Tailgate Series: Jalapeno Bacon Smoked Mac and Cheese

by Don's Appliances

Are you stuck on what to make for your next football tailgate?! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. On this week’s tailgate series, Chef Anthony Marino is putting a spicy spin on an all-American favorite – Mac and Cheese. We’re smoking our Mac and Cheese on the grill, adding a whole different level of flavor!

Jalapeno Bacon Smoked Mac and Cheese

(Serves 8)


  • 12 oz. prepared mac and cheese
  • 10 slices bacon candied (recipe below)
  • 2 jalapeños sliced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup BBQ spice rub
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ rub
  • 2 tablespoons garlic rub
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (garnish on top)
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (garnish on top)
  • 4 apple wood chunks
  • 2 sheets aluminum foil
  • 1 foil pan


  1. For candied bacon, add sugar and spice rub to bacon. Place on sheet tray and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool and dice, reserve for mac and cheese
  2. Place mac and cheese in bowl and combine all ingredients. Save panko and cheddar for garnish
  3. Mix all until incorporated, place in small foil pan top with panko and cheese
  4. Wrap apple wood chunks in foil and pre heat grill to 350 degrees
  5. Place mac and cheese on cold side of grill and smoke at 350 degrees for an hour
  6. Serve mac and cheese hot and enjoy!

Stay tuned for more weekly tailgate recipes with Chef Anthony Marino!