Recipe: Sweet and Tangy BBQ Beef and Mac Skillet

This Sweet and Tangy BBQ Beef and Mac Skillet is another really great skillet meal that’s quick and easy to put together… in fact you can even make some of it ahead.

Use my Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce in this recipe for a really great sweet and tangy flavor … along with ground beef, cooked macaroni, chopped green onion, some shredded cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of crumbled bacon.. a great flavor combination!


I make my Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce ahead… and keep it in the fridge… it’s easy to make and so good… but you can use your favorite BBQ sauce instead if you prefer.

Make the bacon in the oven.. it’s easy and no mess… here are the instructions for making bacon in the oven.

Boiling the macaroni ahead also makes this meal very quick to throw together.. but isn’t necessary… you can do it before you brown the beef in a skillet.. it still will be a really quick meal to make.

Any shape pasta will work… I used elbows… rigatoni, penne, ziti or rotelle all work well.

I wrote the recipe for 3 cups cooked pasta.. that amount is flexible… add a little more if you like.. if you add more though… you will need to up the amount of BBQ sauce you use.. and in the immortal words of Rachael Ray.. and no I’m not talking about yummo… although this is yummo.… “eyeball” the amount of BBQ sauce until you have a nice saucy consistency.

Use both the green and white parts of the green onion.. they both are delicious.
The recipe as written serves 4 large servings or 6 small servings.

Use as much or as little of the bacon that you like.. the quantities listed is what I used.

Serve this with a salad and/or cornbread… if you would like something to go with this.. but it is terrific all by itself too!

Recipe: BBQ Beef and Mac Skillet

All you need:

1 pound lean ground beef
3 cups cooked elbow macaroni
2 cups Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce
½ cup green onion, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

All you need to do:

Brown the beef in a large skillet. Remove any excess fat.

Add the cooked macaroni and BBQ sauce. Mix well. Cook over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to mix the sauce completely in with the beef and macaroni.

Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.

Sprinkle the green onion and bacon on the cheddar cheese.

Lower the heat to medium low and put a lid on the skillet. Let it simmer low until the cheese melts… about 5 minutes. If it simmers too hard, lower the heat.

Serve immediately.

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