Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese (and a Giveaway)

 

Creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese is topped with pulled pork for a delicious side dish at your next BBQ.

I’ve talked about how much I love grilling in the summer. Just a whiff of smoke coming from a neighbor’s yard will having me craving barbecue. A few weeks ago, we had my husband’s family over for a BBQ. It usually gets very stressful when we try to prepare a lot of food for a party and I promised my husband this would be minimal stress. I’d make some pre-made ribs that he would just need to heat up and I’d make some vegetables and a few side dishes.

Luckily for us, our box of goodies from Tony Roma’s BBQ arrived just in time.

We received

  • Tony Roma’s Fall-off-the-Bone Pork Ribs- Kansas City Sweet Hickory
  • Tony Roma’s Boneless Pork Ribs- Kansas City Sweet Hickory
  • Tony Roma’s Tender & Juicy Pulled Pork- Kansas City Sweet Hickory

All these items can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores. The rack of pork ribs was inside an aluminum tray that can be directly placed onto the grill for heating, so there was no mess on the grill after to clean up. The boneless pork ribs come in a convenient microwaveable container, so we just heated it up in the microwave. We loved this one so much that we actually saved one of the two containers for ourselves, so that we could enjoy some BBQ during the week.

And for Tony Roma’s Tender & Juicy Pulled Pork- Kansas City Sweet Hickory, I decided to make a side dish of pulled pork macaroni and cheese. I also threw together a salad and made some ice cream for dessert. It was the least stressful lunch party we’ve had in a long time and everyone left full and satisfied.

I was pretty excited with how the pulled pork macaroni and cheese came out. The smoky, sweet hickory pork tasted delicious when mixed with the creamy, cheesy macaroni.  And it was nice not having to do all the labor of making, cooking and pulling the pork myself! I was secretly hoping for leftovers, but sadly there were none. I guess I’ll have to make it again soon. I love sides that stick to the BBQ theme and this can be an easy one to bring to a BBQ event.

Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 1/2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce (either your favorite or scoop out from the package of pulled pork)
  • 1 package Tony Roma’s Tender & Juicy Pulled Pork- Kansas City Sweet Hickory

Directions:

1. Heat pulled pork according to box instructions.

2. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil on stove. Add in elbow macaroni and cook until al dente. Turn off heat and drain water from pasta, keeping pasta in the pot and placing it back onto the stove.

3. In a separate small saucepan, add butter and flour over low heat on the stove. Stir constantly until butter is melted and mixed with the flour. Add in milk, mustard, cayenne and BBQ sauce. Whisk until smooth and no flour lumps remain. Add in cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, and whisk until melted and smooth after each addition. Sauce should be thick, smooth and cheesy. Turn off heat. Pour sauce into pot that contains the cooked macaroni and stir until pasta is evenly coated. Pour pasta into a serving dish and top with pulled pork. Serve while warm.    

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129 comments on “Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese (and a Giveaway)”

  1. My low-stress lunch is oatmeal. I’m a breakfast-any-time-of-day person, so adding oats to some hot water is as easy as it gets!

  2. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is pasta salad

  3. Love your blog! I live in Barbeque heaven, but haven’t seen Tony Roma’s frozen barbeque! Looks delicious!

  4. I have been switching between pork fajitas with homemade fajita seasoning, and meatballs with peppers and a little sugar-free BBQ sauce. Yum yum yum!

  5. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is salad with blueberries and shredded rotisserie chicken. I can quickly run to the store grab these items and have a fast, healthy, and delicious lunch for the whole week!!!

  6. My favorite low-stress lunch is hummus and veggies.

  7. I love making a chicken salad – starting with a store bought rotisserie chicken. It is low-stress and yummy!

  8. Build your own poke bowls!

  9. Love caprese salads! Just slice up some tomato and mozzarella. Drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic. Top with a few basil leaves and some sea salt and I am done. Thanks!

  10. My favorite lunch is to boost my protein intake with a quick cheese and veggie omelette. It takes less time than making a traditional sandwich.  Maybe I should try it with Tony Roma’s pulled pork along with the cheese.   Thanks 

  11. This looks so good!!!
    My fave is to make breakfast for lunch. I make mini egg frittatas in a muffin tin and then I have lunch for the whole week in about 30 minutes

  12. It’s a shame but I’d have to say instant noodles…

  13. Here’s my tweet: https://twitter.com/pic_links/status/767806307126554624 Thanks for the delicious looking post (I’m going to have to make this mac & cheese!) and giveaway~

  14. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is mac & cheese.

  15. My low stress lunch pick is a sandwich …quick and easy!

  16. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is actually mac and cheese! This one looks really good.

  17. soft-boiled eggs made in the sous vide with toast or an english muffin. Add in some avocado for pure decadence and a super easy lunch!

  18. Pre-cooked salad shrimp, frozen broccoli and sesame vinaigrette!

  19. My favorite low-stress lunch is yogurt and granola.

  20. I love avocado toasts it’s refreshing, easy and healthy!

  21. making a big crockpot full of soup and having it for the whole week!!

  22. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is making a tuna melt sandwich.
    Just rosemary parmesan bread, tunafish with melted pepper jack cheese on top.

  23. ramen… not proud of it though…

  24. I like making a quick sandwich like turkey with lettuce and tomato.

  25. My favorite low-stress lunch recipe is avocado toast. Easy and yummy!

  26. My favorite low-stress lunch is hummus and veggies.

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

  27. bean & cheese burritos (3 ingredients -including the tortilla- that I always have on hand!)

  28. Low stress lunch for me is tuna salad with fresh fruit.

  29. Love no cook meals – leftovers are great. Otherwise some nice cheese, sliced ham, raw veggies, and a few potato chips to top is off = perfection. 

  30. Mason jar salads are a good lunch go to.

  31. Avocado salad is my favorite low-stress lunch.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  32. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/768513344189796353

  33. I love a good cobb salad.

  34. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/768517718899384320

  35. I like my easy egg, and avocado toast recipe that is fast to make!

  36. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/768518793098203137

  37. I like cheese and tomato sandwiches with a side of fruit.

  38. My low stress lunch is mac and cheese.

  39. Pasta salad!

  40. Nothing  beats a good  spinach  salad  🙂

  41. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is a chicken or veggie wrap!

  42. Im a sandwich girl! So anytime I want a stress free meal to make I grab cold sammie fillings and toss them on bread! My girls always love to eat it too!

  43. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is tuna salad on wheat with a spinach salad.

  44. My favorite low-stress lunch recipe is grilled cheese with tomato soup.

  45. I like an easy salad

  46. a ham and cheese sandwich is easy and quick.

  47. I live DIY lunchables!

  48. My favorite low stress lunch is a grilled cheese sandwich and Trader Joe’s Tomato Soup. I use thin slices of cheddar and sometimes I add apple slices to the sandwich. Pure comfort food – Yum!

  49. Sandwiches are the easiest otherwise it is takeout for lunch.

  50. My favorite low stress lunch is a salad with a leftover meat like chicken.

  51. Ham and cheese sandwich and potato salad. But those ribs look great to go with potato salad

  52. My kids like salsa chicken, I cook it in the crockpot, very easy and stress-free and perfect for my picky kids.

  53. No favorite no stress lunch recipe is pasta salad. Can’t wait to add pull pork to it for a twist!

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  54. I like apple and peanut butter. That’s my level of easy! haha

  55. a turkey sandwich

  56. salad is my favorite

  57. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is “left overs” from the night before lol. But, failing that, a nice PB&J is pretty stress free 🙂

  58. i usually have a sandwich and something easy like sweet potato fries.

  59. My favorite are quesadillas……they’re so easy and you can put in whatever you have. Pulled pork would be great in them!

  60. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is a salad or soup depending on the weather.

  61. no stress lunch for me would be to make a salad

  62. We try to eat more salads for lunch. They aren’t that hard to put together if you prep some veggies ahead of time.

  63. My favorite low stress lunch to make is creamy chicken noodles. My grandson calls it Noodle Doodle doo.

  64. My low-stress lunch recipe is a peanut butter and banana sandwich with chopped Medjool dates. I like my sandwiches using the heel for one side, I wish bread was sold with half the loaf being the heel, most people probably toss it anyway!

  65. My favorite low stress lunch is salad with apples, nuts and some pre-cooked chicken.

  66. An egg sandwich is a quick lunch for me! I had it today. Thanks for sharing yours.
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  67. I do chicken salad.

  68. my favorite low stress lunch is chicken salad

  69. A can of soup is our low stress lunch.

  70. I would go with deli wraps with turkey deli meat

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  71. My fav low stress lunch recipe is canned soup and grilled cheese. Easy, fast, delicious! Not really a recipe but it is what I do! hahahah!

  72. Grilled cheese sandwich.

  73. My favorite low stree lunch recipe is tuna salad on whole wheat bun!

  74. My favorite low stress lunch is leftovers! So easy and no waste.

  75. My favorite low stress lunch recipe is some chicken salad with leftover chicken from the rotesserie chicken we had for dinner the night before.

  76. Veggies and hummus dip

  77. My favorite low-stress lunch recipe is hot dogs.

  78. My favorite low-stress lunch recipe is to make my family a nice and scrumptious Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich.

  79. i love grill cheese

  80. My favorite low stress lunch is leftovers or a salad with baked chicken on it. Easy to make a bunch of chicken on the weekend and grab and go during the week!

  81. ham and cheese sandwich!

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  83. My favorite easy lunch is tuna salad sandwich and tomato soup.
    thank you

  84. We always have eggs when we want a quick, no stress lunch.

  85. For a quickie lunch, I make sloppy joes.

  86. I like grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.

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