• David Bouska

BBQ Bacon Macaroni Salad

This picnic side dish is elevated from the basic macaroni salad thanks to bacon, bell pepper, peas, and Butcher BBQ’s flavor-forward Signature Private Seasoning. It’s super easy to throw together with little time and you can use leftovers like cooked bacon and peas to save on time. Simply cook up a box of elbow macaroni noodles and throw everything together in a big bowl. This recipe is best served chilled if possible, so let it cool in the fridge for a few minutes if you can. Rinsing the cooked macaroni noodles with cold water should help get you there, too. Otherwise, it should come together in 20 minutes or less!

Homemade macaroni salad is such a classic tasty dish for anytime of year, but even more fitting in the spring season and then into summertime. You’ll never want to pick up grocery store-made macaroni salad again! Make sure not to overcook the noodles to allow for a firm chewiness and to slightly absorb the dressing. The dressing is reliably tasty thanks to a traditional blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, and vinegar. To season it, you won’t have to worry about having a stocked spice cabinet or measuring things out. Simply add a couple tablespoons or more of the Signature Private Seasoning for quick and easy deliciousness! The rich dressing and savory sharp shredded cheese perfectly complement a handful of fresh chopped bell pepper, green onion, and dill in this macaroni salad.

Ingredients ● 16 ounces elbow macaroni noodles

● 8-10 slices bacon, cooked and broken into bite-size pieces

● 1 cup bell pepper, chopped (any color)

● 3 stalks green onion, chopped

● 1 1⁄2 cups peas, cooked/thawed

● 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped

● 1 1⁄2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Ingredients for dressing

● 2⁄3 cup mayonnaise

● 1⁄3 cup sour cream

● 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

● 2 tbsp Signature Private Seasoning


Cook pasta according to package directions and run cool water over the pasta in a colander in the sink.

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for the dressing. In a large bowl, combine the elbow macaroni, bacon pieces, bell pepper, green onion, peas, fresh dill, and shredded cheese.

Pour desired amount of dressing over macaroni salad and toss to coat. Serve chilled.

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