Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese

Preparation 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 0:40
Serves 6     adjust servings

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

Ingredients

Whiskey Candied Bacon

  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey (or whiskey of your choice)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Macaroni

  • 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

Instructions

    Candied Bacon:

    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.)
    4. Remove the bacon to a plate coated with non-stick cooking spray to cool completely. Chop bacon; set aside.

    Macaroni:

    1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain pasta; set aside.
    2. 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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    Recipe Notes

    Watch your bacon like a hawk! The sugar can go from awesome to burnt quickly if you're not paying attention.
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