Disney Parks Brisket Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

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Brisket Mac ‘n Cheese?! Just a few words and our stomachs are already growling! Disney Chefs have created the perfect comfort dish by topping mac ‘n cheese with smoked barbecue brisket, pickled red onions, and crispy fried shallots. This plate has been known to be offered at Smokejumpers Grill at Disneyland Resort. Check out the yummy recipe below!

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Brisket Mac ‘n Cheese from Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure Park
Serves 6


  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, for frying


  • 1 pound smoked beef brisket (see Cook’s Note below)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni 
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • Black pepper, to taste


  • 1 cup favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Place thinly sliced red onions in mixing bowl. Combine white vinegar, sugar, and salt in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 
  2. Carefully pour over onions. Cool to room temperature. 
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 


  1. Heat oil in frying pan until it reaches 350°F.
  2. Combine flour, cornstarch, and salt in small bowl. 
  3. Dip shallots in cornstarch mixture and shake off excess coating. 
  4. Fry in hot oil for 1 minute, until crispy. 
  5. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.


  1. Shred or chop smoked beef brisket. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper. 
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. Add brisket and cook for 3 minutes, until hot. 
  3. Keep warm until ready to serve. 


  1. Cook macaroni in salted water, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth and light brown in color. 
  3. Slowly add milk, whisking to break up any lumps that form. Whisk until milk begins to simmer. Reduce heat to low. Add shredded cheddar and cream cheese. Whisk until smooth. Stir in macaroni. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Keep warm until ready to serve. 

TO SERVE: Scoop mac ‘n cheese onto each plate. Add smoked brisket. Top with drizzle of barbecue sauce, pickled red onions, and fried shallots. 

COOK’S NOTE: You can smoke your own brisket at home following directions for your particular smoker or simply pick up sliced smoked brisket from your favorite barbecue restaurant.

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe. 

YUM! If you’re unable to make it to Disneyland to enjoy this dish, it’s nice to know you can create the recipe right at home in your kitchen. Happy cooking, Disney fans!

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.