Sunday, February 21, 2021

BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon + Video

Oven baked beans are made with brown sugar, molasses, and pork for a delicious, smoky flavor. Make this recipe as a quick and easy side dish.

BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon scooped with a spoon
This family favorite only needs about 10 minutes of prep and uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand!
Serve baked beans with bacon alongside some Smoked Chicken Quarters, which are tender and juicy with crispy, seasoned skin on the outside.
Looking for more delicious sides? Try my Southern Style Potato Salad or Simple Cole Slaw, both of which are perfect for any comfort food meal or backyard cookout.
baked beans with bacon ingredients

How To Make Oven Baked Beans

First, cook the onion and pork on the stove until softened and starting to brown. Whisk in the sauce ingredients, then bring everything to a boil before removing from heat.
Combine the mixture with the canned vegetables in a baking dish, then top with additional bacon pieces. Bake for about an hour, or until the meat on top is crisp and the sauce is thickened.
bacon in a pan


Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
  • Use cold bacon. It will hold its shape better straight out of the fridge, making it easier to cut into uniform pieces.
  • Want to use dried legumes? Simply prepare them ahead of time and substitute 1 ½ cups cooked for each can.
  • Add some heat. A few dashes of hot sauce or some chopped jalapeno peppers is a great way to make oven baked beans a little spicier. 
  • Don’t have molasses? Replace it with maple syrup and use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar.
  • Vegetarian alternative: If you need to leave out the meat, I recommend fully caramelizing the onions to get as much extra flavor as you can. 

bbq baked beans sauce in a skillet

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • 9x13 Baking Dish - This set is one of my favorites! The 9x13 is perfect for casseroles and the smaller size is awesome for making halved portions.
  • Kitchen Shears - Makes meal prep a breeze, and you can cut your food right over the pan!
  • Mesh Colander - Drain and rinse your canned goods quickly and easily.
bbq baked beans sauce in a pot

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I freeze leftover baked beans with bacon? 
Yes, you can! Allow the dish to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a sealed container or freezer-safe storage bag.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven or on the stove until warmed through.

For easier reheating, bake this recipe in a disposable foil pan instead of a casserole dish. You’ll be able to freeze, thaw, and reheat without using any additional containers!

baked beans with bacon on top

Can I make bbq baked beans in the crockpot? 
They will take longer to cook, about 3-4 hours on High or 6-7 hours on Low. You will also need to cook the bacon completely first or it will have an unpleasant texture.

I suggest sauteing the onion by itself for a few extra minutes before adding it to the legumes, then use the same pan for the meat. Let it crisp completely before draining, and stir it in during the last hour or so.


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baked beans with bacon in a casserole dish

Video: Baked Beans With Bacon

To see us cook this recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Yield: 18-24
Author: Donna Elick
BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon

BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon

Oven baked beans are made with brown sugar, molasses, and pork for a delicious, smoky flavor. Make this recipe as a quick and easy side dish.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M


  • 2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans Cantellini beans (or Northern), drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon, uncooked (divided)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour rinsed and drained beans into a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Reserve enough bacon to cover the top of your baking dish (I used 5 slices). Using kitchen shears, cut the remaining bacon into bite size pieces.
  4. Add cut bacon pieces and onions to a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Cook until bacon is par cooked, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, mustard and pepper. Whisk to combine. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour the sauce over the beans and gently stir to combine. Cut reserved bacon into bite sized pieces and place on top of bean mixture.
  7. Bake beans in a preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until sauce is thickened and bacon is cooked through.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
  1. You may precook your own dried beans and substitute each can with 1 1/2 cups precooked beans.

BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon in a casserole dish

Originally published June 2014, updated and republished February 2021

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  1. Hi Donna, I discovered your blog about 3 months ago and WOW, am I glad I did!!

    I enjoy your stories and your recipes!! I have a Pinterest board set up to save your recipes to. I've pinned every one of these. Awesome!! Thank you for your time, your stories and your great recipes!

  2. I have not used this as I hardly consider a recipe "Best Ever" when it calls for 1 can of this and 1 can of that and 1 can of something else.
    How about a real "start from scratch" baked beans recipe?

    1. Ross, thank you for stopping by. All varieties of beans have different cook times. We have a fabulous crockpot recipe for smokehouse beans. But absolutely feel free to pre cook all of the beans and substitute 1 1/2 cups cooked beans for each can. Enjoy!

      Here is the smokehouse beans recipe:

    2. Looks so yummy. I will definitely try. Husband loves baked beans.

  3. Could you make these in a crockpot?/ I hate using my oven in the hot weather.

    1. The beans would do well in the crockpot, but the bacon wouldn't unless you cook it first. Soft bacon would ruin the dish.

  4. Could you make these in the crockpot? I hate using the oven in hot weather.

    1. When I've made baked beans in a slow cooker it takes longer 4 hrs on high then 8 hrs on low. This gives your whole house a great aroma to wake up to!

  5. I think you could use a crockpot, but I like the possibility of doing a run under the broiler to crisp up the bacon on top?

  6. Hello, I followed recipe to a tee did not saute bacon, after baking the cannaNellie beans were not soft and bacon was greasy and undone. I took scissors and cut fat from bacon. The beans are edible but not great

  7. I made this tonight for a side dish with dinner and it was delicious. I read other reviews and cooked the bacon for the top before baking. I would definitely make this again (for a crowd). Thank you

  8. It’s cannellini beans, and Great Northern.


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