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February 28, 2014

BBQ MY WAY: Lobster mac and cheese

It was my son’s birthday recently, and he requested a specific dish alongside his steak: Lobster Mac and Cheese. The way I look at it, on average we all get only 80 to 90 birthdays in a lifetime. So if you ask me to cook you something on your birthday, and you are a friend or family member, consider it done.

I uploaded and edited a video on this recipe. We made the mac and cheese portion from scratch, and added bacon as well. Kind of over the top, and more than likely the most expensive mac and cheese you will ever eat, but it was worth it this one time.

You can see the video at www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay.

Ingredients

    2 lobster tails, thawed and chopped into bite sized pieces

    1 lb. of your favorite pasta, uncooked

    1 cup of whole cream

    2 cups of whole milk

    5 cups of your favorite cheese, shredded. (Avoid the sharp stuff as you want the bacon and lobster to stand out)

    2 cloves of garlic - chopped

    5 slices of bacon

    4 Tbs flour

    6 Tbs unsalted butter

    1 tsp cayenne pepper

    1/2 cup panko crumbs

    salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the directions. Set aside.  In a large dutch oven sauté the bacon till crisp. Remove bacon and leave roughly 2 Tbs bacon grease in the pot. Add 4 Tbs butter and melt. Add the crushed garlic and sauté for a minute or so.  Add the flour and stir over medium heat for a minute or two. This is your roux. Slowly add the cream while stirring, and then the milk. You should have a nice gravy like mixture.

Slowly add the shredded cheeses and still until melted. Add the cooked crumbled bacon and the cayenne pepper. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Add the raw lobster to the sauce and cook over medium heat for to minutes.  

Combine the cooked pasta with the cheese sauce and place in a baking dish that has been greased. Take 2 Tbs of melted butter and combine with panco crumbs. Sprinkle over the top and back at 350 degrees until bubbly.  

— Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Jeffersonville by day and a BBQ enthusiast on nights and weekends. He is also a Kansas City Barbecue Society judge. Liz is his wife. You can contact Dave with your BBQ, grilling or questions at BBQ-My-Way.com or at davelobeck@gmail.com

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