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4 Tips For Smoking Costco Mac and Cheese on Traegers

Costco Mac and Cheese on Traeger

Macaroni & cheese was introduced to American culture by Thomas Jefferson, and it has taken on a life of its own as a versatile comfort food begging for creative ways to reinvent it. Costco’s Mac & Cheese is one of their most popular pre-made dishes, so it only makes sense that people would start to bring it to their Traeger grill to add a smoky punch. 

Once the grill is properly preheated to 180-degrees, smoking Costco Mac & Cheese on a Traeger takes less than an hour. Simply add the Mac & Cheese to a cast iron skillet or a heat-proof baking dish and let it warm up at 180-degrees for 15 minutes.  

Then turn the grill up to 350-degrees, and cover with shredded cheddar and buttered breadcrumbs. Let it cook through until the cheese is melted, and the bread crumb topping is golden brown, which takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes. 


This is a great way to put a smoky creative twist on classic Costco Mac & Cheese. It also lets you cook an entire meal on your Traeger grill, which is handy on hot days when you don’t want the heat of supper to fight with your home’s air conditioning. 

How Long Does It Take to Smoke Costco Mac and Cheese?

Smoking Costco Mac & Cheese on a Traeger takes less than an hour. This starts with preheating a cast iron skillet or a heat-proof baking dish at 180-degrees and the Traeger set to Super Smoke

After 15 minutes add the Mac & Cheese to the pan and let it cook for 15 minutes to warm up. Then turn the grill up to 350-degrees, and cover with shredded cheddar and buttered breadcrumbs. 


Let the Costco Mac & Cheese smoke for another 30 to 45 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the breadcrumbs are starting to turn golden brown. 

Should You Smoke Mac and Cheese on a Traeger?

Smoking Mac & Cheese on a Traeger is a great way to add a little extra smoky flavor. It also lets you make most of your meal at the grill side, which keeps from heating up your kitchen on a hot day. 

Pre-made Costco Mac & Cheese tastes great when you smoke it on a Traeger. You can also scratch make macaroni and cheese using one of the recipes on Traeger’s website. 

Final Thoughts

Smoking Costco’s Mac & Cheese on a Traeger grill is a great way to take this tasty side dish up a notch. It also lets you cook an entire meal on the grill, without having to heat up the house. 

Best of all, it only takes an hour or less to make smoked Mac & Cheese on a Traeger. This starts with preheating it to 180-degrees and using the Super Smoke mode if your grill has it. 

Then add the pre-cooked Costco Mac & Cheese to a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Once it’s warmed turn the heat on your Traeger grill up to 350-degrees, top the Mac & Cheese with more cheese and breadcrumbs.

It should take 30 to 45 minutes for the cheese topping to melt and the breadcrumbs to toast, golden brown and delicious.