Philly Mac & Cheese

Philly Mac & Cheese

Patti was born & raised in Philadelphia, so she knows something about cheese steaks. Ken was born in Texas so he knows something about big beef. We were both craving comfort food and macaroni and cheese fills the bill. But, not with the shaved meat you get in Philly cheese steaks. We wanted a big, beefy cheese steak taste. Sunday at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market we made an extra tri tip just for this recipe. Plus, our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven also comes with a smoke box. You know we love to smoke our food to add that extra layer of flavor.

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Philly Mac & Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes at 350 degrees (177c)
Grill: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Pellets: Lumberjack Oak

Ingredients: Philly Mac & Cheese

  • 2 ½ lbs. leftover rare tri-tip (sirloin works great, too) sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 1 medium sweet onion, rough chopped
  • 2 cups sweet peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¾ lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Country Bob’s Seasoning Salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups Alfredo sauce
  • 1 lb. cut pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups crushed tomato basil cheese crackers, optional

Philly Mac & Cheese

Directions: Philly Mac & Cheese

In large cast iron skillet sauté veggies in butter and olive oil until veggies are soft.
Blend in steak and seasonings, Alfredo sauce and cheese cubes and pasta.
Simmer for 10 minutes until cheese is mostly melted.
Top with cracker crumbs, if desired.

Philly Mac & Cheese

In Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Sauté Veggies

Philly Mac & Cheese

Blend in Steak and Seasonings

Philly Mac & Cheese

Ad Sauce Cheese Cubes and Pasta

Philly Mac & Cheese

Cooking Directions: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Cooking in the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven is a snap. If you are going to use the smoke box fill it up first with either wood chips or pellets. I like Lumberjack pellets because there are so many different kinds and low ash. (Easy clean up.)

Turn on the propane tank. Open the oven door so you can see and hear when the burner lights. Turn the control knob to the high position and hold it in. At this time press the igniter button. You’ll be able to hear and see the burner light. Continue to hold the control knob for about 10 seconds for the burner to get hot.

Close the door and preheat the oven to your desired temp. You may have to adjust it up or down until you reach your temperature. But, once you hit it the oven will hold it. We baked our Mac & Cheese for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (177c).Philly Mac & Cheese

Lookin’ Good in Our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Philly Mac & Cheese

Note:
The bottom stone and it gets “HOT” so you need to stay right with it or you will burn what your are cooking. I only use heavy cast iron or baking dishes here. For most things I have found that it is better to use the middle shelf. You can use a stone here or not depending on your cook.

Philly Mac & Cheese

Philly Mac & Cheese

Let’s Eat!!

 Philly Mac & Cheese

About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

Live your Passion,
Ken & Patti

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