You can’t have a BBQ without mac and cheese. Out of the box is fine, but why not take it to the next step and try something new!

  1. 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  2. 4 T unsalted butter, divided
  3. 3 T all-purpose flour
  4. 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1-1/2 t fresh thyme leaves, divided
  6. 2 c milk
  7. 3/4 c stout beer (such as Guinness)
  8. 1 t kosher salt
  9. pinch fresh cracked pepper
  10. 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  11. 1/2 c Wispride- or Kaukauna-brand sharp cheddar cheese spread (available in the dairy aisle)
  12. 8 oz elbow macaroni
  13. 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
  14. garnish: fresh thyme leaves and couple pinches barbecue seasoning, such as Chef Prudhomme’s or my Grilling Rub for Chicken

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