Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese

Whiskey and bacon come together for a killer pasta dish in this Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese!

Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese | Bread Booze Bacon

If you’ve never mixed booze and bacon together, you are missing out my friends.  It’s a like a happy dance of awesomeness.  And not just for the hipster hype of it all.    Done right, they’re totally besties.  Especially when whiskey is involved.

The idea for this pasta dish came from one of my co-workers, and it’s the perfect way to get my fix for cooking with booze.  He had been out of town for a new store opening.  When he got home he told me how he was stuck up there, seeing all the  food sneak peaks I was posting on instagram, and hated that he was missing out on the goods.  I’m known for bringing in goodies at work.  A girl’s got to do something with all those baked goods.

Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese | Bread Booze Bacon

He told me about this Bourbon Bacon Mac and Cheese he had at a restaurant, and that I needed to figure out.  Challenge accepted!  After some questioning I found out the bourbon was more in the bacon than the pasta, but I wanted to kick it up a little.  I made Jack Daniel’s candied bacon, a Jack Daniel’s Cheese sauce, and bliss happened.  The sweet, salty bursts of flavor from the bacon are simply wonderful, and the sauce is creamy and rich.  The whole thing reheats really well too, which is always a challenge, and this pasta does it!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Whiskey and bacon come together for a killer pasta dish in this Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
  • 10 slices bacon
  • ½ 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
  • ⅓ 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
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring ½ 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain pasta; set aside.
  5. 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.

Never Miss A Recipe!


  1. says

    OMG!!!! You stop it right now! I saw this on your sidebar as I was posting on the drink recipe and ugh….I need this in my mouth right now!! So pinning this for later. I might even have to make it for tonight.

  2. says

    This recipe looks interesting, and I definitely want to give it a try. Just one comment though, Jack Daniels is NOT bourbon. It is Tennessee Whiskey. I’ll be using Maker’s Mark in mine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: