COOK bacon just until it starts to turn crisp; drain, reserving 6 Tbsp. drippings (or reserving 3 Tbsp. drippings for trial recipe).
PREPARE Macaroni & Cheese as directed on package, using the butter and milk. Stir in bacon, reserved drippings and 1 cup of the bread crumbs (or 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs for trial recipe).
POUR into full-hotel pan (or into half-hotel pan for trial recipe); cover with foil. Bake in 350ºF standard oven 30 min.; stir. Let stand, covered, until cooled. Refrigerate overnight.
USE #20 scoop to portion macaroni & cheese into 2.5-oz. balls.
SET up a standard breading station of flour, eggs and remaining 2 cups bread crumbs (or remaining 1 cup bread crumbs for trial recipe). Dip balls, 1 at a time, in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs. Let stand until slightly dried.
FOR each serving: Deep fry 3 balls in 350ºF oil 2 min. or until golden brown; drain. Place on serving plate; sprinkle with about 1/2 Tbsp. Asiago cheese. Garnish plate with parsley leaves. Serve with about 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce.