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Mac and Cheese Recipe That's Baked in a Smoker

Updated on June 16, 2017
Cooked and smoked in the electric smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees internal temperature for perfect dish of Mac and Cheese.
Cooked and smoked in the electric smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees internal temperature for perfect dish of Mac and Cheese. | Source

Macaroni and cheese is the perhaps one of the most traditional family dishes ever. It goes with so many meals. Add a little touch of summer and BBQ, and now it is time for smoking the mac and cheese. Stick with hickory chips for a mild flavor, and only hit with smoke one time. Generally, this dish is going in with the meats during the last 45 minutes or so after the meat is done smoking. Just add a smaller amount of wet wood chips one time to give the noodles their smokiness. Keep the dish uncovered to allow the cheese noodles to absorb the smoke.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 10-12 servings

Ingredients for mac and cheese bake

  • 1 16 oz/1lb Bag Shell Noodles, Shells best, homemade bowties, or macroni noodles
  • 1 Bag 16oz/1lb or 1 Block Cheddar Cheese, Mild, Medium or Sharp shredded or block cheese shredded
  • 1 10 1/2 oz Can Campbells Cheese Soup, Condensed Campbells Soup
  • 1 10 1/2 oz Can Campbells Broccoli Cheese Soup, Condensed Campbells Soup
  • 1 Empty Soup Can Whole Milk or 2% Milk, Fill one empty soup can with milk
  • 1 tsp to 1 TBLS Salt or No Salt for lower sodium
  • 1 tsp to 1 TBLS Pepper
  • Sprinkle to 1/4 tsp Emerils' Original Essence, (optional)
  • Sprinkle to 1/4 tsp Celery Salt, (optional)
  • 1 full insert Hickory Wood Chips, Soak wood chips or dry is fine

Preparing the Dish for the Smoker

  1. Use a 3 quart glass casserole dish or an aluminum tray. (Smoke will coat the dish, use vinegar and baking soda to remove the film afterwards or dedicate the dish to the smoker.)
  2. Cook the pasta noodles al dente, or just 4-5 minutes boiling time only (it will cook in the smoker or oven fully) Any longer time boiling and your macaroni noodles will taste overcooked. Any brand of noodles are good. I found the shell noodles are best. You can use regular macaroni noodles, just boil 3-4 minutes or if you use homemade noodles, only boil 3 minutes.
  3. Spray the dish with non-stick oil spray.
  4. To improve seasoning the dish, add ingredients 1/3rd at a time so you can add some cheese soup, seasoning, and a little of the shredded cheese each time and mix before adding the next portion. The celery salt is optional, use a small amount of Emeril's Original Essence seasoning. I add a lot of pepper, but seasoning is the way your family eats food. I also use No Salt for lower sodium n this dish. You can use regular salt, I also use some Sea Salt in the boiling water, about 1/2 tsp.
  5. Add a little kick! Throw in 1/4 to 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese. There is a 3 cheese mix that is even better, already shredded and ready to drop it right in. The smoke and the hot kick are awesome with BBQ! Make sure you have some cottage cheese on the side, or vanilla ice cream as a treat after all this good stuff.

Mixing Ingredients and Adding to the Dish to Bake

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil on high heat. Add noodles and only boil 4-5 minutes. They will cook the rest of the way in smoker.
  2. In a 1 or 2 quart pot, add the broccoli cheese soup, cheese soup and can of milk. Stir to mix all together. Warm on low to medium heat, do not let it boil.
  3. Drain the water from the noodles. Run a little cold water over them to keep them from getting sticky.
  4. Use a 3 Quart tall glass casserol dish or an aluminum disposable square pan. Spray a little non-stick spray inside the dish.
  5. Pour 1/3 of noodles into the dish, 1/3 of the soup mix and a small amount of shredded cheese. Mix and add some of each of the seasonings.
  6. Repeat Step 5 two more times and mix everything together. Add more seasoning of salt and pepper if needed. It is cooked enough, you can taste a bit to get it the way you like your mac and cheese.
  7. Add 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese on the top. Do not cover the dish. Add 1 time, the wood chips to the smoker before adding the dish.
  8. Bake in electric or gas smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees (all smokers vary in the real degree inside the smoker, mine is 245 to maintain true 225 inside.
  9. Cook 1 hour(for softer top)to 2 hours at the most. When it cooks more than an hour and a half, the top portion will crust over a little harder.

Mac and Cheese Smoked

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Cooked and smoked in the electric smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees internal temperature for perfect dish of Mac and Cheese.Cheddar cheese (mild, medium or sharp - your choice.All mixed and ready for the 1 cup topping of cheddar cheeseAfter 1 hour in the smoker. Ready to take out and serve it up with ribs, chicken, pork or brisket.Very creamy and very cheesy mac and cheese
Cooked and smoked in the electric smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees internal temperature for perfect dish of Mac and Cheese.
Cooked and smoked in the electric smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees internal temperature for perfect dish of Mac and Cheese. | Source
Cheddar cheese (mild, medium or sharp - your choice.
Cheddar cheese (mild, medium or sharp - your choice. | Source
All mixed and ready for the 1 cup topping of cheddar cheese
All mixed and ready for the 1 cup topping of cheddar cheese | Source
After 1 hour in the smoker. Ready to take out and serve it up with ribs, chicken, pork or brisket.
After 1 hour in the smoker. Ready to take out and serve it up with ribs, chicken, pork or brisket. | Source
Very creamy and very cheesy mac and cheese
Very creamy and very cheesy mac and cheese | Source

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      This sounds absolutely delicious, bridalletter, and the photo of the finished mac and cheese just makes my mouth water! :)

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you, it is really great to make when you have a lot of people over. This batch turned out perfect.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      bridalletter, you are my hero. This is the best idea I've read all day. My mouth is watering uncontrollably. UGH- I JUST WISH I HAD A SMOKER!!!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you, that is a wonderful comment. I am very sure you can bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes. Maybe adding a very tiny amount of liquid smoke to get the smoked flavor in the oven.

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your win, bridalletter! This is such a great take on a classic dish. Everyone loves Mac & Cheese and this is sure to be a hit. I don't have a smoker either, so the baked variation is awesome.

      Great hub!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you. The win has me excited about adding a few more recipes this month.

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      bridalletter, congrats! Smoked flavor is awesome!

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      mzindependent 5 years ago from Texas

      Omg, this dish looks so yummy! :) I wish I had a smoker, but I'll try your modification (for an oven) mentioned in an earlier comment. For the record, I love Mac & Cheese ...

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This recipe look so good. I'm going to printed it.

      Voted up useful and interesting.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you. It is awesome and very cheesy!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Looks great and sounds good. Bet it is to die for.

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