Smoky Grilled Cheese

This is ridiculously good. I am an advocate of all things cheese. It can’t be too stinky, crispy, or gooey for me. I love it. I also appreciate a good grilled sandwich. Now I like a classic, no frills-no fuss, American cheese on white bread as much as the next guy (maybe more). But sometimes I get a hankering for a little smoky barbeque flavor too.  Is it lunchtime yet? No matter, let’s make a really good grilled cheese sandwich. It might just be the best thing you’ve ever tasted.

Serves 4

As organic as you can:

8  slices good grainy bread (such as Dave’s Killer Everything Bread, (

4 Tbsp Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Barbecue Sauce

Approx ¼ cup butter (About ½ a stick, give or take)

4 slices good quality Sharp Cheddar Cheese

8 slices good quality Smoked Provolone Cheese

½ cup pickle relish (such as McClure’s garlic & dill)

In a small bowl mix the mayo and barbecue sauce. Set aside. If not done already, slice your cheese. To assemble the sandwich, spread the mayo mixture on a slice of bread on a plate or board. Top the spread with a healthy tablespoon of the relish. Next, lay the cheddar cheese on top of the pickle relish followed by the two slices of smoked provolone. Butter a slice of bread and place on cheese stack, butter side up. Assemble the other sandwiches the same way. On a medium heated griddle or large skillet, flip the sandwich butter side down onto the heated surface. While starting to brown and heat through, butter the exposed side of the bread to be ready to flip. Depending on the size of your griddle, start the next sandwich. You don’t want your griddle to be too hot, because you want time for the cheese to get hot and melted without burning the bread. After a minute or two flip the sandwich and brown the other side. Serve while hot and oozy. You are going to be so happy.