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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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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BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon + Video
- 32 ounce pinto beans, 2 16-ounce cans, drained and rinsed
- 32 ounce Cantellini beans (or Northern), 2 16-ounce cans, drained and rinsed
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Pour rinsed and drained beans into a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
- 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.
- Add cut bacon pieces and onions to a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Cook until bacon is par cooked, about 3 minutes.
- Add ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, mustard and pepper. Whisk to combine. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
- 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.
- Bake beans in a preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until sauce is thickened and bacon is cooked through.
- Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published June 2014, updated and republished February 2021
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