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Sweet, tangy, and outrageously delicious, these really are the BEST Baked Beans you’ll ever try! Made with smoky bacon and your favorite BBQ sauce, this irresistible one-pot recipe is prepared in just 15 minutes. Whether you’re hosting a cookout or making a weeknight meal, this family-favorite recipe is always a winner!
I don’t know about you all, but when summer arrives, we fire up the grill and get to cooking! To make things easy on myself, I usually prepare my main dish ahead of time. That way, I can focus on my sides, and these easy baked beans are my go-to side dish for any occasion.
What Makes Southern Baked Beans Special?
- Southern baked beans are truly something special! They bring together a delightful combination of sweetness, smokiness, and tanginess that will have your taste buds dancing. Slow-cooked to perfection, these beans become tender, creamy, and flavorful.
- Imagine the comforting sweetness of brown sugar, molasses, or maple syrup mingling with the smoky richness of bacon or smoked ham hocks. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, a tangy kick from mustard, apple cider vinegar, or Worcestershire sauce swoops in to balance out the flavors.
- It’s no wonder these beans have become a beloved tradition at Southern gatherings and barbecues. So, grab a plate, dig in, and let the flavors of the South take you on a tasty adventure!
Ingredients For This Recipe
- Cans Pork-n-Beans (12 oz) – plain, no additives or flavorings
- Your favorite BBQ sauce – I use Sweet Baby Ray’s
- Brown sugar
- Yellow mustard
- Worcestershire sauce
- Garlic powder
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Tips For Making The Best Baked Beans
- Once the beans are done, allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the flavors to meld together even further.
- Stir the beans occasionally during the baking process to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.
- Taste the beans for doneness, and adjust the seasonings if needed. The beans should be tender, and the sauce thick and rich.
Often Asked Questions With Answers
All you have to do is follow the instructions below, but instead of combining your ingredients in a Dutch Oven, you’ll want to combine them in a Crock Pot. Once all your ingredients are in the Crock Pot, turn the slow cooker setting to LOW and let the beans cook for 4-6 hours, or until you’ve achieved your desired consistency.
You can place them in an aluminum pan and cover them with foil, or if possible, keep them in the crock pot, plug it in, and set the temperature to warm.
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- 4 cans Pork-n-Beans (12 oz) – plain, no additives or flavorings
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ½ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 5 slices bacon – chopped (I used my precooked bacon but you can use uncooked just cut into small pieces)
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Drain beans but DO NOT rinse.
- Mix ketchup, BBQ sauce, sugar, honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder in the bottom of a medium size dutch oven or baking dish. Add beans and mix well.
- Layer bacon on top of beans. Cover with dutch oven lid or tin foil.
- Place beans and cook for 30. Remove covering and cook for an additional 30 minutes.