Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese

I can’t believe it’s the last week of bacon month!

But we’re not done yet kids, and I’m going out with a bang.




I had to get some booze into the bacon mix at some point and this pasta dish was the perfect way to get my fix for cooking with booze.  The idea actually came from a co-worker.  He had been out of town for a new store opening.  When he got home he told me how he was stuck up there, seeing all the  food sneak peaks I was posting on instagram, and hating that he was missing out.  I’m known for bringing in goodies at work.  A girl’s got to do something with all those baked goods.


Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac & Cheese | White Lights on Wednesday


He also told me about this Bourbon Bacon Mac and Cheese he had at a restaurant, and that I needed to figure out.  Challenge accepted!  After some questioning I found out the bourbon was more in the bacon than the pasta, but I wanted to kick it up a little.  I made Jack Daniel’s candied bacon, a Jack Daniel’s Cheese sauce, and bliss happened.  The sweet, salty bursts of flavor from the bacon are simply wonderful, and the sauce is creamy and rich.  The whole thing reheats really well too, which is always a challenge to get that same first day feeling.  This pasta does it!


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Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese
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Serves: 6
  • 10 slices bacon
  • ½ cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey (or whiskey of your choice)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound macaroni pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Jack Daniel's Tenessee Whiskey
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring ½ cup Jack Daniel's to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Remove from heat. On a plate, combine brown sugar and cayenne. Dip bacon into Jack Daniels and then press each side into brown sugar mixture to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 7 minutes, then flip and bake for about 5 minutes. Watch the bacon so it doesn't burn. {The sugar will run all over the pan, and the bacon with have a shiny lacquered look.} Remove the bacon to a plate coated with non-stick cooking spray to cool. Chop bacon; set aside.
  4. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain pasta; set aside.
  5. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and whisk to combine. {You will have a very tight roux.} Add 1 tablespoon Jack Daniel's and whisk into roux. Whisk in 1 cup milk until combined. Add remaining milk. Whisk frequently until sauce thickens and begins to bubble. Add cheeses; whisk until cheeses melt and sauce is smooth. Add paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over pasta, and add bacon. Stir until pasta is completely coated in sauce. Add more salt and pepper if desired.


  1. says

    Oh my goodness I want to go and make this right now. It looks so good! I’m pretty sure my husband is going to do backflips if I make this =) Newest follower from the Pin Junkie Friday Link Party. Have a fabulous weekend!


  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I don’t even like alcohol – but this sounds amazing, Julie! Like Carrie said, I may need to get a little bottle just so I can make this! Pinning and sharing on Facebook! Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends this week!

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