Category Archives: mac ‘n’ cheese

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CASSEROLE

broccoliFor our new summer side, we take tiny little Bob Ross broccoli trees and steam them.

Ounce they’re steamed, we chop them up into teeny, tiny bits.

Baste them with some cheddar cheese sauce and voilà! Broccoli Cheddar Casserole.

If you like our mac and cheese, but don’t dig the swine with which it comes, you’ll love this.

And to top it all off, and give to it a crispy texture, a sprinkling of housemade air-fluff croutons.

Perfect for kids. And vegetarians.

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SWEET AS PACIFIC ALE

good life sweet asWe frequently rotate our canned beers in order to showcase just what this region’s craft brewers are up to.

What you may not know is that we do it for us, too.

And one of our favorites right now is Bend-based GoodLife Brewing’s Sweet As Pacific Ale.

Why do we like it so much?

  • It’s got a 6 percent ABV
  • It’s smooth
  • It’s sessionable
  • It’s got just a trace of the right kind of bitter
  • And, above all, it pairs with everything

Ask us to pop a cap, and see so for yourself while you wait it with anything. We know we’ll be popping some for ourselves—once our shifts end, that is.

CARRIE NATION

carrie nationIf you’re looking to stick a 21st-century thumb in the eye of a 20th-century cause, consider the boys at Carlton Cyderworks.

They’ve got but four ciders, but they’ve cheekily named one of them after the wielder of hatchets, smasher of kegs, smiter of barrels and all around killjoy, Carrie Nation.

It leans a little sweeter than their other ciders, but that doesn’t mean it won’t gone down nice and smooth with white, meaty and creamy things: think Smoked Half Chickens or Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw and Macaroni and Cheese.

And while it’s less dry, it’s as equally as potent as Carlton’s other ciders: it’s got an ABV of 6.25 percent, which crushes most of our canned beers. And it comes in a half-liter bottle.

Get you some the next time you’re in. Bible not included, but you can bring your own, if you want to.

RACER 5 IPA

racer 5While it may sound hubristic for the brewers of Racer 5 IPA to brag that “there’s a trophy in every glass” of their flagship beer, they do have a point: it’s been winning awards and festivals since 1999.

That it drinks good doesn’t hurt either. In fact, it drinks pretty damned good.

In fact, we think this Bear Republic beer is so in line with what we do that we’ve decided to abandon our Cans Only policy just to share it with you.

So yeah. It comes in a bottle, but it’s mighty (7.5 percent ABV), it pairs impossibly well with creamy, spicy things (think racks of ribs or hot links paired with double orders of mac) and, for being a heavyweight, it’s slyly smooth.

So get’cher motor running, belly up and go for spicy and creamy.

Just keep in mind that 7.5 percent ain’t no joke.

 

REDHOOK LONG HAMMER IPA

longhammerFinally.

We’re going on three years now, and we’ve never served anything by the Pacific Northwest craft brewing pioneers at RedHook Brewing.

But we are now!

Behold! RedHook’s Long Hammer IPA, with its 6.2 percent ABV and its 16 ounces, is a keeper.

It’s hoppy, but not too hoppy—dry-hopped, actually, giving it a pleasant piney punch—bitter, but not too bitter, and it’s got a bright, poppy finish.

Mostly though, it’s easily drinkable and pairs nicely with smoked meats.

Pair one with some brisket, some macaroni and cheese and our homemade celery salted-slaw.

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

mac and cheeseIf Smokehouse 21 were to have a coat of arms, then that coat of arms would feature a pig. And riding atop that pig would be a baby—a fat one. In one hand, that baby would grasp a spoon. In the other, a bowl of every child—and adult’s—favorite comfort food: a healthy, hearty bowl of mac and cheese.

And with summer finally over, ’tis the season for noodles, bacon lardons, cornbread crusts and cheddar, asiago and gorgonzola cheeses.

Just ask anyone worth her whalebone petticoat or his seersucker suit, and they’ll tell you that nothing pairs with a slab of smoked meat better than a good, rich and creamy bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese.

Pair yours with some brisket and some braised greens, or ask us to pile some pulled pork atop a double dose of those cheesy noodles. Just make sure to schedule a few minutes afterward to walk it all off before bedding down for the night.

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