Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese recipe loaded with hickory smoked peppered bacon, tons of ooey gooey smoky cheese and a selection of spices to wake up all your senses. This is the mac and cheese of your dreams.
Macaroni and cheese has to be the #1 comfort food. But not only that its a simple go to dish. It is our favorite. Anytime you ask my 4 year old what she wants for dinner, it's mac and cheese! Well that makes 3 of us, because with all thay ooey gooey cheese I could certainly eat it every day for the rest of my life and never tire of it.
Needless to say I get the chance to create a lot of unbelievable twists on traditional mac and cheese. I am especially proud of my most recent creation - Jack Daniel's Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese. After creating bbq sauce, pork chops, grill sauce, pulled pork, a surprising fudgy brownie and cocktail after cocktail I knew I wanted to create a Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese.
It's ready in just 30 minutes and I know you are going to love it!
It's unlike any mac and cheese you have ever eaten. Jack Daniel's cooks down to leave the perfect smokiness, some maple and a hint of woodsiness to recipes and to me that meant it would be perfect with bacon!! Oodles of ooey gooey cheese, 12 ounces of hickory smoked peppered bacon and a collection of spices that will wake up your taste buds and leave you completely satisfied makes this the best mac and cheese of your life.
On that note, did you know it;s Mac and Cheese Mania week? You will see recipes for Mac and Cheese popping up all over the blogosphere this week and tons of recipes being posted today.
AND... as a bonus, we are inviting all of you (that means you! no blog required!) to upload YOUR favorite recipes to share the mac and cheese love and be entered in a giveaway to win some fabulous prizes. Visit Rachel Cooks and Nutmeg Nanny to learn more and enter for a chance to win! Mac and Cheese Mania is being sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO.
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Jack Daniel's Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese
SERVES 4 | ACTIVE TIME 30 Min | TOTAL TIME 30 Minutes
½ tsp kosher salt + more for pasta water
12 oz Hickory smoked peppered bacon, uncooked
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon New Mexico chili powder
1 tablespoon chili pepper paste
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups milk
4 ounces extra sharp cheddar (white), shredded
2 ounces smoked provolone cheese, shredded
2 ounces Asiago cheese, shredded
8 oz dry elbow pasta
Bring an 8 quart covered pot filled with water to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, add a handful of salt and pasta. Reduce heat to medium high and cook uncovered to al dente (has a bite to it). Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile warm a large 12” skillet over medium-high heat. Using clean kitchen shears cut bacon into bite size pieces over the skillet and let them to fall into the pan. Stir occasionally as needed. Cook until crisp.
While the bacon is cooking, shred cheeses and prepare remaining ingredients.
Once bacon is cooked through, remove bacon to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings and discard the rest. Wipe the side of the skillet to avoid flame ups.
Pour reserved bacon drippings back into the skillet over medium heat and add butter. Once melted add flour and whisk to combine. Add spices, chili paste, Worcestershire, whiskey and chicken broth. Whisk to combine. Allow to come to a bubble for 3 minutes, whisking occasionally to help pick up the bits on the bottom of the pan. Add milk. Whisk to combine. Bring back to a bubble and add cheeses. Stir until cheese is melted and smooth.
Add pasta to sauce and stir to combine. Add bacon. Cook pasta in sauce for 5 minutes over medium heat until sauce thickens and the pasta has a chance to absorb some of the sauce.
Sprinkle with croutons, if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe may be doubled. Simply use 2x the ingredients and follow cooking directions.
Sauce will thicken as it cools. If sauce is too thick, add milk ½ cup at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
Reheat instructions: Add pasta to pot with milk. Heat until warmed through, adding ½ cup of milk at a time until desired constancy is reached.
Freezing instructions: Allow pasta to come to room temperature. Place in resealable plastic bag or container. If using a container press a small piece of plastic wrap over top to avoid freezer burn. Will keep for up to 6 months. To reheat, that pasta and follow reheat instructions.
You can substitute another liquid for the whiskey. Beer, bourbon or chicken broth would be best.
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