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Barbecue Cornbread Muffins – Only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes is all that it takes to whip up these smoky, saucy, and filling savory muffins for dinner.

Overhead view of Barbecue Cornbread Muffins on two white plates and muffin pan with bowl of shredded cheese over napkin


You may have noticed that I have been a little inconsistent with the blog posting schedule around here. I missed a few days here and there and some post were much later than they were supposed to be. There is a perfectly good explanation for that and it is that your girl has been busy.

As you may know, I left my day job back in December and decided to pursue working from home for myself as a consultant, food photographer, and digital influencer. Along the way, there have been many ups and downs and even times when I thought about returning back to the workforce. I instead decided to join a mastermind group full of women that are doing the same thing as me. This made me realize that I have been playing it safe…Sticking to what I know and basically limiting my own growth.

Last month I had to take a good hard look at what I wanted and get organized in this space enough to grow to the place that I want to be. Once I was able to do that, it set me up to stretch myself this month and let me tell you that doing that has already made a huge difference.

I was able to collaborate with fellow blogger Kenya Rae from to bring you #MidDayMunchies. Each Thursday during the month of September, we were on Facebook Live cooking up a quick and easy brunch or dinner. These were so much fun and I really enjoyed making these videos because they required little prep and no editing.

Another way I stretched myself this month is by participating in an Instagram campaign that included my son for Tony’s Pizza. It was new for me stepping from behind the camera and allowing my son to share his ideas on how he wanted the picture to look.

So, what has stretching taught me this month? Not to be afraid to try something new!

Just a few results…I have more ideas to add in Facebook Live more, I am in the process of finishing up a food photography on a budget course, and was hired to photograph a whole cookbook. It is all very exciting! I will tell you that if you have something new that you have wanted to give a try…don’t wait any longer…just do it.

Speaking of trying new things, you should definitely try these Barbecue Cornbread Muffins. They are hearty, comforting, and perfect for those times when you need a meal in a hurry.

Overhead view of individual serving of Barbecue Cornbread Muffins on white plate

Barbecue Cornbread Muffin on white plate with more in the background

Close-up side view Barbecue Cornbread Muffins serving on white plate with more in muffin pan in the background

Barbecue Cornbread Muffins

Barbecue Cornbread Muffins, only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes is all that it takes to whip up these smoky, saucy, and filling savory muffins for dinner.
5 from 7 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue cornbread muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 462kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 package (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet on medium high heat add in the ground beef and diced onions. Cook until the meat has browned and drain off the fat.
  • Stir in the barbecue sauce until the beef mixture is fully coated.
  • Prepare the corn muffin mix according to the package directions.
  • Spoon in about 2 tablespoons of the corn muffin mixture into each individual muffin well.
  • Top the muffin mixture with the barbecue beef mixture and place into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the muffins from the oven and top each with 1 tablespoon of the shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the pan 3 to 4 minutes before removing.
  • Top with additional cheese if you prefer and serve hot.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 805mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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    September 30, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    I like pretty much any recipe that has 5 ingredients, that means I can’t mess it up… hopefully lol. I’m happy you found a mastermind group. Working for yourself is very hard, I have my ups and downs, my good days and bad, but having a good support group is always beneficial to entrepreneurs like us! I’m very proud of my friend, if you ever need someone to talk too I’m also here. I’ll be in the look out for mid-day munchines.

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      October 9, 2017 at 7:06 PM

      Thank you!! That is so true…having support as a solopreneur is so important. It can get pretty lonely around here.

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    October 6, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    This is so creative. I remember last year my mother-in-law made cornbread that was a bit spicy and with cheese, and I thought, “Wow, that’s one way to up it.” I love the upgrades and making meals out of cornbread. YUM.

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      October 9, 2017 at 7:07 PM

      Thank you! Spicy and cheesy cornbread sounds like my kind of recipe 🙂

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        Janet Weisbrod
        December 21, 2020 at 6:50 PM

        5 stars
        love this…I double it and bake it in a 9× 13 pan.

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          December 23, 2020 at 1:17 PM

          Glad you enjoyed it, love that you made it in a 9×13 inch pan!!!

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    October 7, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    These cornbread muffins look delicious!!! 🙂
    Your son looks a lot like you.
    I’m happy to hear that you have so many exciting things in the works. Photographing a cookbook sounds really exciting and I know it will be beautiful because your pictures are always gorgeous.

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      October 9, 2017 at 7:08 PM

      Aww…Thank you so much Sonya! We get that a lot 🙂

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    October 10, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Yummy! Those muffins look like a bite sized meal 🙂

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      October 11, 2017 at 8:27 PM

      Thank you…they really are 🙂

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    September 2, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    5 stars
    The directions on the muffin box said 400° but i followed the recipe. It didn’t cook fully. I added about 4 extra minutes and it was fine. And absolutely fabulous!
    (Update from last review. please disregard it.)

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      September 4, 2020 at 9:13 AM

      Hi Elysa! Thank you. I will be sure to update the recipe to note the difference.

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    Shannon Holand
    October 10, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    5 stars
    I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved these muffins! I’m not big on bbq sauce but thought I would give them a try. I didn’t have a cornbread mix so I mixed up 1/2 batch of my own recipe which is a lot more work but it was so worth it. With the onion, red pepper, jalapeno, cream corn, a touch of sugar and sour cream they were so flavourful. I will find cornbread muffin mix to have on hand when I want to make this the quick way just so I can compare. Wondering if you can recommend the best way to reheat these as the microwave took away the crispness of the cornbread.

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      October 15, 2020 at 12:32 PM

      Hi Shannon, Glad you enjoyed them! Love hearing about your changes. Reheating will not keep the crispness unfortunately.

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    Kelly Hodgins
    October 20, 2020 at 8:42 PM

    5 stars
    I made this tonight, and my kids and I loved it! I served it with a pickle and cottage cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

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      October 21, 2020 at 10:23 AM

      Thank you Kelly! Glad it was a hit with you and your family!

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    Sunny D
    December 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    5 stars
    In the words of my 10-year old: “These look kind of odd and the idea sounds strange, but they’re really, really good!” Everyone in my family loved these — even the five year old picky eater. Thanks!

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      December 21, 2020 at 6:16 PM

      I’m so happy to hear that!!!!

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