BBQ Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese

BBQ Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese


1 1/2 c. + 1 1/2 T. water (divided)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. Cookies Flavor Enhancer

1 lb. 85% lean ground beef

1 T. cooking oil

2 c. elbow macaroni

1 c. whole milk

2 c. shredded American cheese

2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 c. Cookies Premium Salsa (mild or medium)

1/4 c. finely chopped dill pickles

4 T. Cookies Tangy Mustard BBQ Sauce


Stir 1 1/2 T. of water, Cookies Flavor Enhancer and baking soda together in a medium bowl until baking soda and Cookies Flavor Enhancer are dissolved.


Add beef to the mixture. Thoroughly combine and let sit for 15 minutes.


Heat the oil in a 12-inch broiler safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add the beef, break up with a wooden spoon or potato masher and cook until browned (6-8 minutes).


Add macaroni, milk and remaining 1 1/2 c. of water. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook until macaroni is just tender (~5 minutes). Stir halfway through cooking cycle.


Stir in 1 1/2 c. of American cheese, 1 1/2 c. of cheddar cheese, 1/4 c. of Cookies Premium Salsa and 4 T. of Cookies Tangy Mustard BBQ Sauce until fully combined with macaroni and cheese is melted (approximately 2 minutes).


Take off heat and sprinkle remaining American cheese and cheddar cheese over macaroni mixture. Turn broiler on to preheat and adjust rack approximately 6 inches away from the broiler element. Slide pan beneath broiler until the cheese just starts to brown (~2 minutes).

Remove from broiler, let cool slightly and serve!