Maple Bacon & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Do you guys love copycat recipes?  I know I do!!  You know, you go out to eat at a restaurant and eat something so great that you think, “I have to make that at home!!!”… then you spend some time searching the internet and/or coming up with your own versions.  My hunt for a Ruby Tuesday’s biscuit recipe is what led me to come up with this delicious maple, bacon and cheddar buttermilk biscuit recipe!

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

Some copycat recipes turn out great and are spot on the money!  Like my copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup… oh man, it’s hot here in Ohio, and I still want that soup 🙂

Others, well, they turn out like this one… not really a copycat, but still delicious!!  If you have a Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant near you, you know those biscuits they bring out while you’re waiting on your food?  They’re so tasty, dare I even say better than Red Lobsters?  Eeek!  Once I tried them, I knew I was going to have to find a way to have them at home.  Through my trials in the kitchen, I developed these biscuits, and they’re really good!

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Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

There are two ingredients in these biscuits that may surprise you… firstly…. maple syrup.  It adds a hint of amazing sweetness.  Secondly, bacon grease.  Yep, you read that correctly.  These biscuits won’t be endorsed by the American Heart Association any time soon! 😉  It’s not a lot of bacon grease, and it could probably be substituted for some shortening or even just more butter.  But I just love the extra bacony (should be a word, seriously!) flavor that it adds!

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

These are a relatively low-maintenance biscuit to make… no rolling out the dough or using a biscuit cutter.

I let my food processor do the work of cutting in the fats and solids, but you could use a handheld pastry cutter if you’d like 🙂  Once you’ve combined all the ingredients except for the liquids, transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

 

Make a well in the center and pour in your buttermilk, milk and syrup.  Use a rubber spatula to stir it all together until it’s well combined, and is a sticky dough.

 

Use a large cookie/ice cream scoop to drop the biscuits onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.  Once they’re finished baking, mix up a seasoned melted butter mixture and brush it on top of the biscuits.

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

So soft, so fluffy, so light, so flavorful!!

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

Now these buttermilk biscuits are completely delicious as-is… but you want to know what makes them crazy good?  A little drizzle of some honey or extra maple syrup!  I know, I know… it’s a bit decadent… but c’mon, you’re already eating biscuits, go for it and add the drizzle 🙂

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

These biscuits would be great alongside some parmesan crusted chicken, or some honey balsamic pork bbq sandwiches.  They would also make an excellent biscuit to make a fried egg sandwich with 🙂

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

You’ll definitely want to stop by next week when I share a recipe that includes a spicy honey bacon glaze, which I also drizzled over these biscuits 😉

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!

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Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!
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5 from 3 votes
Maple Bacon & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
12 biscuits
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Fluffy buttermilk biscuits that are both savory and sweet... flavored with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, then brushed with melted butter!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • Biscuits:
  • 2 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 7 slices bacon diced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp butter cut into small pieces and chilled
  • Tbsp Reserved bacon grease from cooking bacon about 2
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Dice bacon and cook in a small skillet until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate with a slotted spoon. Pour grease into a small bowl and place in the freezer to chill. Cube your butter into small pieces and place in the freezer as well.
  3. In your food processor, add your flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt, and pulse to combine. Add chilled butter and bacon grease, and pulse until the fats are cut into the dry ingredients. Mixture will resemble wet fluffy sand with small pea-sized lumps.
  4. Add in the shredded cheese and crisped bacon and pulse a few more times to combine.
  5. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, make a well in the center, and add in buttermilk, maple syrup and milk. Mix with a spatula or wooden spoon to combine. If the mixture is dry, add a splash more buttermilk. You want the dough to leave the sides of the bowl.
  6. Use a 2-inch cookie scoop (or 1/4 cup measuring cup) to scoop out the dough and drop them onto the parchment lined baking sheet, with a few inches in between each biscuit.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, turning the baking sheet around halfway through.
  8. While biscuits are baking, melt your butter and stir in the parsley, garlic powder and salt. Once the biscuits are golden brown, remove them from the oven and brush with the butter mixture.
  9. Cool biscuits on a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

** If you'd prefer, you can use bacon that's already cooked, but you'll still need bacon grease, so I only recommend this method if you keep bacon grease in your refrigerator.

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50 comments on “Maple Bacon & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits”

  1. Oh. My. These are DELICIOUS! This is a keeper recipe. Thank you!

    The maple flavour is VERY subtle, as in you can hardly taste it. And I used maple bacon which I would recommend using to add to the flavour. I also added chopped green onion into the dough because I had some that needed using up. Absolutely scrumptious!

  2. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  3. There is a chance we are soul sisters! Holy mother of deliciousness! These sound amazing! I’ve never had them at Ruby Tuesdays, but I want to have one now!

  4. OMG! These look delicious! I am sharing this recipe on FB and pinning, with full credit to you, of course! 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to try these fantastic biscuits! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
    Have a great day,
    Miz Helen

  6. These look delicious! And it just so happens that I have some leftover bacon AND bacon grease in my fridge! Do you know how much bacon grease you used? How many tablespoons? Thanks!

  7. Thanks for sharing this! I love making my own breads and rolls, but I struggle to get creative and have fun with flavors. My family will love this!

    • Thank you Lindsey!! I bet your family loves that you make your own breads and rolls, homemade is awesome 🙂 I like to experiment in the kitchen, and have been getting more and more into making most things from scratch. I hope you and your family love these biscuits! 🙂

  8. I so want to try (and eat) these biscuits!

  9. I think these are absolutely the best-looking biscuits I have ever seen or heard of!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. I’m going to go and make these biscuits… seriously!! They look SO SO GOOD!! 😀 I’ve never been to Ruby tuesday… but I can only imagine these taste HEAPS better! YUM!!

  11. Maple, bacon and cheddar biscuits – these are on my “to make” list!

  12. Ahhhh… yessss.. these look AMAZING!!!! I LOVE biscuits and I definitely can’t wait to try these! And honestly I used to save bacon grease because I heard that it’s an amazing secret ingredient stuff… I just never found a recipe to use it for until now, YEAH!!!! And… I recently bought REAL maple syrup too so I am ready to GO!

    • Thank youuuuuu Stephanie!! Bacon grease is the nectar of the gods lol… I use a little of it to saute chicken breasts in my skillet… it adds such a great flavor! Woohooo, you’re definitely all ready to make these! I hope you love them 😀

  13. Found you from #FoodieFriDIY Love the sweet and savory combo here! Sounds SO good! And speaks to my Southern soul in a special way 😉 Yum!

  14. OK my mouth was watering.. Seriously!! Bacon grease is better than shortening. Butter is probably a little healthier. Whom am I kidding, none of them are healthy but that was not your goal :)) Have you ever made bacon crack?? If not google it. I need to add it to the blog someday. Thanks for bringing to Fiesta Friday #72 and Happy FF! :))

    • Hehe, thank you!! Bacon grease is my liquid gold, I always have a mason jar of it in my refrigerator 🙂 Oooooh bacon crack is on my “to make” bucket list :)) Happy FF to you as well!

  15. Very attractive biscuits! Its rustic look is the highlight! I have to try them with a veggie substitute!

  16. LOVE biscuits!! Pinning this, they look amazing!! Drool, drool…

  17. Oh my god! I think you just created my dream biscuits! These sound so amazing. I want to try them ASAP!

  18. Looks really good. I ‘ll have to sub with turkey bacon…

    Passing through from Foodie Fridays Linky

  19. These look so good! I can’t wait to try them!

  20. My co-worker’s wife always sends in these delicious breads and treats. I sent these along to him, I think she’d love them! They look absolutely amazing.

  21. These are some really awesome looking biscuits. I may need to put sausage gravy over them with lots of fatty sausage and a fried egg to give my cardiologist that summer home he has been eying. What I meant to say was, good job, recipe looks amazing!

  22. Bacon? Cheese? Maple syrup? Biscuits??? What’s not to like! These sound wonderful.

  23. another drool-worthy recipe! i love trying to do remakes at home of my fave restaurant dishes…some are wins…others…not so much!! will have to try these biscuits, love the ruby tuesday’s ones!! and i mean, anything with bacon is a-ok in my book 🙂 pinning!

  24. My Grandpa taught me the secret of bacon grease in biscuits. This recipe sounds like it hits all my notes, bacon, cheese, and a hint of maple syrup, YUMMY!!!!!