mac and cheese side dish baked on a pit boss wood pellet grill served in a casserole dish

Baked Mac And Cheese

Baked Mac And Cheese

Category Sides July 4th Kid Friendly Holiday Season
Servings 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Looking for the ultimate side for your BBQ feast? This cheesy classic is guaranteed to impress! This delectably creamy Mac and Cheese comes topped with breadcrumbs and is smoked on the Pit Boss to give you those perfect golden edges. This side is quick and easy to make and will make the BEST addition to your next backyard cookout!

Pit Boss Kitchen
mac and cheese side dish baked on a pit boss wood pellet grill served in a casserole dish


  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 lb. sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. Fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Special Tools

  • Sauce Pot
  • Oven-safe casserole dish


  1. Preheat your grill to 350°F.
  1. Lightly butter or spray a large 3 qt or 4 qt baking dish and set aside. Combine shredded cheeses in a large bowl and set aside.
  1. Slightly undercook your pasta according to the package instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and place in a large bowl. Drizzle pasta with olive oil and stir to coat pasta. Set aside to cool while preparing cheese sauce.
  1. Melt butter in a deep saucepan, dutch oven, or stock pot.
  1. Whisk in flour over medium heat and continue whisking for about 1 minute.
  1. Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream until nice and smooth. Continue whisking until you see bubbles on the surface and then continue cooking and whisking for another 2 minutes. Season to taste.
  1. Stir in the cooled pasta and half of the shredded cheese until combined and pasta is fully coated with the cheese sauce.
  1. Pour half of the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining shredded cheese and then the remaining mac and cheese.
  1. Top with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, then place on center rack of your grill and bake for approximately 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and simmering around the edges.
  1. Remove from grill and hold hot or serve immediately.

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