Best Ever Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage

The Best Ever Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage is hearty enough to be a full meal or it can be served as a side dish.

Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage in a Dutch oven

Everyone simply loves baked beans. How can you upgrade baked beans? You can add two different types of sausage to the beans to give them more flavor, and you can turn these into a delicious meal.

What Types of Beans to Use

You can use whatever beans you have on hand. I love to add a variety of beans to this recipe because by layering flavors on top of each other, you get a wonderfully rich dish. For this recipe, I use red beans, pinto beans, and I also use canned baked beans as well. You could easily add canned white beans, black beans, or even Ranch style beans.

What makes this side dish taste like baked beans

This baked beans with smoked sausage recipe has a strong flavor influence from sweet and smoky beans. This recipe contains barbecue sauce, onions, mustard powder, and brown sugar. A touch of liquid smoke takes this dish over the edge. Two types of sausage are added. I have used a package of hot breakfast sausage, and 1 pound of smoked link sausage for extra flavor.

Can you cook this recipe in a crock pot

Yes, after you saute the onions and garlic, and cook the breakfast sausage, you can easily place the rest of the ingredients in your crockpot, and heat on low for about 4 hours. I do think this dish tastes better the 2nd day.

baked beans with smoked sausage in a pot

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Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage in a Dutch oven

Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage

This best-ever Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage is perfect for a potluck or large family gathering. 
4.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Beans and Smoked Sausage
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 452kcal


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound hot breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound smoked link sausage
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 14.5 ounces kidney beans
  • 29 ounces pinto beans
  • 14.5 onces baked beans


  • In a large pot, add vegetable oil and heat to medium heat. Add chopped white onion and saute for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on the onions.  Then add garlic, and saute until the onions are translucent.   
  • Remove onions and garlic from pan, and set aside. 
  • Saute breakfast sausage, and cook until no longer pink.   Drain grease. 
  • Add smoked sausage and allow it to brown, saute for two or three minutes.
  • Add barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard powder to the pot.  Add at beans and simmer on low for about 45 minutes before serving. 
  • These beans taste better the second day. 


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 881mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Dave Coultas

    4 stars
    In a large pot, add vegetable oil and heat to medium heat. Add chopped white onion and saute for about 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on the onions…… Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon OF WHAT????

  2. Hotmail password

    4 stars
    Very helpful recipe, Thank you for sharing. I love you

  3. momof171

    Hi Steph, I was wondering how I could make this a little lower in carbs ? I love my beans and Kielbasa Sausage but I was wondering if I could add low fat hamburger instead of the breakfast sausage ? Thanks in advance for a reply

  4. baltisraul

    5 stars
    Great bean pot. Try with all pork’n beans and see how you like it. Don’t drain the cans. You are so right about the 2nd day! Keep ’em coming, Steph.

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