Backpacking Recipe: Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork

Macaroni and cheese is a classic backpacking meal. In this version, pulled pork takes it a couple of notches on the flavor spectrum.

backpacking recipe - macaroni & cheese

You could buy a box of mac & cheese from the store and cook it on the trail, but this version will not only taste better, you’ll be in full control of the quality of the ingredients. And this version tastes waaaay better than commercially made backpacking mac & cheese.

To use less fuel when cooking, I pre-cook the macaroni at home and dehydrate. This cuts down significantly on the amount of time it takes to rehydrate. However, if you don’t have a dehydrator, just keep in mind that the macaroni will take longer to cook.

backpacking recipe - macaroni & cheese


Makes 1 serving

Note that I didn’t add any salt since the cheese powder already has a good amount of sodium.

backpacking recipe - macaroni & cheese

At home

Pre-cook the macaroni until just done, drain and spread out on dehydrator trays to dry it. The time to dry varies based on the type of dehydrator used, the room temperature and humidity level, and the temperature used to dry it. I find that it takes 4-6 hours, making sure that it is completely dry before storing and using.

Place the macaroni, heavy cream powder, butter powder, cheese powder, pepper and potato starch into a plastic bag or vacuum seal for longer storage. Leave the pulled pork in the packaging it came in. Note that if you are using macaroni that has not been pre-cooked and dehydrated, I recommend packaging the macaroni separately from the sauce ingredients since it will take more time to cook at camp.

At camp

Place the macaroni and dry ingredients into a cook pot. Add enough water to barely cover (about 1 cup). Stir well to dissolve dry ingredients. Turn on the stove and cover the pot with a lid. When it comes to a boil, stir frequently to prevent sticking on the bottom. Lower the flame and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, continuing to stir occasionally. Turn off the flame and add the pulled pork. Stir well, then put the lid on and let it sit for 10 minutes. If you have a pot cozy, place the pot in it to keep the food hot while it rehydrates. After 10 minutes, check to see if the pasta is finished cooking. If not, add a small amount of water and bring to a boil again, then let sit for a few minutes until the pasta is done.

backpacking recipe: macaroni and cheese with pulled pork

add water and stir

backpacking recipe: macaroni and cheese with pulled pork

add pulled pork to the cooked meal and stir

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