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.
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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cook chicken according to package directions (I used the microwave). Stir in BBQ sauce and set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package directions for 8 minutes; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter.
- Whisk in flour and let cook for 2 minutes.
- Add salt, pepper, and dry mustard; whisk additional 2 minutes.
- Slowly add warmed milk, whisking constantly. Pour in water.
- Continue whisking until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
- Working in batches, add all three cheeses to the mixture. Stir until smooth.
- Add in pasta, chicken, and half of the bacon, mixing until combined.
- Spray baking dish with cooking spray and spoon in mac and cheese.
- Sprinkle with remaining bacon.
- 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?