Oct 292014
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This BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe is part of the Sverve #SmokehouseBBQ campaign. Recipe and thoughts are my own.

We just found out that the weather on Halloween is supposed to be pretty rotten.  And by rotten, I mean it’s going to be in the 40s with a 70% chance of rain.  There may be a very soggy Elsa by the end of the night.

Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon

So before we head out to trick or treat, I’ll be making sure that everyone eats a hot, filling dinner. One of my go-to meals is homemade mac & cheese. It’s Bubbles-approved, and everyone else that has tried it, loves it. I have a few different variations, like my Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, and this one for my Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon.  Because everything’s better with bacon, right?

Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon

5.0 from 6 reviews
Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1¾ cups milk, warmed
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 4 oz cheddar, cubed
  • 4 oz white Velveeta, cubed
  • 2 oz Gouda, cubed
  • 8 oz cavatappi pasta
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 pkg Farm Rich Smokehouse Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cook chicken according to package directions (I used the microwave). Stir in BBQ sauce and set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions for 8 minutes; set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter.
  5. Whisk in flour and let cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add salt, pepper, and dry mustard; whisk additional 2 minutes.
  7. Slowly add warmed milk, whisking constantly. Pour in water.
  8. Continue whisking until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
  9. Working in batches, add all three cheeses to the mixture. Stir until smooth.
  10. Add in pasta, chicken, and half of the bacon, mixing until combined.
  11. Spray baking dish with cooking spray and spoon in mac and cheese.
  12. Sprinkle with remaining bacon.
  13. Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and bacon is crisp.

If you’re not familiar with the Farm Rich Smokehouse Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Chicken I used in the recipe, it’s fairly new.  You can find it Walmart for $6.97 (for even less when you use this $1.00 off coupon). The chicken is high in protein with no preservatives and should do a good job of keeping everyone full of energy as we go door-to-door on Halloween.

I’ll be honest; shredding chicken is one of my least favorite parts of any recipe. I love that this comes precooked and preshredded, saving me lots of time. They also have a Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Pork, plus Pulled Pork BBQ and Pulled Beef Brisket in a Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce.

What do you like to add to your mac & cheese?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  32 Responses to “Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon”

  1. OMG! I *love* some homemade mac and cheese, and this…well, this just blows my mind! And with bacon? Oh, this is going on the holiday recipe list right away! Thank you for sharing! YUMMM!

  2. Mmmmm…This sounds absolutely delicious! And I just love the idea of using Farm Rich Smokehouse chicken to save time – I hate shredding chicken, too!

  3. I’m wanting your chicken mac and cheese for breakfast! Mac and cheese is such a favorite food, so warm and comforting. I do believe I could eat it any time. Looks yummy!

  4. This is a definite must-try! My family loves all types of mac-n-cheese, and this looks fabulous!

  5. My kiddos are going to lose their minds! Thank YOU! Making this tonight!

  6. Oh wow!! This looks delicious!!

  7. Our family loves Mac and Cheese!! I love your recipe and HAVE to pin it for later.

  8. BBQ, Mac N Cheese, and BACON? You had me at bacon. This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your yummy recipe!

  9. Hello bacon! Saving this to make later…looks delish!

  10. Hello bacon! Saving this to make later…looks delish!

  11. Looks AMAZING! I bet the kids would LOVE LOVE this!

  12. WOW – I know our gang here would definitely be interested in this one! Thx

  13. What a great idea! I love this! I think my husband and son would go crazy for this recipe.

  14. This recipe is a combo of all of my fav things! Pinning for later.

  15. Saw this and it looks amazing! The melty, cheesy goodness…and everything is even better with bacon! I can’t wait to try it.

  16. AMAZING…This looks so good and all of those ingredients sound perfect to me! :)

  17. Hi! Liza, Both your BBQ Mac and Cheese and your Mom’s Meatloaf caught my eye. They both sound amazing! I am a sucker for comforting recipes. Thanks!

  18. Hi, Liza! This looks delicious, and I know that my family would love it. :) Pinned and tweeted! I’m a new follower — so glad to have found you. Have a great week!

  19. Bbq sauce, bacon, and chicken in homemade mac and cheese. Oh my goodness this sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing. My son will love this.

  20. Looks so yummy,, how far away are you,im to lazy to make it myself hehehehe

  21. Yum! This looks really good! My family would love it for dinner:) Pinned!

  22. This sounds amazing! What a great casserole!

  23. Stopping by from the Handmade Tuesdays link party. This looks out of this world! My husband will love it. I will definitely have to put it on the menu soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. This looks so delicious! I’m featuring you this week.

  25. Oh my, that sounds like a crowd pleaser! Sometimes I like to add in some cauliflower just to health it up a little bit!

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  27. Scootch over and pass a fork please, this looks delish!!! It has everything I love in it!!!

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