SMOKED MACARONI AND CHEESE BACON WRAPPED FATTY
Wow that’s a mouth FULL. If you’ve never had a fatty before, you’re in for a treat. If you don’t know what a fatty is, let me explain. (You could also check out the last fatty I made which was a breakfast version–Egg, Shallot, Gouda, Chive Breakfast Fatty).
What is a Fatty?
A fatty is basically some sort of “stuffing” wrapped in ground beef or pork and then rolled into a log shape and then usually wrapped in a bacon weave. Then you smoke (or bake) it. Typically, it’s served sliced by itself or sliced and put in a bun/on bread as a sandwich.
I had some leftover smoked mac and cheese the other day and thought it’d be perfect to make a fatty with. Spoiler alert: it was! So now I’m here to share this Macaroni and Cheese bacon wrapped fatty with you.
Helpful Tips for Making a Fatty
I have found the easiest way to wrap a fatty well and keep it tight is to use plastic wrap. Once I’ve formed the sausage around the filling (in this case, the macaroni and cheese), I wrap it in plastic wrap and twist the ends until it’s very tight. I will then put it in the fridge for 20 minutes or so while I make my bacon weave. It is easier to handle once it’s all been cooled together.
Similarly, I place plastic wrap under my bacon weave and use it to help lift the bacon weave up and around the fatty. This is much easier and much cleaner too! Win-win.
Make sure you wrap the bacon around well and that it’s completely wrapped around the fatty. This will help keep everything inside.
I think it’s helpful to refrigerate the fatty after the bacon weave for a bit too. This helps everything stay together well.
Keto / Low Carb Mac and Cheese Options
If you want to make this fatty low carb or Keto, just substitute the regular Mac and cheese for a low carb / keto friendly one! Here are a couple options for that:
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Green Chile & Bacon Cauliflower Mac n Cheese
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese with Chorizo
Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Cauliflower Pimento Mac and Cheese with Bacon
WHAT I USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPEPrint
Creamy, cheesy Macaroni and Cheese wrapped in Sausage then wrapped in a Bacon weave and then smoked or baked. Serve sliced or on a bun as a sandwich!
1 lb sausage of choice*
11-13 pieces bacon (a whole pack)
2 cups macaroni and cheese (cooked)
seasoning of choice (I used hardcore carnivore red)
Lay out a piece of plastic wrap (big enough to roll out your sausage on) and then add the sausage on top. Lay out another piece of plastic wrap of the same size and put it on top of sausage.
Use a rolling pin (or similar) and roll out the sausage until it’s flat in a rectangular shape. If necessary, cut the sides to make sure it’s a rectangle (you can add the cut sausage back into the middle and re-roll.)
Once you’ve got your sausage rolled out, put it on something sturdy (a baking sheet or cutting board) and set it aside in the fridge for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, take out the sausage and remove the top piece of plastic wrap. Put your leftover mac and cheese in the middle, leaving about 1/2″ of sausage uncovered on all sides.
Use the bottom piece of plastic wrap to lift the edges of the sausage together, until your sausage is completely wrapped around the mac and cheese. Take your time here — you want to make sure the Mac and cheese is completely covered in sausage so it doesn’t come out while cooking.
You should end up with basically a “loaf” of sausage stuffed with the macaroni and cheese. Use plastic wrap to tightly wrap it up, twisting the sides until your fatty is compact and tightly wrapped. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
While the fatty is in the fridge, make your bacon weave. This is easiest if you do it on a piece of plastic wrap to help wrap it later on (similar to how we wrapped the sausage). To make your bacon weave, lay out pieces of bacon (half a pack) in a row and then weave more bacon pieces through those like a weave. To do this, take your piece of bacon and go over and under the lined up slices of bacon every other time.
Once your bacon weave is done (and your fatty has been in the fridge for about 20 minutes), lay your fatty down on top of the bacon weave. Use the plastic wrap to help wrap the bacon around the sausage. Tuck in the sides. You want to make sure it’s completely wrapped. You may need to pull the bacon and stretch it out–this is okay. Just do whatever you need to get the bacon completely around the fatty.
Roll up again in plastic wrap tightly. It’s helpful if you twist the sides tightly (this will make your fatty look more condensed and plump). I like to put it in the fridge for another 20 minutes (or even overnight) but you don’t have to. (I just think it makes it easier to handle.)
Once you’re ready to cook, get your smoker set to 250 degrees (or heat your oven to 350 degrees).
Season the fatty with your favorite BBQ seasoning. I used Hardcore Carnivore Red but this would be great with whatever you like!
Cook in the smoker at 250 degrees until it hits 165 internal and the bacon is crispy to your liking. (This will take about two hours) If the bacon is not crispy to your liking, you can raise the temperature at the end to crisp this up more.
If you’re cooking in the oven, cook for about 30 minutes to an hour until the internal temp is 165 degrees. You can turn on the broiler or raise the temperature to 400 degrees to get the bacon crispier if desired.
You could use a breakfast sausage, hot or mild sausage or even Italian sausage. The choice is yours! I used a mild sausage.
Keywords: smoked meat, smoked fatty, bacon weave