Grilled Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese on the grill is going to be one of the tastiest side dishes you've ever had. Its over-the-top, cheesy, creamy flavor is loved by adults and children as well.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 1 pound bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 3 large onions, minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 quart whole milk

  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ (6 ounce) package fish-shaped cheese crackers (such as Goldfish®)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Set up an outdoor grill for indirect cooking over medium heat. For charcoal, use coals on one side of the grill. For gas, shut off one side of the grill.

  3. Place an 8-quart cast iron Dutch oven over the hot side of the grill. Add bacon; cook and stir until it renders its fat, but doesn't crisp up, 5 to 7 minutes. Add onions and garlic; move the Dutch oven so only about half of the pot is over the heat. Cook and stir until onions start to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in milk and cook until hot, but not simmering. Melt in cream cheese.

  4. Stir in about a handful of Cheddar cheese at a time until 3 cups have been melted into the mixture. Move the Dutch oven to the cooler side of the grill. Stir in cooked macaroni. Crumble the cheese crackers over the top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese.

  5. Close the lid of the grill and let cook until bubbly and reduced, about 40 minutes, rotating the Dutch oven every 5 minutes or so to keep from burning. Remove from heat and serve.

Cook's Note:

You can cook this indoors, but you'll lose a lot of flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

782 Calories
42g Fat
61g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 782
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 23g 114%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1035mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 676mg 52%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 577mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love