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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Pie

Servings 2 Pies (12-16 servings)

Equipment

  • 2 Pie plates
  • 1 Dutch oven or high walled pan (

Ingredients

Pork

  • 5 lb Bone-in Boston Butt Picnic roast should also work, but was not tested for this recipe.

Dry Rub

  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard powder
  • 1 Tbsp (heaping) Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp (heaping) Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Dried oregano

Braising liquid

  • 3-5 Yellow onions, rooted, stemmed, and cut in half Enough to line the bottom of the pot/ pan you will roast the pork in
  • 2 Cups Chicken stock Ensure you have at least 1.5" at the bottom of the pot
  • 3 Tbsp Liquid smoke

Barbeque Sauce

  • 1 Cup Tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup Brown sugar Use dark if you want a more molasses taste
  • 1/2 Cup Honey Local if possible. You know, for the bees.
  • 6 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce Was not tested, but if you substituted fish sauce here, it would probably work just fine.
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 4 tsp Chili powder Feel free to adjust, depending on your desired level of heat
  • 1/2 Cup braising liquid/ drippings from pork
  • Salt to taste

Mac and Cheese

  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 6 Tbsp AP Flour
  • 6 Cups Whole milk Make sure milk is cold before adding to roux.
  • 1 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp White pepper Optional
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lb Grated meltable cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey jack, provolone, butterkase, etc. or any mixture of those
  • 1 lb Short pasta, such as macaroni elbows, bow-ties, orecchiette

Breadcrumbs

  • 1 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • 6 Tbsp Butter

Assembly

  • 2 9" deep pie shells Homemade or store-bought
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Water

Instructions

Pulled pork

  • In a small bowl, mix all dry rub ingredients. Whisk to combine
  • Remove any fat cap from pork butt. Place in large bowl. Cover all sides generously. Cover and let rest in refrigerator for 2 hours up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 250° Fahrenheit or 120 degrees Celsius
  • Line pot or high-walled pan with onions, flat side facing down.
  • Add chicken stock and liquid smoke to pan. Liquid should cover the bottom of the pan but not totally immerse the onions. Set pork butt on top of onions and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Place into preheated oven with baking sheet underneath in case of bubbling/ overflow. Cook until pork butt reaches 205°F/ 96°C internal temp. This should take about 8-9 hours, but could vary due to a number of factors. About 2 hours prior to removing pork from oven, remove the aluminum foil.
  • Let port rest for a minimum of 1 hour, up to 2, then pull pork to desired texture. Let cool completely.

Barbeque Sauce

  • Add all ingredients of barbeque sauce to a small pot over medium low heat. Stir until mixture comes to a low simmer.
  • Keep on gentle simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes, or desired consistency is achieved. Set aside and let cool.

Mac and Cheese

  • In a large pan or medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat
  • Once butter is completely melted, add flour and cook until floury flavor is cooked off and roux begins to smell nutty, about 2 minutes. Do not let mixture brown.
  • Add 1 cup milk, then whisk until completely combined. Roux will seize up. This is typical. Repeat, adding about 1 cup at a time, until mixture is liquidy and has no lumps. Then add remainder of milk
  • Let cook, whisking often, until mixture thickens and can heavily coat the back of a spoon.
  • Once desired thickness is achieved, take mixture off heat and add salt, white pepper, and nutmeg.
  • Mix in cheese 1 handful at a time, whisking until cheese is completely melted before adding next handful. If additional heat is needed, put burner on low and whisk constantly until cheese is fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
  • Boil pasta in heavily salted water until it is 3 minutes from al dente. Drain, and add to cheese sauce. Mix to combine. Set aside and let cool completely.

Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 350° F/ 175° C
  • Finely slice 1 onion that was in braising liquid.
  • In a large bowl, mix pulled pork, barbeque sauce, and onion.
  • Mix breadcrumbs and butter. Stir until fully combined and wet sand texture.
  • Line bottom of pie shells with 1" to 1.5" of pulled pork
  • Add mac and cheese in an even layer on top of pork. Mac and cheese should come level with top of pie plate.
  • Top mac and cheese with breadcrumbs
  • Mix egg and water in a small bowl to make an egg wash. Brush pie crust with egg wash.
  • If pie dough is getting soft at this point, place pies in freezer for 15-25 minutes to firm up before baking.
  • Bake pies until crust and breadcrumbs are a medium-dark golden color and contents are bubbling - 45-55 minutes.
  • Let cool for about 90 minutes before serving.