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Best Ever BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon

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This Southern BBQ Baked Beans recipe has been in our family for many years. It’s the perfect side for summer grilling.

I have been duly elected to make these Barbeque Baked Beans with bacon for as many years as I can remember. The recipe originally came from a family friend who used to bring it to our summer soiree’s back in the day. I think she found it in a magazine back in the late 1970’s.

What kind of beans are in BBQ Baked Beans?

I use three different kinds of beans in this baked bean recipe. Kidney beans which are slightly larger and it is fine to use either light or dark, whichever you prefer. We add Pork-n-beans which are the smallest of the three beans we use. Canned Baked beans are also included and these are flavored with sauce. I prefer Bush’s Baked Beans which can be found on Amazon. You will find my preferences linked to Amazon (affiliate)below under the recipe.

How Do You Make Barbeque Baked Beans?

Here’s how you mix and stir the ingredients for a piping hot dish of bbq beans. It is sort of a dump recipe which tells you this is going to be easy.

Use a nice big bowl and dump all of the beans in. Add in the BBQ sauce of your choosing. We like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBq sauce in our baked beans. Then add in the ground beef and stir.

The bacon goes in last after you pour the bean mixture into your baking dish. Use your stirring spoon to poke the bacon pieces down into the bean mixture. Having the bacon placed into the beans will give more flavor to this delicious combination of beans and barbeque sauce.

What kind of baking dish do you need for BBQ Beans?

This is a good question and there are several choices. If you have a crockery bean pot, it’s perfect and it’s pretty sitting on a buffet table too.

A rectangular glass baking dish will work but you may need to reduce the oven time to prevent the beans from drying out in a shallow dish. If you need to get a pan of baked bean done quicker, use this dish.

A deep round glass baking dish will work quite well. This is what I use most often when making this recipe for my family at home.

baked beans in a disposable aluminum pan

Looking to double the recipe and feed a crowd? Grab a disposable aluminum pan like these. I have done this many times.

BBQ Beans in a bean pot with bacon on top

When using my Bean Pot to make this recipe for BBQ Baked Beans, I use a little more bacon and leave a few piece on top. The top gets covered with foil which I remove the last few minutes of cooking to allow the bacon on top to crisp just a bit.

Because I have had this bean pot since 1978, I am very careful with the lid and never use it in the oven. I have taken BBQ Beans to a Pot Luck in this pot. Everyone loves dipping beans from a Bean Pot. I have added an Amazon link for the same bean pot under the recipe below.

Can I Add Other Ingredients Like Peppers and Onions to Baked Beans Barbeque?

Yes you can add other ingredients that your family may enjoy. Onions, peppers, garlic, cayenne, shredded pork butt are a few of the ingredients I have seen added. We like the recipe as is, but if your crew wants a hint of heat, toss in some chopped jalapenos! Don’t be afraid to add chopped onions if you like.

What Meals Do BBQ Baked Beans Go with?

Serve these Baked Beans with BBQ sauce and bacon as a side dish or as an entrée. If you have leftovers the next day, it’s a good lunch.

Grilled Burgers, Hot dogs, BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Wings, Pork Chops and any meat you are grilling will pair well with these beans. See our list of matching recipes below.

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Yield: 12

Best Ever BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

Baked beans in a big bowl with a red spoon lifting some up

A time tested family favorite Baked Beans recipe with ground beef and bacon and a hint of BBQ sauce flavor cooked in. A great summer side dish to go with BBQ, Ribs, Burgers, Hot dogs or any other grilled meat you make. Leftovers are delicious the next day.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained.
  • About 6 slices of bacon cut into thirds
  • 1 (28 oz.) can pork-n-beans, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Baked beans, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°

Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray.

Brown and drain the ground beef and set aside.

Stir the beans, sauce and cooked ground beef together in a bowl.

Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish.

Top with bacon and poke the bacon down into the beans.

Cover with foil and Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until piping hot through and bacon is done.

Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe can be made in a Bean pot but you may need to bake a little long because of the depth of the pot.

When using an oblong, shallow baking dish, cooking time will likely be less so keep a check on it in the oven to avoid having your beans dry out.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

6 oz

Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 46mgSodium 585mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 3gSugar 12gProtein 17g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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5 Comments

  1. I LOVE southern style baked beans. I don’t always buy the same brand either, but like you, it has to be a great brand that we all like. And they must be topped with bacon, right? I’ve never added kidney beans before and it sounds like a great addition. I’ve got to try your recipe the next time the family is over for dinner.

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