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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Contact: Tom Lehrer

Office: 586-463-3523



April 4, 2023

K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ wins title of Best Mac in the Mac contest for second year in a row

Bracket style public vote used to choose the best macaroni and cheese in Macomb County

After two weeks of brackets, and thousands of votes cast by the general public, K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ has been announced as the winner of the third annual Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac contest. This is the second year in a row that K-Block’s has been given the Mac Madness title.

“I’d like to congratulate K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ for its back-to-back win in our Best Mac in the Mac contest,” said County Executive Mark Hackel. “They’ve been able to take this simple dish and add unique BBQ flavors to create their own signature mac n cheese. I think we should all make our way to K-Blocks and give it a try. I’d also like to congratulate and thank all of our other participants. This contest is a fun way to tie in the March Madness hype and highlight that Macomb County continues to be a destination for dining out.”

The initiative, which was organized by Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED), sought to highlight housemade macaroni and cheese at locally owned and operated restaurants. Sixteen establishments went head-to-head in the competition, with K-Block’s coming out on top.

K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ is located at 66880 Van Dyke in Washington Township. The restaurant promotes itself as serving the best barbeque in Michigan, with time tested family recipes and proven techniques which deliver a variety of meats and sides to customers. Brian Knoblock is its pitmaster and owner. His winning dish, called Frito Mac, has a layer of Fritos, cheese and beans, and is topped with brisket and cilantro.

A picture of the made-from-scratch dish can be found here.

As the winner of the Best Mac in the Mac contest, K-Block’s will receive:

  • A $2,000 grant from Macomb County
  • The Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac plaque
  • Bragging rights

A $1,000 grant will also be awarded to the runner-up,Bath City Bistro, located at 75 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens.

Though the contest has concluded, the public is encouraged to get out and taste test entries from all of the restaurants that participated. Find those restaurants, and additional details and information, at



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