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Best Baked Bean Recipes

Best Baked Bean Recipes

Top Rated Baked Bean Recipes

In this instance, slow cooker cooking really means slow. Plan for these pinto beans baked with brown sugar, bacon and more to cook for four hours. Courtesy of McCormick

Mira Walilko won the Bake-off for a hearty beef casserole made with chickpeas and biscuits.This recipe was the grand prize winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1963.Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.Every other winning recipe from the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

This baked bean recipe uses orange juice and maple syrup to add sweetness instead of refined sugars and forgoes ketchup in favor of plain diced tomatoes. These diabetic-friendly sugars don’t cause glucose spikes but still add the traditional sweetness that is synonymous with a good bowl of baked beans.

This non-traditional chili uses pulled pork instead of regular meat. It takes only 30 minutes to make and still brings the best flavors.

This is an oven method that is very popular in Italy, particularly in Tuscany. The beans are soaked overnight and then rinsed and placed in a pot or casserole for an easy and delicious dish.Click here to see The Basics of Cooking Beans and 3 Easy Recipes

This quick homestyle baked bean recipes is the perfect dish to wow your friends at your next backyard barbecue.Recipe courtesy of Danielle at Delightful Mom Food.

America’s Test Kitchen Baked Beans Recipe

One of the few ways to include a healthy diet in your lifestyle is by trying legumes, and baked beans is a great way to start it off. They come with a great combination of fiber and proteins, so if you want an easier way to find excellent vegetable content and low calories, here’s your chance. There has always been questions on how healthy baked beans are and maybe how often you can eat them. The truth is, baked beans are absolutely good for you, provided that you go for the right variety and also cook them properly.

Preparing these beans takes more than boiling because there’s a specific way you should prepare them in order to get nutrients of out your dish. Now here’s a nutshell: The process of making baked beans traditionally involves you baking them in tomato sauce, herbs, spices and to some extent additional foods like pork or potatoes.

Apart from the regular canned beans that you can find at the store, you can also make your baked beans at the comfort of your home. If you love being adventurous in the kitchen and would like to have yours home-made, you can try this America’s Test Kitchen baked beans recipe for a life changing cooking experience.

That’s right, these southern baked beans have won 4 competitions. And I’m not even talking about the office pot luck competition, we are talking about fun local bbq competitions. Back in the day before kids we used to love going to bbq competitions.

There were so many fun local ones and some huge ones. Finding our favorites was a job we took seriously. We started entering these beans into them a year before we moved and reality set in with full time careers and kids.

How do you make baked beans? You’d be surprised at how easy this recipe really is! They’re sweet, thick, rich, deeply flavored with molasses, a bit of salt from bacon and a hint of spice from the hot sauce. They’re everything and more that you could want from baked beans and I GUARANTEE these are going to be the hit of your barbecue.

  • 1 pound smoked brisket or bacon, cut into 1/4-inch slivers
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans
  • 3 cans (each 15 ounces) baked beans or pork and beans
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper or green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 to 6 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced (for hotter beans, leave the seeds in)
  • 2 cups sweet red barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

Step 1: If using bacon instead of brisket, place it in a large skillet over medium heat and fry until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Pour off all the bacon fat, saving a few tablespoons for the beans, if desired.

Step 2: Empty the cans of black and kidney beans into a colander and drain. Rinse the beans under cold running water and drain again. Place all the beans in a large nonreactive mixing bowl and add the onion, bell and poblano peppers, garlic, and jalapeños and stir to mix. Add the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard, liquid smoke, if using, and brisket or fried bacon and stir to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding more brown sugar and/or mustard as necessary, and salt and black pepper to taste the beans should be very flavorful. Transfer the bean mixture to the aluminum foil pan or pans. (If you used bacon, you can drizzle a few tablespoons bacon fat over the beans for extra flavor.)

Step 3: Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium-low. If using a gas grill, place all of the wood chips or chunks in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and run the grill on high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium-low. If using a charcoal grill, preheat it to medium-low, then toss all of the wood chips or chunks on the coals.

Step 4: When ready to cook, place the pan of beans in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat, and cover the grill. Cook the beans until they are thick and richly flavored, about 1 hour. If the beans start to dry out, cover them loosely with aluminum foil. Remove the beans from the grill and let them rest for 15 minutes, then serve.


  1. Soak dry navy beans in water for 8-12 hours.
  2. Cook for 1½ on the stovetop drain.
  3. Make the sauce with molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, hickory smoke flavoring, seasonings, water, and bacon and stir into beans.
  4. Bake in oven at 300°F for 2½-3 hours.


Hot and bubbly barbecue Baked beans are a classic picnic summer side dish recipe staple. I make these brown sugar molasses beans for summer holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and just about every other family party. I’ll also make a from-scratch batch when our family plans to grill out a lot of food for the week. Bring baked beans to a covered dish party in a dutch oven, crockpot or rice steamer and keep warm before serving.


  • NAVY BEANS: Dried navy beans are traditionally used in baked beans. Soak the beans for 8-12 hours or overnight in water.
  • BACON: Use thick bacon and cook it until just light in brown color. Add bacon grease to the beans for extra flavor that will naturally thicken the sauce.
  • BROWN SUGAR: Sweetens the sauce. A savory-sweet flavor that adds a brownish reddish color baked into white beans with a sweet tangy sauce flavor.
  • MOLASSES: The most important flavor in baked beans. Molasses adds a rich sweetness to the beans and thickens the sauce. No corn syrup is used in this recipe.
  • MAPLE SYRUP: Traditionally made with maple syrup in the United States, maple syrup is used in combination with brown sugar and molasses.
  • KETCHUP: A small amount of tomato flavor deepens the sauce flavor.
  • HICKORY LIQUID SMOKE: The secret ingredient to creating a smoky flavor without all the work of a bbq grill. You’ll find this flavor in Bush’s Baked Beans, too.
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Cuts through the sweetness and rounds the flavor with a tangy taste.
  • SEASONING: Mustard powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic flavor well with the sweet sauce.

Baked Beans Questions & Tips

What kind of beans should I buy to make baked beans? Dried navy beans. You’ll find these in a small package next to other dried bean varieties.

How do I know when the beans are done? Beans are done cooking when they are soft to eat, but not mushy.

The beans are not done cooking and it needs more liquid. Simply stir in 1/4-1/2 cup cooked bean water or fresh water into the mixture and continue baking.

Can I make vegetarian baked beans? Yes. Simply omit the bacon and bacon grease. No need to substitute it with anything else.

How can I keep the beans warm if bringing to a party? Bring baked beans to a covered dish party in a crockpot or rice steamer to keep warm before serving. Add a little water to the dish and keep it on warm or simply bring in a covered dish.

Serving homemade Baked Beans with other sides and appetizers like this Classic Cornbread recipe is a must!

Other favorites that go well with baked beans include roasted vegetables like this Crack Broccoli or Best Ever Brussels Sprouts with ranch. For a tasty side dish, serve with Broccoli Salad, Mashed Potatoes, or a cold and creamy Baked Potato Salad.

For a quick and easy dessert to make, I like this Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad and this Strawberry Pretzel Salad, and Cherry Pie Salad.

Can I Cook “Baked” Beans in the Slow Cooker?

Yes. While the traditional method cooking “baked” beans is to bake them in the oven, which is the method we present here, you can also make them in a crock pot. The sauce may be thinner at the end of the cooking time in which case remove the lid towards the end of the cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.

SLOW COOKER METHOD: Follow steps 1 and 2 in the recipe and then pour everything into the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours or until the beans are tender. Open the lid for the last 30 minutes or longer until the sauce has thickened. If the beans are too thick at any point and too much liquid has evaporated, stir in a little extra water.

What are Boston Baked Beans?

You may know that Boston is also called “Bean Town” and it’s actually the result of a publicity stunt….not because they corner the bean market. BUT Boston Baked Beans did originate in Boston and are, basically, navy beans that are combined with onions, salt pork and a sweet, molasses based sauce. Stewed for hours, these beans are the OG of baked beans.

How to Make Canned Beans Better?

I am always looking for ways to make store-bought foods better. The is the best and easiest way to make canned baked beans better! We like to use Bush&rsquos Original Baked Beans. Adding bacon is a great way to instantly boost the flavor because let&rsquos be honest&hellipbacon makes just about everything better. The other ingredients added like the onion, brown sugar, mustard and garlic just help to deepen the flavors. Canned baked beans are very one note, they just taste like beans. But when you add all these other ingredients it turns into an explosion of flavor! Everyone will be begging you for the recipe when you should up to your next block party with these Easy Ultimate Baked Beans!

Best 5 Baked Bean Recipes

The unofficial end of summer has come and gone, but there’s still plenty of time for backyard parties and, more importantly, Sunday football gatherings around the big screen. Whether you're serving up burgers or dogs, don't forget hearty sides beyond potato chips. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s top five baked bean recipes — perfect on their own or on top of game-day classics.

5. Baked Beans With Swiss Chard - Green leafy Swiss chard adds color to this brightened-up version of baked beans from Food Network Magazine.

4. Infineon Raceway Baked Beans - Guy's not a huge fan of baked beans because they're so sweet, so he created this dish, which is a hybrid of chili and baked beans — so the beans will still have some texture and they won't be as sweet.

3. Baked Beans With Bacon and Red Onions - Rachael can jazz up baked beans a thousand ways, but here she uses store-bought baked beans with a homemade topping of red onions, bacon, brown sugar and black pepper.

2. Barbeque Baked Beans - The Neelys' beans are flavored with a barbecue seasoning mixture, a cup of homemade barbecue sauce and leftover smoked pork or beef.

1. Southern Baked Beans - For an easy barbecue classic, Paula dresses up canned pork and beans with maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard and, of course, bacon.

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees and spray a large 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cut up bacon into small pieces and cook until very crispy. Remove from grease and add bacon to a large bowl, reserving ½ cup of bacon for topping.
  3. Add onions and saute in bacon grease. Add onions to bowl with the bacon.
  4. Open each can of beans and pour off all the standing liquid on the top of the can. Add beans to the large bowl.
  5. Add the brown sugar, mustard, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper stir well.
  6. Pour into a large baking dish and add the remaining bacon on top of the beans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a little brown and bubbly.

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