Grilled Macaroni and Cheese

31 Jul
Grilled Macaroni and Cheese

Grilled Macaroni and Cheese


1/2 lb bacon

1 pound macaroni

1/2 stick salted butter

3 TBS flour

2 cups whole milk

1 cup grated Asiago cheese

1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (I prefer one of the flavored varieties, garlic jack works real good)

1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

2 cups Cheddar cheese (I use smoked cheddar if I have it)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 jalapeno finely chopped

1/4 cup bread crumbs


Slice your bacon up into 1/4 inch pieces, fry it up crispy and drain off the grease.  Boil your macaroni in some salted water for about 12 minutes.  Melt your butter in a saucepan then wisk in the flour to thicken, about a minute.  Add one of the cups of milk and wisk it in.  Start stirring in your cheeses.  Gradually mix in the cheese until it is all nicely melted.  You need to play with the heat a little and get it hot enough to get the cheese melted without scorching it.  Add the second cup of milk as needed if your cheese sauce is getting too thick.  Once the cheese is all melted add the jalapeno, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, and bacon.  Your macaroni should have been cooked and drained at this point.  Add your cheese sauce to the macaroni and mix well.  Take a pan that is safe to cook with on the grill (I like to use a dutch oven), and wipe down the inside with some melted butter.  This helps to make some nice browned crunchy bits around the sides that are my favorite part.  Pour in your macaroni and cheese, sprinkle the bread crumbs, and optionally a little more cayenne pepper, on the top.  Place uncovered on the grill with whatever meat you’re cooking and close the grill. 10-15 minutes if the grill is on high, longer if it’s lower.  Once the top is a little crusty and you can see some nice browned stuff on the edge you’re done.  Take it off the grill and let set a few minutes before serving.  If you’ve never had real homemade mac and cheese you won’t believe how good this stuff is.


4 Responses to “Grilled Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Barbra & Jack Donachy August 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

    This looks excellent. We recently had an interesting dish at a restaurant: macaroni and cheddar cheese with smoked scallops. It as a good meal, but we’ve been thinking of ways to bring it up a notch. We’d never thought of Grilling pasta. What a cool idea!

    • allengrim August 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM #

      Thanks for your comments. My philosophy is that most things that can be done in an oven can be done better on a grill. Fire is a lot like bacon, it makes everything better.

  2. griffinsgrub August 7, 2013 at 4:25 AM #

    Who Doggie!! Does that sound good or what? Mrs. G loves some mac and cheese. Think I’m going to “borrow” your recipe and make some for her.

    I agree that anything that can be done in an oven can be done better on a grill. You are one wise man.

    • cahillbilly August 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

      Oh gosh – don’t tell him that, it will go to his head!
      Hope you enjoy the recipes. Be sure to let us know how it turned out.

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