PIGGY MAC & Cheese recipe by Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

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This is literally the best mac & cheese recipe, ever! Pulled pork with mac & cheese?  Is there a better combination?  With Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant opening this Monday in Chattanooga, I was given one of their most popular recipes to tryout – PIGGY  MAC & Cheese recipe.  For all of you locals, it’s located in the old TGIF location, next to the Aquarium.  
mac & cheese recipe

Billed as a “soft launch” to help train associates from August 24 through August 31, the eatery will be quietly slinging biscuits and barbecue as it gears up for its public grand opening on Tuesday, September 1. With three locations in Middle Tennessee, the Chattanooga restaurant marks Puckett’s first expansion to a new market.  For a step back in time, visit the location in Leiper’s Fork.sign“Puckett’s first priority is putting roots in the community, and that community is an important factor at each location. We’ve already seen Chattanooga’s response to that, and hope to continue to help drive the energy downtown,” said Max Stephenson, general manager of Puckett’s Chattanooga. “We think locals will enjoy our emphasis on an intimate and laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in your own home when eating a meal or listening to the music.”

Puckett’s menus boasts of its Tennessee heritage, with “their own special spin” on breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Morning favorites include sweet potato pancakes topped with pulled pork and a downhome take on the eggs Benedict; lunch highlights range from a fried green tomato B.L.T. to heavy helpings of meat-and-three classics; and popular dinner dishes include grits topped with blackened sautéed shrimp, Cajun fried chicken over a bed of hot waffles or grilled salmon brushed with a moonshine glaze.

PIGGY MAC & Cheese recipe

Now to the recipe, it’s always important to read through a new recipe before beginning to ensure you hall all the ingredients and correct tools and pans.  Nothing worse than starting something then realizing you are missing something.

This recipe calls for a couple of cheeses which are considered “specialty” types that you might not always have on hand.  We are lucky in Chattanooga since we have several stores that have great cheese sections.  Many times you are able to purchase small amounts, and even grated.

Can I halve this PIGGY MAC & Cheese recipe?

After reading over the recipe, I realized it was making a larger amount than I needed  so I just made half of it.  And this should be about the right amount for my favorite Lodge cast iron skillet.  Even half was a lot for two of us, but after my son and a friend showed up, hungry of course, there was almost an empty skillet.  Thumbs up by all on this.
Here’s the basic steps and pictures but look for full recipe below as it was provided by Puckett’s. 

How to make PIGGY MAC & Cheese recipe

Gather your ingredients.
ingredients for Mac and cheese
Since I put most of my pantry staples in canisters, having a digital scale comes in so handy for measuring ingredients by weight.  scale
Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.macaroni
After sauce is made, stir in cooked macaroni.mixing together ingredients
Add other cheese as indicated.add cheese
Layer pulled pork and BBQ sauce in skillet.  This was a 10″ skillet. 
NOTE  – for this recipe pulled pork and sauce wasn’t available from Puckett’s since they aren’t open yet so I used meat from a local BBQ stand and my Semi-Homemade BBQ Saucebbq shredded pork in cast iron
Pour on mac & cheese mixture.in skillet
Top with Asiago & Panko.topping with cheese
Bake as directed.  Garnish with chopped green onions.mac & cheese recipe
Don’t you love seeing all of the cheesy goodness oozing out with a hint of pulled pork?mac & cheese recipe
I served this with fried okra and a extra BBQ sauce.mac & cheese recipe
Hope you try this and love it as much as my family did.  I’m thinking this would be a great dish for those fall tailgate parties, or your next potluck.

How do you store leftovers of this mac & Cheese recipe?

Just keep the leftovers in an airtight container and place in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, just reheat and enjoy. 

Can you make this mac & cheese recipe spicy?

You bet. Just add in some hot sauce, spicy BBQ sauce, or even a bit of salsa to give it some heat. 

I’m really anxious for Puckett’s to open next week as we are always looking for new places and dishes to try.  Looking over their menu, you see it’s full of so many favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I immediately noticed shrimp & grits, always one of my go to meals. 
Having live music will also make it more entertaining for meals.  Plus a new place for a lazy weekend breakfast while visiting downtown.
The Piggy Mac started off as a special, but quickly climbed onto the menu after becoming one of most popular dishes to date! It’s our slow ’n’ low cherrywood smoked pulled pork placed in an iron skillet, and topped with smoked Gouda Mac ‘n Cheese. This is Cliff’s new favorite (Cliff is owner Andy Marshall’s son, a current student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga).  

Puckett's PIGGY MAC

Puckett's PIGGY MAC

A specialty dish turned favorite at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant.


  • Piggy Mac Ingredients
  • 1 Iron Skillet or Casserole Dish
  • 6 oz Prepared Pulled Pork BBQ
  • 1 oz Puckett’s Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • 8 oz Macaroni & Cheese Prepared, see recipe
  • 1/8 Cup Shredded Gouda Cheese
  • 2 Tbl Panko or Italian Bread Crumbs
  • Green Onion for garnish
  • Piggy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Ingredients, will make more than you need
  • 1 # Elbow Noodles
  • 1 # American Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Cup Whole Milk
  • 4 Tbl Butter
  • ¾ Tbl Salt
  • ½ Tbl White Pepper
  • ¼ Tbl Cajun Spice
  • ¼ Tbl Granulated Garlic
  • ¼ Cup Asiago
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Directions
  2. Cook elbow noodles to directions and drain.
  3. In a saucepan, bring your milk to a simmer.
  4. Add the butter to the milk and then slowly add the American cheese, whisking as you add it to allow to melt.
  5. Once the cheese is melted, add your dry spices and whisk.
  6. You can now pour the mixture over the drained, prepared noodles.
  7. Fold in the Asiago cheese and shredded Cheddar cheese at this time.
  8. Piggy Mac Directions
  9. Place the prepared pulled pork into a small iron skillet or casserole dish.
  10. Drizzle Puckett’s BBQ sauce over the pulled pork.
  11. Place the prepared mac ‘n’ cheese on top of the pulled pork.
  12. Sprinkle the shredded Gouda cheese on top of the mac ‘n’ cheese.
  13. Cover with bread crumb mixture.
  14. Place in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes until the top is brown and the macaroni is bubbly. Remove from oven, garnish with green onion and serve.


Puckett's uses an 18-hour process with their BBQ, which is smoked slow 'n' low over cherrywood and finished in sous vide tradition. If smoking your own BBQ intimidates you, they'll smoke a butt for you -- or you can pick up their pulled pork BBQ from the restaurant.

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  1. Yumm!! This looks great, Rosemary! I am so excited that Puckett’s is coming to our neck of the woods – I’ve never eaten there before!

  2. Oh wow, this looks really amazing! I’ve never thought to put brisket in mac & cheese but now I’ve GOT to try it! Your presentation is so pretty, too.

  3. I want to eat at that restaurant! This Piggy Mac looks so good! If that’s what they cook, I would love to eat it all! In the meantime, thanks for this recipe. Glad I can make my own until I get down to Tennessee!

  4. I live near 2 pucketts and haven’t eaten there yet. I was just in Chattanooga two weeks ago and would have gone had it been open! doh!

  5. Oh my goodness that mac n cheese just looks amazing and I love fried ocra! It sounds like they are going to be the place to eat in Chatanooga. I’ll let my friend know how lives there to check it out!

  6. I’ve never tried mac and cheese with pulled pork but it looks delicious. This recipe is a must try. Everything looks good!

  7. Oh gosh reading this I’m drooling. Your post reminded me of the delicious pulled pork I used to have back in the States 😀 The recipe for mac and cheese looks easy enough to whip together for my boy. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I love mac and cheese. It is a total weakness of mine. I have never had it with pulled pork. I am going to have to try this. I can put the pork in the crockpot and then whip up the mac and cheese later. I love using my cast iron skillet. mmmm I want this for dinner now! Sounds so good.

  9. This looks yummy! I don’t eat pork but I would like to try this and substitute chicken, maybe? I love the other recipes you mentioned also. They sound delish!

  10. Wow what a creative recipe! It looks and sounds way to good to be true! I am going to have to tell my husband about this, he would love it 🙂 Pinning!

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