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A spoon serving bacon bourbon mac and cheese.
5 from 2 votes

Bacon Bourbon Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Bailey
Loaded with bacon and smokey bourbon, this cheesy mac and cheese is our favorite!
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  • 8 ounces macaroni noodles dry
  • 6 slices bacon
  • cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon Jack Daniel's Whiskey, or other
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper each, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 ½ cups gouda cheese shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook macaroni noodles in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Set aside.
  • In an oven safe skillet, fry bacon. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve 3 tablespoons of bacon fat. Over medium heat, whisk in flour to create the roux. Brown for 1 minute.
  • Add bourbon, whisking until incorporated. Slowly whisk in milk, ½ cup at a time. Once fully incorporated, add heavy cream. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat. Add gouda, and 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese. Stir until melted. Taste, and add salt and pepper. Stir in bacon, add macaroni noodles. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, uncovered, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.