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BBQ Pork Mac n' Cheese

By: The National Pork Board
BBQ Pork Mac n Cheese
BBQ Pork Mac n Cheese
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This recipe for BBQ Pork Mac n' Cheese is combines one of the tastiest slow cooker recipes around with a simple, homemade mac and cheese recipe. Savory and tangy, this dish offers the perfect flavor combination. The pork cooks all day, so you can do the legwork of the meal preparation early in the day, and come home to finish it off. Children and adults, alike, will love this savory dish.


Serves 6, plus extra pulled pork as leftovers.

Serves 6, plus extra pulled pork as leftovers


Preparation Time10 min

Slow Cooker Time LOW8 hr


  • 2 to 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce, (any variety or preference)
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni, or another small pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 1 1/2 cup Fontina cheese, shredded (can substitute white Cheddar)
  • kosher salt and pepper


  1. Place the pieces of pork shoulder and BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Cover and place on LOW heat for 8 hours.

  2. After 8 hours, using two forks, shred the pork while its still in the slow cooker. Once shredded, let it rest in the slow cooker with the remaining BBQ sauce.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 to 7 minutes. Stir in the half and half. When the mixture just begins to simmer, add the cheese and whisk until smooth.

  5. 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.

  6. Evenly distribute the pasta to 6 serving bowls and add a serving of the shredded BBQ pulled pork on top of the pasta and serve. Reserve the additional pulled pork for leftovers.

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Oh, this sounds so delicious. I am ready to try it now. Does the fontina cheese taste like white cheddar? Is that the closest substitute for it? I have never used it, so I have no clue what it tastes like or comes out like when melted. It looks so tasty.

Mac'n Cheese and BBQ pork are without doubt the perfect summer time cookout foods, so together in one dish it's got to be a big hit. I'm afraid to admit that as much as I love cheese, I've never had Fontina but I'm noticing it more and more in recipes lately. Does it favor Cheddar, is it more like Monterey Jack, or am I completely off base?


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