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The flavorful combination of BBQ sauce and brown sugar makes these baked beans a favorite side dish for any cookout or family meal.
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  1. Baked Beans Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Baked Beans Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This baked beans recipe gives you an easy way to make flavorful baked beans in the oven, using classic ingredients like BBQ sauce and bacon. The sweet and smoky flavor is so good, it’ll taste like they were made completely from scratch!

Wondering what goes well with this perfect side dish? We have you covered. These recipes for crockpot ranch pork chops and sloppy Joes are both so simple and make the perfect pair with this classic dish.

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Baked Beans Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 pound bacon, about 36 regular strips
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 (14 ounces each) cans pork and beans , or any can size that will give you 56 ounces
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BEANS: The question about what kind of beans to use in your easy, baked beans is totally up to you. I find that using Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans makes it super easy and provides great flavor, but you can use a different brand such as Heinz beans or something homemade if you prefer. Some people enjoy beans that have maple syrup added and those would work fine as well.

BBQ SAUCE: I tend to use Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce because it’s usually what I have on hand. But, you can use any brand that you like or even make a homemade BBQ sauce of your own. Another option would be to use chili sauce with dark brown sugar and forego the BBQ sauce altogether. If you like spicy beans, you can also use a spicier BBQ sauce.

ONIONS: The onions are totally optional in this baked bean recipe. I am aware that not everyone is a fan, so if that’s you, you can certainly leave the onions out on this one.

How To Make This Baked Beans Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F.

STEP TWO: In a large 12-inch frying pan, cook the bacon slices.

PRO TIP:

Bacon can be easily cooked in the oven. Line a pan with 2 layers of foil, lay the bacon on top of it, place in a cold oven, and turn the oven on to 400°F. For this recipe, cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes, just until the bacon is browning.

STEP THREE: Remove cooked bacon from the frying pan and chop it into small pieces. Set bacon pieces aside for now.

STEP FOUR: Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the frying pan and discard the rest of the grease. Cook the onion in the frying pan over medium-high heat until tender, about 5 minutes.

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STEP FIVE: Add in the ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and bacon to the frying pan and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. 

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STEP SIX: Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

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STEP SEVEN: Place the 4 cans of beans in the dish and remove ½ cup of the liquid that came out of the cans. Add in all the contents of the frying pan. Stir well to mix. 

STEP EIGHT: Place the lid or aluminum foil over the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. Remove cover after 45 minutes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

PRO TIP:

If you are making baked beans in the summer and want to keep the house from overheating when turning on the oven, you can also make your baked beans on the grill. Just place them on the grill next to whatever meat is cooking, and let them cook the whole time the meat is on.

STEP NINE: Let sit for 20 minutes before serving to give the sauce a chance to thicken a bit.

How To Serve

This recipe goes well with so many main dishes. Burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken are all great choices. Fried chicken or popcorn chicken are also classic options. Add macaroni salad or potato salad and dinner rolls with the best baked beans recipe and you have an amazing meal.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Storing baked beans in the fridge is as simple as placing them in an airtight container made of plastic or glass. The maximum shelf life for canned beans after opening them is about 3 to 4 days. This is the same for your baked beans.

IN THE FREEZER: Since baked beans are a great side for crowds, you may find yourself with more leftovers than you’d like. Baked beans can be frozen and saved for a later date. Make sure the beans are completely cooled, then place them in an airtight container in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.

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Nothing beats the hearty, delicious side dish of baked beans for a summer cookout, game day, family dinner, or the next potluck. This recipe offers an easy way to make homemade baked beans in the oven using classic ingredients. It’s a simple way to enhance a can of baked beans and add loads of flavor to a true favorite!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I cook baked beans in a slow cooker instead of the oven?

Making baked beans in the oven or the slow cooker is fine. Whichever option is your preferred way to cook them will produce a delicious side dish.

Can I freeze baked beans?

You can freeze baked beans. Let them cool completely and then freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

What is the best brand of canned beans for this recipe?

There really isn’t one brand that is better than the other. In this recipe, we use Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans but you could use whichever brand you prefer or can easily get at the grocery store.

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Baked Beans

4.94 from 15 votes
The flavorful combination of BBQ sauce and brown sugar makes these baked beans a favorite side dish for any cookout or family meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound bacon about 36 regular strips
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 4 cans pork and beans (14 ounces cans), or enough to give you 56 ounces
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large (12-inch) frying pan, cook bacon.
  • Remove cooked bacon from the frying pan and chop into small pieces. Set bacon aside for now. Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the frying pan and discard the rest of the grease.
  • Cook onion in the frying pan over medium-high heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and bacon to the frying pan and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the 4 cans of beans in the dish and remove ½ cup of the liquid that came out of the cans. Add in all the contents of the frying pan. Stir well to mix.
  • Place the lid or aluminum foil over the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove cover after 45 minutes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Let sit for 20 minutes before serving to give the sauce a chance to thicken a bit.

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Notes

  • Bacon can be easily cooked in the oven. Line a pan with 2 layers of foil, lay the bacon on top of it, place in a cold oven, and turn the oven on to 400°F. For this recipe, cook the bacon for 18 to 20 minutes, just until the bacon is browning.
  • If you are making baked beans in the summer and want to keep the house from overheating when turning on the oven, you can also make your baked beans on the grill. Just place them on the grill next to whatever meat is cooking, and let them cook the whole time the meat is on.

Nutrition

Calories: 758kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 2336mg | Potassium: 1463mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 7mg
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  1. Linda Jessop says

    5 stars
    I made these last night for dinner. They are absolutely the best beans I’ve had. We are having the rest today at dinner.

  2. Diane Kreiss says

    I make mine like that. The only difference is I also add 1 green bell pepper chopped up to the onion and cook them. Also instead of BBQ sauce I use molasses.

  3. Jackie Clonan says

    5 stars
    Perfect❣️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    Nothing worse than baked beans that are too wet. These were just the way we love them❣️Funny, I also use the same brands ——Bush’s & Baby Rays. Thanks, new fav❣️

  4. Martha says

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe! Everyone loved it and I will add it to my go to file! Thank you!!!
    One thing-instead of discarding the bacon grease, I pour it in ice cube trays, freeze and store in mason jars in my freezer to use for sautéing foods in the future. One cube is equal to about 1 tablespoon. Adds great flavor without the fuss!

  5. J. Bruno says

    5 stars
    Ho-lee cow!!! Made these for football watching, and this recipe was a huge hit! Everyone, literally everyone loved this dish.
    Love having a new recipe in the collection now! Cheers!!

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