Mouthwatering Barbecue Cups Recipe for a Perfect Dinner

Looking for a meal that’s easy to make and full of flavor? Look no further than these Barbecue Cups! These savory cups are the perfect combination of sweet and smoky, with tender ground beef coated in a delicious barbecue sauce, all nestled in a warm biscuit cup.

Whether you’re cooking for family or friends, these barbecue cups are sure to be a hit. They’re quick to prepare and easy to customize – simply swap out the ground beef for pulled pork or add in your favorite veggies! Plus, they’re perfect for meal prepping or bringing to a potluck.

But don’t just take my word for it – give these Barbecue Cups a try today and taste the deliciousness for yourself.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Barbecue Cups
Barbecue Cups

Are you tired of the same old boring meals? Want to impress your friends and family with a delicious, easy-to-make recipe? Look no further than these delectable barbecue cups.

Picture warm, flaky biscuit cups overflowing with savory ground beef smothered in a tangy barbecue sauce, topped with melted cheddar cheese. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors that will have your taste buds dancing.

But it’s not just the flavor that makes this recipe stand out. These barbecue cups are incredibly versatile and can be customized to your preferences. Trying to watch your carb intake? Use low-carb biscuit dough. Prefer pulled pork to ground beef? Swap it out for a new twist on an old favorite. The possibilities are endless!

Not only is this recipe delicious and customizable, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. All you need is a muffin tin and a few simple ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry. It’s a great way to jazz up a weeknight dinner without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen.

So what are you waiting for? Impress your guests at your next get-together or simply treat yourself to an easy and delicious meal with these mouthwatering barbecue cups. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 Perfectly portioned for your next backyard bash!
Perfectly portioned for your next backyard bash!

The essential ingredients for the BBQ Cups recipe

Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need to cook up a batch of Mama Sue’s delicious barbecue cups. This recipe makes enough for 5 servings.

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits – 1 can (12 oz)
  • 2 tsp minced onion

You will also need some standard cooking supplies, such as measuring spoons and cups, a nonstick skillet, and a muffin pan.

The Recipe How-To

 Move over boring burgers, these BBQ cups are the new crowd-pleasers!
Move over boring burgers, these BBQ cups are the new crowd-pleasers!

To make these delicious BBQ Beef Biscuit Cups, the first thing you need to do is preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Then, in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown 1 pound (454 g) of lean ground beef. Drain away any excess fat and add in 1 cup (240 ml) of barbecue sauce, 1 finely chopped onion and 2 tablespoons (30 g) of brown sugar. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.

Meanwhile, separate a package of 10 refrigerated biscuits, like Pillsbury Grands! (or any other biscuit recipe you fancy) into individual rounds. Press each one into a greased muffin cup or use muffin liners instead for easy cleanup.

Using a spoon, divide the beef mixture equally among the cups, filling them about three-quarters full. Top each cup with 1 tablespoon (15 g) of shredded Cheddar cheese.

Bake the biscuit cups for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Substitutions and Variations

 Layers of flavor in every bite.
Layers of flavor in every bite.

If you’re feeling adventurous or want to switch things up, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try with this BBQ Cups recipe.

For example, instead of ground beef, you can use ground turkey or chicken for a leaner option. You could also try using pulled pork instead of ground beef for a delicious twist.

If you prefer a lower carb option, swap the biscuit cups for muffin cups made with almond flour. This substitution will give you that homely biscuit flavor without the added carbs.

Are you a fan of spicy food? Try adding some diced jalapeno peppers to the beef and onion mixture before cooking. Or, drizzle some hot sauce on top for some extra heat.

For cheese lovers, substitute cheddar cheese with Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese. And if you’re a mushroom lover, add some finely chopped mushrooms to the beef and onion mixture while cooking for an extra punch of umami.

With all these options and more at your fingertips, it’s easy to get creative with this BBQ Cups recipe and make it your own. So go ahead and test your skills as a chef — switch it up, substitute ingredients, and experiment with different flavor profiles to create your own unique twist on this classic recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Tangy, smoky, savory – all in one handy cup.
Tangy, smoky, savory – all in one handy cup.

These barbecue cups are a hearty and delicious appetizer or snack. They pair well with a variety of drinks, from beer to lemonade, making them perfect for all kinds of occasions.

For a meal, serve the barbecue cups alongside a side salad or coleslaw. The fresh, crisp flavors of the vegetables will balance out the richness of the beef and cheese.

If you’re having a game day party or casual get-together, try serving these barbecue cups with a side of tortilla chips and salsa. The savory flavors of the beef and cheese will complement the spicy kick of the salsa.

To make them even more indulgent, top each barbecue cup with a dollop of sour cream, chopped green onion, or a sprinkle of freshly grated cheddar cheese.

These barbecue cups are also easy to customize to your taste preferences. You can experiment with different barbecue sauces, try using pulled pork instead of ground beef or even use low-carb ingredients if needed.

Whether you’re serving these at a family gathering or enjoying them as a midday snack, these barbecue cups are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Ideal for tailgating season.
Ideal for tailgating season.

Barbecue Cups are perfect for making ahead and reheating for a quick and delicious meal. If you plan on making these Beef Biscuit Cups ahead of time, follow the recipe instructions as normal but hold off on baking them. Once you’ve assembled the cups, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to two days before baking.

When it comes time to bake the barbecue cups, simply preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and place the individual cups on a baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes or until heated through and the biscuits are golden brown.

If you have leftover barbecue cups, simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. To reheat them, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F (200°C) for eight to ten minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave on high for one minute.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to customize based on personal tastes, dietary needs or serving sizes. You can easily make these low-carb by swapping out the biscuits for keto-friendly dough options or using lettuce cups instead. You can also experiment with different meats like pulled pork instead of ground beef, or even add extra vegetables like diced peppers or corn to the meat mixture.

In conclusion, whether prepared ahead of time or reheated as leftovers, these BBQ Beef Biscuit Cups are sure to please any hungry crowd with their savory flavors and versatile recipe options. Just follow these simple storing and reheating tips, and you’ll always have a delicious meal ready to go!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate handheld BBQ experience.
The ultimate handheld BBQ experience.

Barbecue cups must be appetizing and mouth-watering at the same time. Here are some tips that can give you perfect results for this recipe.

First, use lean ground beef to avoid excess fat in your cups. Excessive fat can cause burning and unpleasant odors, and it may ruin the entire dish. So it’s essential to keep the fat content low in the beef.

Second, don’t overcook the beef. Make sure to cook your beef until it is browned but still has moisture as well-done beef will result in dry bbq cups that are a big no-no.

Third, drain any excess fats after cooking the beef. This step will keep grease from spreading in your cups, which could again spoil your dish.

Fourth, get your barbecue sauce and onion-brown sugar mixture ingredients ready before adding them to the beef because timing is crucial in this step. You wouldn’t want your sauce to go overboard with the thickness or sweetness if you add them too soon or too late.

Fifth, use muffin tins with non-stick sprays while making these cups. Doing this will prevent sticking, making sure they come off smoothly and without any difficulties when getting them out of the pan.

Sixth, always preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) before baking your BBQ cups recipe. It will help cook your barbecue beef cups evenly and get them crispy on top yet soft and savory inside.

Seventh, sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each cup before putting them in the oven for a more cheese-licious taste.

Eighth, allow your barbecue beef cups to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. This step allows them to set and cool properly, saving you from possible injuries that may happen with hot fillings.

Lastly, have fun! Don’t be afraid to try other variations of this recipe instead of ground beef; you can use pulled pork or even chicken meat as a substitute. Get creative with the dish but remember to follow these tips for perfect results every time you make these BBQ cups recipe!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Barbecue Cups recipe is an easy and delicious option for any BBQ enthusiast looking for a quick meal. These beef biscuit cups filled with BBQ beef and topped with cheddar cheese are perfect for entertaining as well as a family dinner. The recipe is customizable, making it ideal for those who like to experiment with different flavors and variations.

As someone who has tried this recipe, I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. The combination of the lean ground beef and Mama Sue’s barbecue sauce brings out the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. The addition of hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce makes these cups even more delicious.

With tips on how to make-ahead, store, reheat and substitute some ingredients for low carb options, this recipe is flexible enough to fit any dietary needs. It’s only 30 minutes away from your perfect dish!

So whether you’re in a hurry or planning a backyard BBQ party, this Barbecue Cups recipe is definitely worth considering. It’s not only easy but also versatile enough to please everyone at the table. Don’t take my word for it; give it a try and see how it quickly becomes one of your go-to dishes.

Barbecue Cups

Barbecue Cups Recipe

From FFA/HERO cookbook, late ’80’s. I like how easy this is and it seems like something that kids would love.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 221.4 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Brown ground beef in skillet, stirring until crumbly; drain.
  • Add barbecue sauce, onion and brown sugar, mixing well.
  • Flatten biscuits with a rolling pin and press them into greased muffin cups.
  • Spoon in ground beef mixture.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.



Serving: 92gCalories: 221.4kcalCarbohydrates: 13.7gProtein: 12.2gFat: 12.9gSaturated Fat: 5.2gCholesterol: 39.7mgSodium: 436.1mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 4.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Meat, One-Dish Meal
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.