Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese… AKA Piggy Mac!

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  • Surround yourself with a BBQ classic, pulled pork, then pair it with that undeniable creamy bowl of goodness…Mac & Cheese. YUM! A big THANK YOU to Nutmeg Nanny for this sure thing fave dish. She uses sharp cheddar cheeses, sweet barbecue sauce and she even shares her secret ingredient for the pulled pork. We’re always open to try secret ingredients! Nutmeg Nanny found this dish called, “Piggy Mac” at a local BBQ place and recreated it. Awesome for us. It’s a nice, easy to understand recipe for both the pulled pork and the macaroni. Her pic of this Piggy Mac is an eye catcher and we bet that many of us are definitely making this one.

    Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese! 

    (Piggy Mac)

    photo: Nutmeg Nanny
    photo: Nutmeg Nanny

    At Yum Maker, we’re all about easy and delicious treats to make. So, in case some of us may not think that making pulled pork is very easy, then maybe save this recipe for a weekend dish.  But, with all respect to this recipe, you could also opt for an already prepared BBQ pulled pork package in the refrigerated section at your local grocery. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just find a BBQ sauce that you like to drizzle on top, if you like extra BBQ sauce. If anything, this recipe can inspire you to add that YUM BBQ flavor to your fave Mac & Cheese dish! Everyone wins, here.

    Grab: 

    For pulled pork:

    • 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, fat trimmed
    • 1 yellow onion, sliced
    • 1 (12 ounce) can ginger beer/ale  (Favorite: ” Vernors” Ginger Ale)
    • 1-2 cups BBQ sauce

    For mac and cheese:

    • 1 pound elbow macaroni
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 cups whole milk, warmed
    • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

    Make It:

    1. Pulled Pork is made in a 6 quart slow cooker: Add the pork shoulder and onion. Pour in the ginger ale (The secret ingredient is “Vernors” Ginger Ale, as it has a bold ginger flavor.) Cook on low for 5 hours. Pork is done when it’s tender and pulled apart easily with a fork.
    2. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, pull apart. Pour out the liquid that’s in the cooker and then place the pulled pork back in the cooker. Add 1 cup of BBQ sauce (or more if preferred) and stir to coat evenly, but not dripping with sauce. Keep warm while cooking the macaroni.
    3. Cook the macaroni – follow directions on package.
    4. Make cheese sauce: Use large skillet, medium heat, add butter. Once butter is melted, whisk in flour and then slowly whisk in milk until creamy. Stir in shredded cheese until melted.
    5. (Preheat oven to 350 degrees, F.  and spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick spray )
    6. Combine it all in your casserole dish. Pour the cheese sauce on the macaroni and then top with the pulled pork. Add a sprinkle of cheese if you’d like. Bake for about 15 minutes to heat it all through! Of course, drizzle that yummy BBQ sauce on top, too! YUM!

    This dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Make it for your backyard BBQ alongside burgers, hotdogs and coleslaw. But, really no occasion required for this awesome dish.

    Recipe source: http://www.nutmegnanny.com

     

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