Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese

Who are we kidding? How can this possibly not be amazing, right? RIGHT!! One of our guests at Bourbonfest was going to make Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese, but changed her mind and brought and amazing Bourbon Cheese Ball instead. However, she did make it a few days later and said it was amazing. She got the recipe from www.whitelightsonwednesday.com. She is someone who is a great cook, so I completely trust her judgement!! Cheese, Pasta, Bourbon, and Bacon. Seriously..what can go wrong??

Jack Daniels Bacon Mac and Cheese

Time Required: Prep Time – 10min; Cook Time – 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey (or whiskey of your choice)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound macaroni pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s Tenessee Whiskey
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparing Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Remove from heat. On a plate, combine brown sugar and cayenne. Dip bacon into Jack Daniels and then press each side into brown sugar mixture to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 7 minutes, then flip and bake for about 5 minutes. Watch the bacon so it doesn’t burn. {The sugar will run all over the pan, and the bacon with have a shiny lacquered look.} Remove the bacon to a plate coated with non-stick cooking spray to cool. Chop bacon; set aside.
  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain pasta; set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and whisk to combine. {You will have a very tight roux.} Add 1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s and whisk into roux. Whisk in 1 cup milk until combined. Add remaining milk. Whisk frequently until sauce thickens and begins to bubble. Add cheeses; whisk until cheeses melt and sauce is smooth. Add paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over pasta, and add bacon. Stir until pasta is completely coated in sauce. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

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