BBQ Baked Beans are cooked in the oven with brown sugar, molasses, and bacon, for a scrumptious, smoky flavor, and plenty of tangy barbecue sauce! Make this recipe for a quick and easy picnic or potluck 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.
BBQ Baked Beans Recipe Video
To see the process from start to finish, watch the video! It’s located in the recipe card, at the bottom of this post.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Bacon. It will hold its shape better straight out of the fridge, making it easier to cut into uniform pieces.
- Want to use dried beans? 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.
How To Make BBQ Baked Beans
- Cook the bacon and onion. First, cook the onion and pork on the stove until softened and starting to brown.
- Add the barbecue sauce. Whisk in the sauce ingredients, then bring everything to a boil before removing from heat.
- Add the canned beans. Combine the sauce and bacon mixture with the canned beans in a baking dish, then top with additional bacon pieces.
- Bake beans in the oven for about an hour, or until the meat on top is crisp and the sauce is thickened.
Oven Baked Beans Recipe FAQ
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 oven baked beans in a crockpot?
This baked beans recipe does work in a slow cooker, but they will take longer to cook, about 3-4 hours on High or 6-7 hours on Low.
However, you will need to cook the bacon completely first. Otherwise, it will have an unpleasant texture.
I recommend starting by sautéing the onion in a skillet for a few extra minutes before adding it to the crockpot. Then, use the same pan to cook the bacon. Let it crisp completely before draining the grease.
Lastly, I suggest waiting to stir the bacon into the crockpot until the last hour or so of cook time.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Easy Potluck Sides
BBQ Oven Baked Beans with Bacon + Video
- measuring cups for dry ingredients for brown sugar
- 32 ounces pinto beans, (canned), drained and rinsed
- 32 ounces cannellini or white kidney beans, (canned), drained and rinsed
- 16 ounces red kidney beans, (canned), drained and rinsed
- 1 pound thick cut bacon, divided
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses, preferably not blackstrap 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 diced 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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