The Mempho (Grilled BBQ Mac & Cheese Sandwich)

by Erin

Step aside traditional grilled cheese, this BBQ Mac & Cheese Sandwich means business. With chipotle cheddar, BBQ chicken, and mac & cheese between two slices of Texas toast.

The Mempho 1

Not only is April Grilled Cheese Month but today is Grilled Cheese Day! Seems a bit overkill to have a day within the same month in which is it celebrated but I will never complain about any excuse to have cheese.

I decided to match the intensity of a double holiday with a loaded grilled cheese sandwich inspired by “The Mempho” from a restaurant in Memphis called Patrick’s. Since I moved, I sometimes go through Memphis-food withdrawal and now you get to reap the benefits of my recreation attempts.

The Mempho 2

This trip down taste-bud-memory lane involves a grilled cheese sandwich with pulled BBQ pork, Swiss cheese, mac and cheese, and caramelized onions all sandwiched between two slices of Texas-style bread. Using my slow cooker BBQ recipe, I made mine with pulled BBQ chicken (cooked with onion in it), chipotle cheddar cheese, and garlic butter Texas toast instead! And of course since that isn’t enough there’s still plenty of mac and cheese sandwiched in there as well.

The recipe makes one sandwich (it is Single Serving Sunday after all) but I trust your math skills are sufficient enough to make more if needed.

The Mempho 3

Want some other grilled cheese inspiration? Or feeling a bit timid to tackle this one? Try my grilled three cheese sandwich, grilled mac & cheese sandwich, or caprese salad grilled cheese sandwich.

Get Your Grilled Cheese On!

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Yield: 1 serving Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 slices frozen garlic butter Texas Toast, thawed
  • 2 slices spicy cheddar cheese (I used Cabot's chipotle cheddar)
  • 1/4 cup leftover macaroni and cheese, warmed
  • 1/4 cup leftover pulled BBQ pork or chicken, warmed


  1. Preheat a small skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place one slice of bread onto skillet, add 1 slice of cheese, followed by macaroni, meat, and another slice of cheese. Top with a second slice of bread.
  3. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted.
  4. Slice and serve immediately.
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Source: Adapted from my Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich, inspired by The Mempho at Patrick’s.

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Rach @ This Italian Family March 17, 2016 - 6:19 pm

This is absolutely my favorite thing to order at Patrick’s! Love it! :)

spiffycookie March 17, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Oh I miss it so much Rach! I cannot wait to come back for BBQ fest.

Katy | Her Cup of Joy April 13, 2015 - 7:39 am

Wow this sandwich look amazing!

Joanne April 13, 2015 - 7:15 am

COME TO MOMMA. Is all I have to say about this.

Ala April 13, 2015 - 6:06 am

Single Serving Sunday – HA! I love it. Funnily enough, I made grilled cheese bites today and didn’t even know that it was National Grilled Cheese Day until I read your post! And darn, too, because I totally would’ve made this version. This looks scrumdiddlyumptious to boot, girl!


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