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Brisket Mac & Cheese

5 from 61 votes
Published on 01/24/2024 by Umamiology
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This Brisket Mac & Cheese combines the rich, smoky flavors of slow-smoked brisket with the creamy decadence of classic macaroni and cheese. It’s the ultimate cheesy and satisfying comfort food.

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Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food in our house. It’s deliciously cheesy, easy to make and most importantly, it’s filling and satisfying.

Something about the warm savory cheese sauce, married with springy, al dente macaroni pasta – just hits the right spot.

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In this upgraded twist to the classic macaroni and cheese dish, we’ll be adding some smoked brisket, from our Texas-Style Smoked Brisket recipe as well as some extras that’ll give the original version a slight kick of umami, while staying true to it’s core flavor profiles.

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Give it a try and unleash the deliciousness of this must-try smoked brisket mac and cheese!

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The Right Type Of Cheeses To Use

For amazing Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese, you’ll need a good blend of multiple different cheeses. This particular recipe will feature 4 different cheeses: cream cheese, Velveeta, cheddar and gouda.

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Pro Tip: Try to buy cheeses in blocks and shred them yourself. You’ll see finer quality in the cheeses this way, as well as experience a better melt.

The Ingredients for Brisket Mac & Cheese

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The Equipment Needed

Craft Your Cheese Sauce

First, fire up your smoker to 190°F. (If you don’t have a smoker or would rather not utilize it for this recipe, an oven at the same setting will do just fine.)

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Next, take your 1/2 blocks of Velveeta and cream cheese and cut them into small 1/2 inch blocks. Then shred your cheddar and gouda cheeses. Place all of the cheese into a wide aluminum baking pan.

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Dust your cheeses with your garlic powder, Salt Lick Dry Rub, salt and black pepper.

Then add in your butter, heavy cream and white wine.

Afterwards, place your aluminum pan in the smoker and let the cheeses melt into each other (about 45 minutes). Be sure to check in on the cheeses every 15 minutes and give it a good stir.

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Pro Tip: Smoking your cheese sauce will add that extra deep umami flavor that’s featured in Texas barbecues – and that’s one of the secret ingredients to this recipe.

Boil Your Macaroni Pasta

Take your macaroni pasta and add it to a pot of boiling water.

We’ll want our pasta to come out al dente, so cook your macaroni approximately 2 minutes shorter than what the packaging indicates.

Afterwards, drain your macaroni pasta and set aside.

Sauté Your Brisket

Take your 2 cups of leftover Texas-Style Smoked Brisket and chop it into small 1/2 inch cubes.

Then using a pan, briefly sauté your brisket cubes (on medium-low heat) with a teaspoon of Wagyu Beef Tallow (or neutral oil) – just enough to warm them up and give them a slight toasting (about 2-3 minutes only).

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Afterwards, split into 2 portions – 1.5 cups in one bowl (to mix into the mac and cheese) and 0.5 cup in another bowl (to use as a topping).

Next, your pan should have some delicious tallow and fond left over from sautéing your brisket. To that pan – add panko crumbs and lightly toast them over low heat. After about 3-4 minutes of toasting, remove from the pan and set aside.

Putting It All Together

Raise your smoker temperature to 350°F.

To your aluminum pan of cheese sauce, add in your cooked macaroni pasta, 1.5 cups of your sautéed brisket and give everything a good stir so that the sauce and the macaroni fully incorporate.

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Next, to your cast iron skillet – add in your mixed macaroni in cheese sauce and spread it evenly across the surface of the skillet.

Smooth out the top of the mac and cheese, and then layer on your toasted panko crumbs.

Place your cast iron skillet in the middle of your smoker (or oven at 350°F) and let it smoke/bake for about 30 minutes, or until the panko crust become golden brown.

Remove from the smoker and top with the remaining 0.5 cups of sautéed brisket we set aside before.

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Garnish with some freshly minced parsley and finish with a few drizzles of Lillie’s Q – Carolina Barbeque Sauce.

Serve when hot and enjoy!

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Brisket Mac & Cheese

5 from 61 votes
This Brisket Mac & Cheese combines the rich, smoky flavors of slow-smoked brisket with the creamy decadence of classic macaroni and cheese. It's the ultimate cheesy and satisfying comfort food.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Make Brisket Mac And Cheese

  • First, fire up your smoker to 190°F. (If you don't have a smoker or would rather not utilize it for this recipe, an oven at the same setting will do just fine.)
  • Next, take your 1/2 blocks of Velveeta and cream cheese and cut them into small 1/2 inch blocks. Then shred your cheddar and gouda cheeses. Place all of the cheese into a wide aluminum baking pan.
  • Dust your cheeses with your garlic powder, Salt Lick Dry Rub, salt and black pepper.
  • Then add in your butter, heavy cream and white wine.
  • Afterwards, place your aluminum pan in the smoker and let the cheeses melt into each other (about 45 minutes). Be sure to check in on the cheeses every 15 minutes and give it a good stir.
  • Pro Tip: Smoking your cheese sauce will add that extra deep umami flavor that's featured in Texas barbecues – and that's one of the secret ingredients to this recipe.

Boil Your Macaroni Pasta

  • Take your macaroni pasta and add it to a pot of boiling water.
  • We'll want our pasta to come out al dente, so cook your macaroni approximately 2 minutes shorter than what the packaging indicates.
  • Afterwards, drain your macaroni pasta and set aside.

Sauté Your Brisket

  • Take your 2 cups of leftover Texas-Style Smoked Brisket and chop it into small 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Then using a pan, briefly sauté your brisket cubes (on medium-low heat) with a teaspoon of Wagyu Beef Tallow (or neutral oil) – just enough to warm them up and give them a slight toasting (about 2-3 minutes only).
  • Afterwards, split into 2 portions – 1.5 cups in one bowl (to mix into the mac and cheese) and 0.5 cup in another bowl (to use as a topping).
  • Next, your pan should have some delicious tallow and fond left over from sautéing your brisket. To that pan – add panko crumbs and lightly toast them over low heat. After about 3-4 minutes of toasting, remove from the pan and set aside.

Putting It All Together

  • Raise your smoker temperature to 350°F.
  • To your aluminum pan of cheese sauce, add in your cooked macaroni pasta, 1.5 cups of your sautéed brisket and give everything a good stir so that the sauce and the macaroni fully incorporate.
  • Next, to your cast iron skillet – add in your mixed macaroni in cheese sauce and spread it evenly across the surface of the skillet.
  • Smooth out the top of the mac and cheese, and then layer on your toasted panko crumbs.
  • Place your cast iron skillet in the middle of your smoker (or oven at 350°F) and let it smoke/bake for about 30 minutes, or until the panko crust become golden brown.
  • Remove from the smoker and top with the remaining 0.5 cups of sautéed brisket we set aside before.
  • Garnish with some freshly minced parsley and finish with a few drizzles of Lillie’s Q – Carolina Barbeque Sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 877kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 43gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 3190mgPotassium: 636mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1502IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 474mgIron: 4mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What is the best cheese for brisket mac and cheese?

For amazing Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese, you’ll need a good blend of multiple different cheeses. I’ve found that these 4 different cheeses work best – cream cheese, Velveeta, cheddar and gouda.

What meat goes best with mac and cheese?

Smoked brisket pair very well with mac and cheese and adds a depth of umami to the dish.

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