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Old 08-17-2010, 10:19 AM   #1
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Default Smoked Mac-N-Cheese with Bourbon and Bacon

This last Saturday I smoked my latest batch of maple cured bacon. This is what it looked like Sunday morning after cooling off overnight in the fridge.


I knew I was planning an entry into the BBQ Brethren Cheese Throwdown. I figured I'd do a Smoked Macaroni and Cheese and use some bacon to kick it up a notch. So I cut 4 thick slices.


But that made me hungry so I cut 4 more, not quite as thick and gently fried them up.


Added some eggs


and a plate for the missus.



After Breakfast I assemble the rest of the ingredients: noodles, Asiago cheese, nutmeg, Tabasco, Maker's Mark (to give it another little kick - I find that bourbon goes well with smoke)



I cook up the noodles and I heat up 3 cups of cream and add the nutmeg, Tabasco, fresh ground pepper, and Maker's. Just as it comes to a simmer, I turn off the heat and stir in the cheese.



I leave that to cool for a bit while I fire up the ProQ and grill up the bacon. I start the grill up one one stacker, but as soon as the fat starts to drip, I add a second stacker to keep the bacon above the flare ups. Even at 24 inches above the coals, the temp shows 450 degrees.

The fifth piece is the end trimming. I'm grilling it up to snack on.


Here's the bacon off the grill along with some Colby/Jack cheese and some pepper shells to stuff with mac and cheese.



I mix the cooked noodles with the creamy bourbon asiago cheesy sauce and fill the peppers and the baking dish. I choose a shallow baking dish to get more surface for more smoky goodness in every bite.



I top the cooked noodles and creamy bourbon asiago cheesy sauce with the Colby Jack cheese and chop up the bacon.



Just before I top it with the bacon, I sense something is missing. I search through the fridge and find some jalapenos. I slice them into thin rings and remove the seeds. Now it's starting to come together.



I top the mac and cheese with the bacon and start to head for the smoker, but a last minute inspiration strikes and I grab some 7 year aged sharp cheddar and chop it into cubes. Add that on top of the bacon and it's off to the smoker.



Here it is on the smoker after an hour or so.



Here it is off the grill. This is the picture I decide to use for my entry into the BBQ Brethren Cheese Throwdown.


Here is an attempt at a plating picture:

It looked good on the 2 inch camera lcd, but full size on the monitor... Something's not quite right.

Anyway I hope you enjoy my pictures and that that you check out the BBQ-Brethren Cheese Throwdown (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=90503) whether you vote for my entry or one of the other great entries.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:22 AM   #2
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Oh yeah!!!
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:23 AM   #3
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Looks great on my 10" monitor
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Nice job! Can I have some for breakfast please!!!
Really like how you did this, and the jalapeno rings are a good touch!

Thought I'd help ya out with a pic...
It looked so good I wanted to see the real color!
Removed most of the over saturated blue spectrum.
Think this could be your winning pic!



EDIT: Tried the pic you chose, but had too much yellow. If I removed it, it flattened the color of the dish too much.
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Makes me hungry just looking at it. I would prolly have the bourbon on the side.
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That really was a wonderful photo essay.
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I just ate my sad little grilled cheese sandwich and I come on here and see this... I'm just gonna sit in my corner and wish I had something like that to cure my cheese craving!
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Mmmmm... Looks so good!
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That is simply outstanding - great pics and looks seriously delicious! Bravo!
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It got my vote with the original picture.
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You had me at Bacon. That is some of the best Mac and cheese I have EVER seen. You have inspired me
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Looks great on my 24" monitor. Except for those marks on the screen where I was licking it...
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Smiter:

Here's my try:
I went into photoshop and opened the picture then hit Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation. I chose the Blues From the list of colors and the saturation to -100. Is that what you did?

I've got Photoshop CS3 here. I really should have used it at least for the entry photo.
Maccc1.jpg

Thanks for the idea!

Hope everyone votes in the Cheese Throwdown!
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