BBQ Pork Mac n' Cheese
● By Hood Magazine
Photo courtesy of Pork Be Inspired
- 2-3lbs pork shoulder, cut into 3 pieces*
- 1 18-oz bottle barbeque sauce, any variety
- 12oz elbow macaroni or any small pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 3/4 c half & half
- 1 1/2 c fontina cheese, shredded (can substitute white cheddar)
- kosher salt and pepper
Place the pieces of pork shoulder and BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Cover and place on low heat for 8 hours.
After 8 hours, using two forks, shred the pork while it’s still in the slow cooker. Once shredded, let it rest in the slow cooker with the remaining BBQ sauce.
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta.
Return the pot to the stove over low heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is warm, add the onion, season with salt and cook until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the half and half. When the mixture just begins to simmer, add the cheese and whisk until smooth.
Once the cheese has melted, add the pasta and stir to coat. If the macaroni and cheese seems thick, add a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Taste and season with additional salt as needed.
Serves 6, plus extra pulled pork as leftovers
*You can also use your favorite pre-packaged pulled pork in lieu of making it in the slow cooker. Prepare the pork to the package directions, and place on top of macaroni and cheese once cooked.