Review: New Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue

Picture it: A plate full of Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

On top of that, a pile of Flame Tree Barbecue’s Pulled Pork.

On top of THAT, another Flame Tree favorite: Onion Rings!

And on the side? Just a bit of coleslaw to provide a hint of cooling tang to the entire dish.

Well, guess what? You don’t have to simply imagine it — because the fine folks at Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue have made it a reality!

You’ll see it on the updated menu, where the Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork Topped with Onion Rings and Coleslaw has replaced the Smoked Turkey Sandwich.

Flame Tree Barbecue Menu

Flame Tree Barbecue Menu

You’ll notice a difference in presentation, though, from the menu.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

The coleslaw is served in a small bowl on the side, as opposed to included with the other toppings — a nice touch for those who don’t prefer coleslaw mixed in with the other flavors.

Coleslaw on the side

Coleslaw on the side

The pulled pork gets just a drizzle of the famous Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

(But remember, if you would like additional sauce, there’s plenty more where that came from at the condiment counters, so help yourself!)

Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce Dispenser

Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce Dispenser

Simply put, there is a TON of food in this tasty, savory, SUPER filling meal.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

Onion Ring

Onion Ring

And, as with the Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Eight Spoon Cafe, the smoky flavor of the pork pairs so nicely with the cheesy mac.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

But! Unlike the dish at Eight Spoon Cafe, which is served in a small ramekin, the Flame Tree dish is an entire entree coming in at only $3.70 higher (the full Flame Tree portion is $9.99, while the snack at Eight Spoon Cafe is $6.29… and doesn’t come with those onion rings!).

Wow… and I thought Flame Tree’s French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese was a game changer (even though I already loved Flame Tree long before that)! Now we’ve got TWO. Which would you pick :) ?

Will you be ordering up some Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Flame Tree Barbecue? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    We don’t go to Animal Kingdom every trip, just not a favorite. If we do go, it’s a hard decision whether it’s Yak & Yeti QS or Flame Tree BBQ….This new item would make Animal Kingdom a must do, for me. Looks amazing.

  2. Sandra G says

    Well, I was thrilled until I saw it was replacing our favorite smoked turkey sandwich. How will I break it to my husband that the meal he has been looking forward to all year won’t be there in December? Heartbreak. And cursing, there definitely will be cursing. Wonder if anyplace else offers that delicious turkey with cranberry mayo?

  3. Cartier says

    If you could get the Mac & Cheese (without the pork and stuff) as a side with the chicken, I’d be sold.

  4. Bob Zork says

    The real disaster is the quiet modification of the 1/2 roast chicken. They switched to a dry rub which is not nearly as good as the original BBQ recipe (and makes for a much drier meat). Further, they eliminated the cornbread, which was a real treat. We are pass holders and this was our go-to AK place. I guess it is back to Subway for lunch.

  5. Bronwen says

    Can you get the baked mac and cheese with the pork on the side? I’m a vegetarian but my husband isn’t.

  6. DFB Sarah says

    Bronwen, we didn’t ask on our visit, but since the dish is put together to order, we would expect that they can put the pork on a separate plate.

  7. Dave says

    Sandra, I too loved that sandwich. The Artist’s Palette at Saratoga has a very similar one that I have had, its not convenient as its not in a park though and not worth a special trip unless you’re staying there. Felt the same way when they removed my fav Jerk Chix Sandwich from Gaspirilla Grill at GF.

  8. Brad says

    I think I might have to try this in December! Flame Tree was one of our favorites the last time we visited WDW in 2008 and I already have it on the schedule for this year. Just another reason to make sure we make it over there.

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