheese didn't disappoint! This was the first Mac & Cheese I'd want to eat a second time. My wife who actually likes Mac & Cheese declared it to be excellent.

© 2013 Jim Mahoney