Goooooood morning, Internet! I'm back with another TODAY tonight, which is a series where I make something at home that Carson ate at work and absolutely loved, mostly just to get him to shut up about it. Just kidding! I love hearing him talk! Anyway, after he tried this Smoky Bacon Mac & Cheese (along with the gruyere and caramelized onion one) he said it was probably the best thing he's ever eaten on the show, and that Matt Lauer shared similar sentiments. That's a pretty good review, if you ask me. We had some friends over this weekend so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it and it, was, delicious. Delicious enough to use commas inappropriately. It's made with smoked gouda and pepperjack cheese, applewood smoked bacon and seasoned with cayenne and paprika... which all contribute to the most wonderful smoky flavor. And it doesn't hurt that you use bacon fat to make the roux. Definitely try it at your next gathering, especially if you're a bacon fan, and if you try the other one please send me your thoughts!