Buddocks – Home Style Meat Buns Recipe

Buddocks are a home style meat bun made with a basic bread dough, stuffed with ground beef or pork, cabbage and onions. You can actually put whatever you got in them and experiment. I got this recipe from Jo’s family recipe book. If you know where the name ‘buddocks’ came from, please let me know.

The buns:

  • 1T quick rise yeast
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 7 cups all purpose flour

Start with the warm water in a large mixing bowl and add sugar. Stir briefly, then add the quick rise yeast. Stir it in and let stand for about 15 minutes while the yeast activates. 

Add salt, eggs, butter and flour. Combine until smooth and let stand for 1 hour to rise. Now let’s start our filling.

The cabbage roll filling:

  • 300g sour cabbage, rinsed and minced
  • ½ lb each of ground beef and pork, combined
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • S&P

In this recipe, I’m using sour cabbage. I got this idea from the cabbage roll video back in 2010. It adds a lot of flavour to the filling. Be sure before you use it to rinse well in cold water to get rid of the excess brine. After that, shred the cabbage and set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, brown the ground beef until it starts to change colour then add onion. Cook for a couple minutes more, season with salt and pepper then add the cabbage and tomato. Mix well to combine, cover and cook on medium to wilt the cabbage and break down the tomatoes. When the filling is done, give it a final taste and season again. Remove from heat, set aside and let cool. 

At this point, your dough will be at least twice its size. Cut into 2 and roll your dough into a sheet to about the thickness of a chopstick. Cut them into palm-sized squares and get ready to assemble. 

Put a square of dough in your palm and scoop in some filling in the center of the square. Fold the corners into the center and pinch the edges to seal. Fold in the remaining corners and twist. Once you get a few dozen of these made, you’ll have the technique down.


Pop your buns onto a baking sheet and bake on 350F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Once they are finished, set aside to cool since the fillings will be molten hot, especially if you’re using a filling with cheese. 


Speaking of fillings, you can let your imagination go wild and put whatever you want; leftover curry, adobo, pulled pork… Be creative and have fun in the kitchen. Enjoy!

5 Responses to Buddocks – Home Style Meat Buns Recipe

  1. Linh says:

    I was wondering, how many buns does this produce? Also, what did you put inside the pizza one?

  2. tanya says:

    If we wanted to make half of these buns..can we halve the recipe as it is?
    Thanks in advance

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