BBQ Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese


You guys, I’m such a sucker for a good grilled cheese.

Lately, I’ve been buying French bread and slicing it up into sandwich slices. Then I top it with loads (and I mean LOADS) of freshly grated gruyere, smear the outsides with butter and grill it up. It’s the most simple, most delightful sandwich. Sometimes the simplest things really are the best.

And then sometimes I say forget simple and I trash up my grilled cheese. Take this buffalo chicken grilled cheese or this jalapeno popper grilled cheese. Heaven on Earth.

This grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with bbq pulled pork and macaroni and cheese!

And then other times I’m like, look, I have all of these leftovers and if we eat them one more night I will die, but I also don’t want to waste food so it’s time to get creative. That’s what happened with today’s grilled cheese and holy cow pig, I’m so glad that it did.

I’m working with Smithfield this year to bring you lots of recipes using their fresh marinated pork. They recently launched this Sweet and Smoky Pork Roast that I knew I had to try. It’s full of the sweet and smoky barbecue flavor we all love and it’s just perfect for tossing in the slow cooker. What could be simpler, since it’s already seasoned for you?

This grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with bbq pulled pork and macaroni and cheese!

The pork goes from package to slow cooker in minutes. From there, you’ll let it cook all day long, low and slow, knowing that what comes out is going to be perfectly juicy pork, ready for shredding. We ate this on buns with my dill pickle slaw for a few meals and then I decided to get creative and bring you these sandwiches.

I whipped up a batch of my homemade macaroni and cheese, but this time I used macaroni noodles instead of penne. This macaroni and cheese recipe is so creamy and perfect that we eat it all the time. It was great on this sandwich too!

This grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with bbq pulled pork and macaroni and cheese!

I used regular white bread here, topped it off with some pulled pork, and a bit of mac and cheese. I added slices of cheddar between each layer for good measure and grilled it all up.

You seriously can not go wrong with this sandwich. It’s fun to make, fun to look at, and super fun to eat. My kids were in heaven!

This grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with bbq pulled pork and macaroni and cheese!

Barbecue Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The recipe for pulled pork will make quite a bit, so either plan on making extra grilled cheese sandwiches or serve it up on a bun! You will also likely have extra macaroni and cheese, depending on how full you stuff your sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Smithfield Sweet and Smoky Pork Roast (about 32 oz. pork)
  • 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 recipe creamy baked macaroni and cheese
  • 8 slices bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 12 slices cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Add the pork roast to a slow cooker over low heat and cook for 7 hours. Remove lid and shred the meat with two forks. Add the barbecue sauce to the slow cooker and stir to coat. Return lid and cook for 1 more hour.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread with butter.
  3. Place a piece of cheddar on a slice of bread, top with pulled pork, another slice of cheese, a scoop of macaroni and cheese, and a third slice of cheddar. Top with remaining piece of bread, butter side facing out. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
  4. Grill the sandwiches in a non-stick skillet over medium low heat until cheese has melted and bread is golden brown, flipping halfway through to grill both sides of the sandwich.
  5. Let sit 3 minutes before slicing and serving.