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Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Posted by Mary M. on August 23, 2013

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

In our smattering of free time we love to take classics and think up ways to make them even better. Hence Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese was born. We started with an all-star macaroni and cheese recipe and decided to find an inventive use for that leftover pulled pork. (Hey, leftover pulled pork is possible!) Make it a notch better by giving each bite a dip in some smoky bbq sauce.

PULLED PORK MAC & CHEESE

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 30 to 35 minutes
SERVES: 8 to 10
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Oak, Apple or Pecan

INGREDIENTS
Kosher salt
Vegetable oil
1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi
1 quart milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups (approximately) leftover pulled pork
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Preheat to 375 degrees F with the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk.

While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth.

Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Add the cooked macaroni and leftover pulled pork and stir well.

Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the bread crumbs are browned on the top.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Serve it warm with an extra sprinkle of cheese and barbecue sauce, if you like. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Don't fight too much over those crispy edges.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese