Grilled Mac & Cheese with BBQ Pulled Pork

by on April 5, 2011

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You saw this one coming. After my visit to the Grilled Cheese Truck I felt compelled to try my hand at recreating that Cheesy Mac & Rib sandwich on the panini grill. The task was made a whole lot easier once I found out the recipe was published in Food Network magazine this month as part of a feature about National Grilled Cheese Month. All I had to do was decide on which macaroni and cheese and pulled pork recipes I would use, the rest was mostly a matter of careful assembly.

Fun for foodie kids everywhere!

And speaking of careful assembly…how cute is this little make-your-own Grilled Cheese Truck?! Ever since I downloaded and pasted this thing together my three-year old has embraced “grilled cheese truck” as her new favorite pretend game. “Everybody wait in line! The Grilled Cheese Truck is almost here!” Fisher-Price, are you listening? Little People Food Truck. You’re welcome.

Not sure how I would have flipped this in a skillet

After piling on my “slice” of chilled mac and cheese, barbecue pulled pork, caramelized onions and sharp cheddar cheese I was staring at one tall sandwich! I have no idea how the Grilled Cheese Truck folks manage to flip theirs. Maybe they don’t fill it quite as high. I toyed with the idea with just making these in a skillet as directed in the recipe but once I realized how precarious flipping it would be, the panini grill seemed like the easier way to go.

Grilled Mac & Cheese with BBQ Pulled Pork

As I previously mentioned, this sandwich is a fantastic – albeit extremely caloric – concept. My version tasted remarkably like the original. The bread was a little less crispy, but I just couldn’t bring myself to use the mayonnaise or nearly as much butter as the Truck does (an entire stick for 4 sandwiches?!). I also opted to use sourdough instead of buttermilk bread as I needed something a little sturdier to stand up to the panini grill. Other than that, I kept it pretty much the same. If you can’t make it to LA to track down the Truck, this recipe will get you pretty close.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 melodie April 6, 2011 at 5:13 am

Looks completeley crazy, decadent and delicious! I want to try it. I have never seen mac n’ cheese in a sandwich before.
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2 marla April 6, 2011 at 5:31 am

Could this grilled cheese be any more decadent & fabulous!!


3 Lucy@acookandherbooks April 6, 2011 at 5:47 am

This sandwich is outrageous – I think my preschooler might like a grilled mac and cheese sandwich. Fisher-Price take note – that is one cute grilled cheese truck!


4 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 6, 2011 at 7:08 am

I always love your posts!


5 Maria April 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

I knew I would see this one on your site:) Love it!


6 Kathy April 6, 2011 at 7:29 am

It had to be done, lol.


7 Christina April 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

Crazy and delicious!
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8 Alexa April 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

So excited to find a blog dedicated to paninis. genius. and this looks incredible, thanks.


9 blogbytina! April 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

my inner fatkid is crying tears of joy over this sandwich


10 Kathy April 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

Lol, it made my inner fat kid pretty happy too. 🙂


11 Claire April 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I just saw this on the cover of Food Network magazine when I was at the grocery store this morning and was going to look up the recipe when I got home. But, this email was waiting for me instead. Perfect timing!


12 AngieFisch April 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

To make the bread crispier without using mayo, how about a light dusting of parmesan cheese?


13 Cookin' Canuck April 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

What a sandwich! I can’t think of anything more decadent…or more wonderful.


14 Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Now that is one tasty looking grilled cheese sandwich!


15 Shaina April 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

So much fun to put mac and cheese on a sandwich. I love the addition of pork here.
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16 Lindsey@Lindselicious April 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

HOLY MOLY!! Deng that is a serious grilled cheese. I always miss this truck, or see if after I am already stuffed.
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17 Devi McDonald April 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

This sounds like the absolute best thing ever. I’m going to make it soon.
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18 Megan April 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

That is one stellar panini and like really like the toy idea. I’d buy one! 🙂


19 Dan April 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

What a great combination… and a messy sandwich. yum!
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20 W.J. May 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

This sandwich may be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I. Want.


21 Shawnda May 4, 2011 at 5:49 am

Oh, wow! Now that’s a decadent grilled cheese!


22 Jennifer Sikora April 17, 2012 at 6:01 am

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23 Shut Up & Cook May 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

This is AMAZING..and kind of horrifying…but mostly amazing! Mac and cheese doesn’t last very long in our house, but I might hide some from the next batch so that I can make this.

Saw that you’re attending BlogHer Food Conference this year…it’s my first time. Have you been before?

Looking forward to a weekend with fellow foodies!


24 Kathy May 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Yes, this will be my 3rd BlogHer Food – get ready for a fun, inspiring weekend! 🙂


25 Memoria June 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm

You have no idea how happy I am to see this recipe!! I wanted to try out this truck, but when I found out that it uses Tillamook cheese, my heart dropped. Unfortunately, I’m one of the weird few who doesn’t like Tillamook (I suffered while living in Oregon haha). So, I could totally use a different type of cheese with this recipe. Thank you so much! It looks amazing.


26 Vanessa April 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm

This looks amaaaazing! 🙂
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27 staci December 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

is the mac and cheese able to get warm while toasting the grilled cheese?


28 Kathy Strahs December 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

It does. I haven’t tried it with refrigerator-cold mac and cheese but I think as long as it the sandwich isn’t overly thick it should be able to heat through. ~Kathy


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