How To Cook Mac and Cheese On A Traeger

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A Few years back, I was hanging out with Tim from Traeger one day doing some cooking demos and he introduced me to this amazing treat. 

How to Cook Mac and Cheese on a Traeger

I tweaked it a bit to add that Chef J touch, but HUGE thanks to Tim for introducing me to Traeger Mac and Cheese.  Happy Cooking, Chef Jason

Yield: Serves 8-10 people

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 40-60 Minutes


Print Recipe: Traeger Mac and Cheese


1 ea​​ - Aluminum Disposable Pan, Full - ​​​​Spray with pan coating
1 Lb​​ - Pasta, Elbow or Penne
1 Stick - Butter, Unsalted - ​​​​​​Cubed
4 Cups​ - Half and Half​​​​​​
1 Jar​​ - Sauce, Alfredo, 14.5oz - ​​​​​your choice of brand​​
1.5 Cup​ - Stock, Chicken​​​​
6 oz​​ - Cheese, Quesadilla, Shredded​​​
6 oz​​Cheese, Cheddar, Sharp, Shredded​​​
6 oz​​ - Cheese, Parmesan, Shredded​​​
1.5 Cup​ - Green Chile, Fire Roasted, Diced​ ​​I went with Medium Heat
2 Tbsp​ - Rub A Dub, 5280 Culinary​​​​ - just as needed​​
2 Tbsp​ - Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary - ​​​​​adjust as needed
1.5 Cups - Bacon, Applewood, Thick Cut, Cooked​​Chopped small / medium

Prep Directions

  • Follow all prep instructions in the prep notes
  • Mix Mac and Cheese in a large stainless-steel mixing bowl and then transfer to the half pan for cooking

Cooking Directions

  • Spray an aluminum disposable pan with non-stick spray, set aside
  • Fill Traeger Ironwood with Reserve Blend Pellets and Ignite
    • Set Temp to 375˚
  • For Easier Mixing – Place all ingredients into a Medium-Large mixing bowl
  • Add the pasta to the bowl
  • Add the cubed butter, half and half, alfredo and chicken stock
  • Mix this into the pasta
  • Add the Hatch Green chiles and seasonings
  • Mix in the chiles and seasoning
  • Place the pasta mixture into the disposable pan
  • Add the cheese to the top
  • Cover with aluminum foil
  • Place into the Traeger and bake covered for 40 minutes
  • Open the cover and stir well, if the pasta is soft, fully remove the foil and allow to brown
    • If pasta is not soft, cover & cook in 10 min increments until done
  • For a smoke finish, turn to smoke setting and smoke for 10 minutes
    • Uncover when smoking at the end of cooking
  • Remove from the Traeger, stir and serve

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Published: 6/30/2020