Barbecue Mac Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Except, nope! You totally have to think about it. All day long. As the delicious smells waft from the slow cooker into your home office you think about the slow cooker and what is inside it, and how it will taste, and when you can eat it, and if possibly you could sneak a bite right now, and maybe you should lift the lid just to check on it, and, and, and.
Last night I made the mistake of putting my delicious looking chuck roast in the slow cooker before bed. That would have been bad enough, but then I went and dumped in a bottle of Brown Sugar and Cider Vinegar Simmer Sauce. The smells, y’all. They kept me up half the night. I drooled like I’ve never drooled before. The dreams I had were amazing and delicious, but somehow not quite satisfying.
Then I jumped out of bed this morning, shredded the beef, dumped in the packet of Sweet Hickory BBQ finishing sauce and I gobbled up a few pieces of that delicious meat!
I’m in love with Kraft Recipe Makers’ line of products! Each one that I’ve tried so far has seriously impressed me and this slow cooker BBQ beef didn’t fall short! My family absolutely loves BBQ sandwiches, so this box of sauces was up against my tried and true barbecue beef sandwich recipe. I’m happy to say that no one even blinked when I served them these! They were just as in love as I was!
Now, you can certainly serve these sandwiches on buns the traditional way, which is what I did for my kiddos. The husband and I decided to get a little adventurous though! We took our side of macaroni and cheese and plopped it on some bread with some extra cheese and a helping of meat before grilling it to crispy, crunchy perfection. What a fabulous sandwich! The textures and flavors were amazing.
I’m leaving the recipe pretty general, because you probably don’t need 12 sandwiches at once. The amount of beef and macaroni and cheese called for in the recipe will create at least that many sandwiches, though! As I mentioned, I made two of these sandwiches for me and the husband, and served the rest of the meat on sandwich buns for the kids with the mac and cheese on the side.
Anyway, if you haven’t tried Kraft Recipe Makers’ yet, I hope you will soon! They are perfect for busy nights when you don’t want drive through or a box meal, but you just don’t have the time to cook a gourmet meal all by yourself. Open up your box of two complimentary sauces, add your fresh ingredients, and you can get dinner on the table easy peasy. The sauces are excellent and will totally make your family think you’ve been slaving away all day. Using both of the sauces in one meal will give you layers of flavor and complexity that would be hard to achieve without a bit of time on hand!
Have you seen the commercials on TV for the sauce? I just love Carla’s big head on a kid’s body and the attitude she gives her brother. So funny!
Barbecue Mac Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
2.5 pound chuck roast
1 box Kraft Recipe Makers Hickory BBQ Beef
1 recipe macaroni and cheese
butter, for spreading on the bread
cheddar cheese slices (3 per sandwich)
Add the roast to a slowcooker. Top with the Simmer Sauce and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 6-8 hours.
Remove the roast from the slowcooker and shred. Drain all but 1/3 cup of the liquid from the slowcooker. Return the shredded beef to the slowcooker and stir in the barbecue sauce to coat the meat. Continue cooking on low for 30 minutes.
Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place one slice of bread, butter side down, in the skillet. Top with 1 slice of cheddar cheese, a large spoonful of the shredded beef, another slice of cheddar, a scoop of macaroni and cheese, a third slice of cheddar, and the second piece of bread. Cook until the bottom piece of bread is crispy and golden. Carefully use a spatula (and your fingers to hold the sandwich together!) to flip. Continue cooking until the bottom slice of bread is cripsy and golden.
Repeat to make as many sandwiches as desired.
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