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BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese

published Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Servings: 10

Our combination of tender pulled pork with a creamy mac & cheese topped with a tangy BBQ sauce is the ultimate family meal. This recipe calls for a heaping 1 lb portion of pulled pork - so you'll have plenty of leftovers for pulled pork sandwiches, pork grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, and more. Pork can be prepared in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or in the oven - instructions for all below.

Directions

Step 1

Combine sea salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper. Season the 4-6lb Pork Shoulder Roast by rubbing seasoning mixture on all sides.

Step 2

Add 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, roast, onion and garlic to pressure cooker, slow cooker, or roasting pan if preparing in an oven.

Step 3

To Cook pork in a Pressure Cooker: Put lid on, move valve to sealing position, and cook on HIGH pressure for 90 minutes. Allow to natural release.

Step 4

To Cook pork in Slow Cooker: Cover and cook on High until the roast shreds easily with a fork, 5 to 6 hours.

Step 5

To Cook pork in an Oven: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Put the pork in a roasting pan and bake for about 6 hours or until pork if fork-tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees F.

Step 6

Shred pork with forks.

Step 7

Cook elbow macaroni as directed on package, cooking until al dente, about 9 minutes.

Step 8

Heat a 14-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Melt 6 Tablespoons of butter and whisk in the flour until a smooth, thin paste forms.

Step 9

Pour into the flour roux mixture, pour in the 2 cups half and half and 4 cups milk and bring up to a boil while whisking.

Step 10

Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the cream cheese until smooth.

Step 11

Stir in shredded white cheddar cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese until combined.

Step 12

Stir in 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 2 tsp granulated garlic, ½ tsp mustard powder, ½ tsp smoked paprika.

Step 13

Remove skillet from heat and stir in cooked macaroni noodles.

Step 14

Top with 1 lb shredded pull pork. Drizzle with your favorite BBQ sauce. Sprinkle with chopped green onions. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Instructions for cooking pork in oven: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Put the pork in a roasting pan and bake for about 6 hours. Basically, roast the pork until it's falling apart and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees F.

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