Traeger Bacon Mac and Cheese 

This Traeger bacon mac & cheese should be everyone’s go-to indulgent meal, it is time to level up! I like to add a bacon topping. This gives it a delicious salty crunch on top! 

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Why I Love This Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe?

Not only do kids love bacon mac and cheese, its always a  winner with adults too! So at my cookouts, I always try and include this recipe.

You won’t believe how many people ask me for this recipe! Make this a few times you people will be begging you to make it again! 

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What You Need to Make Smoked Mac and Cheese With Bacon

Monterey Jack
Cheddar or Gouda
Parmesan
Pasta Shells or Elbow Macaron
Bacon
Salt
Butter
Milk
Garlic Powder
Black Pepper

What Cheese Do I Use to Make Smoked Mac and Cheese?

To get the perfect smoked mac and cheese, a combination of sharp cheese and an easy melting cheese need to be added

Good combinations of easy melting and sharp cheese are as follows: 

– sharp cheddar and gouda 

– extra-sharp cheddar and mozzarella 

– cheddar and Havarti 

– or add some spice with pepper jack

Furthermore, mixing and matching cheeses such as Swiss, Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Bleu Cheese and Parmesan can give you the flavor profile you are looking for. 

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How to Make Traeger Mac and Cheese

The recipe is easy to make with your Traeger. It is advised to use extra sauce to accommodate the slow cooking time and the noodles should be al dente to prevent them from overcooking. 

Step 1: Preheat The Smoker

Preheat your Traeger to 300°F, if you like a really smoky flavor you could also use a smoking tube.

Step 2: Cook The Pasta

Cook pasta to al dente in salted water, as per package directions then, drain and rinse with cold water.

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Step 3: Make The Roux and Add Milk and Cheese

Place the butter in saucepan and melt over medium heat, then add the flour and whisk until it is totally smooth then very slowly add the milk and whisk until totally mixed in. Turn your heat down to low and add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and 1/2 of cheese and stir until the cheese is totally melted.

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Step 4: Cook The Bacon and Chop Up

Fry the bacon and when its reaches your desired texture remove from the pan and chop up. Add half the bacon to the cheese mixture. Reverse the rest of the bacon to top.

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Step 5: Create Your Mac and Cheese

Place the cooked pasta and cheese mixture into the cooking pan your using. Top with the remaining bacon and rest of the cheese.

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Step 6: Place The Mac and Cheese in The Smoker

Place in the smoker for 45 mins uncovered and cook until the top is browned and bubbly.

Serve immediately.

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An Expert’s Tips

The following tips are sure to give you the perfect smoked Mac & Cheese: 

– Do NOT overcook the pasta.

The low-and-slow cooking time will cause the pasta to keep absorbing more sauce, which may lead to overcooking. 

– Don’t be afraid if it looks too saucy at first because all of it will be sucked up by the pasta as it cooks.

– Let all the cheese melt before checking the sauce for salt.

– Like it hot? Add jalapenos or red chilli flakes into the sauce to add variety and experiment with the dish.

-Splitting the dish up and smoking in several pans will require a cut on the cooking time and double the amount of bacon topping. 

– Warm the sauce and noodles in a large pot before smoking to reduce cooking time.

The warmer your sauce is when it goes into the smoker, the faster it’ll take to get cooked through. 

– If the top of your Mac & Cheese starts to get too brown, loosely cover the pan with some foil to slow down the browning. 

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Side Dishes to Serve With Smoked Mac and Cheese

Below are some of my favorites mains to serve with smoked mac and cheese and below that I have included some other sides its pairs well with

Mains

Smoked Ribeye

Smoked Teriyaki Chicken

Traeger Brisket

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

Smoked Turkey

Sides

Traeger Duck Poppers

Smashed Meatball Sliders

Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich

Freezing Smoked Cheddar Mac and Cheese for Later?

Freezing this smoked Mac & Cheese recipe is no problem; if it is thoroughly chilled first. You can freeze portions in air-tight containers or zipper-top bags for up to three months. 

To reheat, you can let it thaw in the fridge or pop it into the microwave. Next, add a dash of milk or cream to help it get creamy again and warm it covered in a low oven at 300-325°F or on half power in the microwave. 

Which Bacon Should You Use?

Thicker cut bacon is recommended for crumbling as thinner bacon tends to fall apart when cooked crispy and chunky bits work better with mac & cheese. The smokier the bacon, the better.

The butcher bacon is an ideal pick, although packaged bacon can work wonders as well. 

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Are Macaroni Noodles a Must for Mac & Cheese?

 Macaroni is a type of tubed pasta, also known as ‘elbow macaroni’ when it has a curve in it. If you don’t have macaroni noodles at hand then any flat style noodles, or even spirals can be broken into pieces and do the work. 

Regardless of any noodle you use, you can create the perfect smoked Mac & Cheese by making sure the noodles are slightly undercooked before tossing them into the smoker. 

Make sure to give this hearty and filling recipe a go by adding some bacon into the mix the next time you find yourself whipping up a serving of Mac & Cheese!

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Want More Easy And Delicious Recipes?

Here are some of my favorite Traeger recipes you can try at home.

Smoked Spatchcock Turkey

Seared and Smoked Filet Mignon

Pulled Pork

Smoked Brisket

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Traeger Bacon Mac and Cheese 

Want an EPIC smoked mac and cheese recipe with bacon? The crispy bacon topping takes this recipe to the next level, I made this on my Traeger grill but you can do it on any smoker or grill
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 2 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, cheese, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 12

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cheddar shredded
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack shredded
  • 2 cups Parmesan shredded
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 lb pasta shells or elbow macaroni
  • 12 oz cooked bacon chopped
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your Traeger to 300°F, if you like a really smoky flavor you could also use a smoking tube.
  • Cook pasta to al dente in salted water, as per package directions then, drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Place the butter in saucepan and melt over medium heat, then add the flour and whisk until it is totally smooth then very slowly add the milk and whisk until totally mixed in.
  • Turn your heat down to low and add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and 1/2 of cheese and stir until the cheese is totally melted.
  • Fry the bacon and when its reaches your desired texture remove from the pan and chop up. Add half the bacon to the cheese mixture. Reverse the rest of the bacon to top.
  • Place the cooked pasta and cheese mixture into the cooking pan your using. Top with the remaining bacon and rest of the cheese.
  • Place in the smoker for 45 mins uncovered and cook until the top is browned and bubbly.
    Serve immediately.

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

Hungry For More?

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