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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 1:08 am    Post subject: Alien BBQ Beef Mac and Cheese Reply with quote

Alien BBQ Beef Mac and Cheese

Hold on to your young’ns and call out the Calvary. Finally, a dish that everyone will love at your next barbecue. Slow cooked smoked Mac and Cheese with steak. I have three teenagers in my house and a wife who is a gourmet cook; they all love this dish and it will be a hit at your next outing.
I took the love that everyone seems to have for macaroni and cheese and mixed in a BBQ flare. Imagine smoked cheese with barbecued steak and onions in a creamy sauce with a hint of heat from diced peppers. Almost like a Philly cheese steak on pasta.
Prep time is 30 minutes and cooking time is 1 ½ hours @ 250 degrees.
Feeds 10 – 12 people.
Ingredients:
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream (1/2 for cooking and ½ as a finishing sauce)
¼ cup Butter
1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup
3 Eggs
8 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
32 oz Extra Sharp Cheddar (2- 16 oz. packages)
¼ cup Sour Cream
16 oz Elbow Macaroni
3 Greens from 3 stems of Mexican Green Onions
1 lb Sirloin Steak (cut into thin strips)


Start by placing a pot of water on the stove and heating till it boils. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare the rest of the dish for the smoker.
Place the steak in the smoker and allow it to cook while you are preparing the sauce. This will give each piece of meat a slight smoked flavor and really add a depth of flavor to the dish.



Slice the Pepper Jack and Cheddar cheese into strips, Use ½ of the cheddar cheese (1 – 16 oz package) for the initial part of the dish. Save the other 16 oz package for the final topping. Finally, add in the diced Mexican onion greens.

In a disposable pan (this stuff is sticky) place the greens, cheese, and butter together. Move this pan to the smoker to allow the butter to clarify and the cheese / onion greens to meld together. Stir the melted product to insure consistency of flavor in the dish.



By now your water should have come to a boil (approx 10 minutes.) Place the pasta in the water and allow it to cook for approximately 20 minutes until it comes to a boil again. Once the pasta had come to a boil (it’s not done yet) remove from heat and sit to the side. For something different, try using the colored pasta wheels if you want the kids to join in the fun.
Return to the smoker and remove the cheese and steak from the grill.
Slice the steak into strips and set them to the side.



Drain the pasta and add it to the cheese and onion greens. Stir until the ingredients look smooth.
Add ½ cup of sour cream, ½ cup of heavy whipping cream and the eggs to the mixture slowly (this will prevent the cream from becoming shocked and curdling.)

Pour in the can of cheddar cheese soup and stir until smooth.
Once the mixture is smooth, add in the steak and mix thoroughly.
Return the pan to the smoker set at 250 degrees and allow it to cook (without foil) for approximately 30 minutes.) This will allow the dish to pick up additional smoke flavoring. After 30 minutes, foil the pan and continue to cook.



Cook an additional hour before removing the foil. When removing the foil for the last 30 minutes of cooking, be sure to stir the dish before adding any other ingredients.



Place the other package of sliced cheddar cheese on the top of the dish and return the dish to the smoker.



When the dish is done, remove from the smoker and add ½ cup of heavy cream. Slowly, fold the cream into the dish until the desired creaminess is achieved.



Many times Mac and Cheese can be very salty, so I suggest that you salt the dish to taste at the end of smoking instead of in the beginning. I like my Mac and Cheese a little spicy, so I added a couple of shakes of chipotle salt to mine before serving. If you feel that you must salt during the cooking process, I suggest ½ tsp of GPS (garlic, pepper, and salt) as a start.


The dish is a meal in itself. The richness of the cheese complemented by the steak and peppery taste of the pepper jack cheese will make this a favorite of kids and adults.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've done it again Alien. That looks awesome. I'm sure we'll be trying it real soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks real good,no shortage of cheese in that dish. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that looks very tasty Michael! Very Happy

Thankfully there are no young-uns to hang onto at my house these days! Wink

And while I must admit that recipe looks great, I'm not so sure on your definition of "everyone".

How about those folks on a low-fat, low carb, vegetarian meal plan? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

J/K of course- those people probably never hang out at the smoke ring! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That one looks like a heart stopper for sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 1:31 am    Post subject: Mac and alotta cheese Reply with quote

I'm gonna have to give that one a go..... Idea
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQMAN wrote:
Well that looks very tasty Michael! Very Happy

Thankfully there are no young-uns to hang onto at my house these days! Wink

And while I must admit that recipe looks great, I'm not so sure on your definition of "everyone".

How about those folks on a low-fat, low carb, vegetarian meal plan? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

J/K of course- those people probably never hang out at the smoke ring! Cool


The diet version of this omits the cheese, steak, cream, and noodles Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 6:17 am    Post subject: Confused Reply with quote

My dogs will be confused. They just don't understand something coming off the smoker without bones Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Philly cheese steak on pasta I have to do this one.

Except , (for my daughter only)

I have to use Montery Jack instead of Pepper jack cheese, (hot sauce on the side for me).

Looks like a winner.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien BBQ wrote:
BBQMAN wrote:
Well that looks very tasty Michael! Very Happy

Thankfully there are no young-uns to hang onto at my house these days! Wink

And while I must admit that recipe looks great, I'm not so sure on your definition of "everyone".

How about those folks on a low-fat, low carb, vegetarian meal plan? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

J/K of course- those people probably never hang out at the smoke ring! Cool


The diet version of this omits the cheese, steak, cream, and noodles Shocked Shocked
Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we need to call out the Calvary because after the first bite we'll stroke out and we need to pray our last prayer???

Or do we need to call out the Cavalry to hold back the young uns???
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24 08 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my wife, Mac & Cheese is her "Holy Grail"... she is constantly on the quest to find the perfect Mac&Cheese recipe.. She's tried so many recipes that I have actually told her that she'll never find the perfect M&C.

Myself.. If I never ate it again, I'd be happy... Then again.. I'd be satisfied with the boxed stuff..

BUT THIS!!!!... this looks like it could be the "Holy Grail" of M&C.

As for diet food, any M&C doesn't really qualify. Might as well make it taste great.

Thanks. I'll have to pass this to the wife.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25 08 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien, You need to enter that in the contest Emerill is doing on the Regis and Kelly show. That would have to win! I got 2 kids under the age of 4 and I can't wait to try it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25 08 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, if you win, you get to show em' how its done live on the show. How cool would that be roll your smoker into the studio and smoke up some mac-n-cheese!?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08 08 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Props again Allien, I did this for a birthday party and for a Super Bowl party and it was a huge success.

As is usually the case the second time I made this I had to improvise as I realized that I had no heavy cream, I substituted one jar of roasted pepper alfrdo sauce for the cream and proceded. IMHO it came out much better with the alfredo sauce. I also added some smoked maple bacon that I had smoked at the same time and diced up.

Thanks again for the recipe.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16 08 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to make this. It looks great.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16 08 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ohhh....all that cheese... Shocked
It looks so good, yet I know my heart would chock and gag a couple fo beats. Oh the hell with it! I got to die of something. Might as well be a cheese Overdose. Smile Love it! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16 08 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW Thats looks good. I've been itching to try to make a kicked up mac & cheese. Recently, I've seen 2 different shows on the food network that was about mac & cheese. One was Throwdown with Bobby Flay where he made (along with the woman he was challenging) an awesome M&C dish. His was 5 cheese and her's was 7 cheese. The othert show was Tyler's Ultimate.

Now I see this thread. I Love the idea of adding the steak and cooking it on the smoker. Great, great great idea. I'll be bookmarking this thread!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17 08 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your killin' me over here! That's just incredible!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17 08 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien, I made this recipe for the first time this weekend, it was spectacular. One of the guys at work was bringing in some smoked tri-tip for the group, and wanted people to bring in sides, well now I had to uphold my reputation, but it had to be a side dish, so voila, and everyone at work loved it, I was still getting kudos on it the next day.

Thanks.

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