BBQ Baked Beans

BBQ baked beans are a favorite dish in the summer. Summer meant picnics growing up, and the familiar sweet and tangy barbecue beans were always a staple.

overhead view of BBQ baked beans and a spoon in a serving dish

These beans are made with canned beans. By using inexpensive canned beans means you can shave off a lot of cooking time because the beans are already done.

You can capture the wonderful smokey sweet goodness of these beans by using bacon, sauteed onions, and brown sugar. This combination will make beans that no one can refuse.

Barbeque baked beans are a favorite warm-weather dish. Growing up, summer meant the outdoors and picnics, and sweet and tangy baked beans were always a favorite.

These are not BBQ baked beans from scratch. Instead, these BBQ baked beans with bacon are made with canned beans. Using inexpensive canned beans means you can shave off a lot of cooking time because the beans are already done. There’s no need to spend all day cooking barbeque baked beans – this baked beans recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

You can capture the wonderful smoky-sweet goodness of these beans by using bacon, sautéed onions, and brown sugar. This combination will make beans that no one can refuse. 

I love these beans because they taste better than those you can order in many restaurants, they are easy to make, and you can make them ahead of time. These are the best BBQ baked beans that also taste great the next day.

Tips for Making Perfect Baked Beans

Using canned baked beans is my number one tip for making the best BBQ baked beans. You can have baked beans ready to eat in just about an hour, and they taste like homemade baked beans. You simply need to sauté the onions and bacon together, combine the remaining baked beans recipe ingredients, and put the mixture into the oven long enough to become piping hot.

How Do You Make Canned Beans Taste Better?

Canned beans come with a ready-made flavor base. Add a little help from a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Voila! – no one will know you began with a store-bought convenience item! This recipe kicks up the taste with bacon, onion, molasses, mustard, and brown sugar and gives you that homemade baked beans taste. 

Which Type of Beans to Use

Canned baked beans are mostly made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans. If you are making a large batch of beans, you could use a mix of canned beans if you wish. For example, kidney, pinto, or black beans would work well. 

How Long Do You Bake Beans in the Oven?

Place the covered pot in a 350-degree oven and bake for about 1 hour or until the beans are hot.

How to Make Slow Cooker Baked Beans

BBQ baked beans slow cooker style is especially useful for easier toting to and from tailgates and potlucks. For a larger crowd, double the recipe. Here’s what to do:

  1. Prepare the bacon and onion as directed.
  2. In a 4-5-quart slow cooker, combine the beans, mustard, brown sugar, and molasses. Stir in the bacon and onion.
  3. Cover and cook on a low-heat setting for 5-6 hours or a high-heat setting for 2½-3 hours.

What Goes With BBQ Baked Beans?

The sky is the limit here, but grilled food and summer treats should always be on hand when you have baked beans. For instance, roast chicken, broccoli and cheese, and homemade lemonade. Baked beans also go well with other summer side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, corn, and watermelon. Here are some other ways to use your baked beans.

  • Scramble some eggs with baked beans for a breakfast that will keep you full all morning.
  • Top cheesy jacket potatoes with baked beans.
  • Make savory muffins. Fill the muffin case halfway, then place a spoonful of baked beans into each muffin. Top with the rest of the mixture and bake as normal.
  • For something starchy, something meaty, or something veggie, click here.

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Canned pork and beans
  • Prepared yellow mustard
  • Brown sugar
  • Molasses
bbq baked beans ingredients

How to Make BBQ Baked Beans

These BBQ baked beans can be made in just about an hour.

  1. Sauté the onions and bacon until the bacon is cooked but not crispy and the onions are translucent.
  2. Drain cooked bacon and onions on a paper towel.
    cooked diced bacon and onions
  3. Place beans in a large oven-proof pot.
  4. Add onions, bacon, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and molasses. Stir to combine.
    ingredients for BBQ baked beans in a pot
  5. Place a lid on the pot.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

I love these because they taste better than those you can buy in many restaurants, they are easy to make, and you can make this dish ahead of time. These barbeque baked beans taste great the next day.

barbecue baked beans in a serving dish

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overhead view of BBQ baked beans and a spoon in a serving dish

BBQ Baked Beans

You don't need to spend all day making barbeque baked beans. It's easy to make with a few ingredients in your pantry.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Beans, Barbeque, BBQ Baked Beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 238kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces diced bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 56 ounces pork and beans (2 large cans)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized skillet, saute chopped onions and diced bacon until the bacon is cooked but is not crispy and the onions are translucent.
  • Drain cooked bacon and onions on a paper towel.
  • Place beans in a large oven-proof pot.
  • Add cooked onions and bacon, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and molasses. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Place a lid over the pot.
  • Place the pot in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour or until the beans are warmed.

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Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Morgana

    I like to add some really good quality artisan sausage and make this a complete meal. A side of cornbread, and it’s dinner. Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. Carrie garrett

    5 stars
    U can save even more money by using pork n beans. Cook onion and bacon. Add beans and bottled BBQ sauce.. awesome. And real quick

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