Sweet Heat BBQ Mac and Cheese
Food and Drink

Courtesy of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q, stubbsbbq.com

Sweet Heat BBQ Mac and Cheese

1 pound smoked pork shoulder

12oz. dried ridged pasta, preferably rotini or farfalle

kosher salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 small yellow onions, chopped

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 1/2 cups whole milk

1 1/2 cups Stubb’s Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce

Freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (4oz.)

1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (4oz.)

4oz. cream cheese

2/3 cups panko

1/2 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh chives (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Use leftover pulled pork from your last great BBQ or slow roast a pulled pork in your slow cooker or heavy duty roasting pan in the oven. Don’t sauce the pork if you haven’t already. Shred the pork into about 2″ long pieces.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of well-salted water according to package directions until just barely al dente. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in a large 8-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring frequently until translucent and soft. Whisk in flour and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in milk slowly. Raise heat to medium high and whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble.

Whisk in Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a low simmer, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and use a wooden spoon to stir in all cheese except Pepper Jack until melted. Stir in the reserved pork and pasta until well coated. Pour the mixture into a 12″ cast iron skillet.

In a small bowl, mix the panko, Pepper Jack, and olive oil. Sprinkle evenly over the mixture in the skillet.

Bake until the topping is browned and the cheese sauce is bubbling through the topping and around the edges of the skillet, around 40-45 minutes. If the topping begins to brown too deeply, tent loosely with foil. Let the dish rest for at least 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chives and serve.