The Best Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

The Best Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

This Homemade Baked Beans recipe is a must-have for all of our BBQ places. This is such a simple and easy recipe that requires only five ingredients to cook in a crock pot. Everyone who has tried it agrees that this is the best baked bean recipe.

Perfect for barbecues and parties, this classic side dish takes just minutes to prepare. Just pour it into the slow cooker!

Does your family love BBQ?

My family loves grilling, which is a good thing for me because I love grilling food. I don’t always like it, but it’s my husband’s favorite, so we have it more often, which makes me like it even more. Now, when Lunas BBQ, we go all out. Burgers, hot dogs, steaks, fries, dips, salads, fruit, baked beans and more are always on offer.

Two recipes we’ve always had are my mom’s potato salad recipe (this is!) and my aunt George’s baked beans recipe. Everyone wishes these two items were there, and they always go away before you know it because they stink.

I must admit, I was never a huge fan of baked beans until I got this recipe. They are so good and go perfectly with an outdoor grill!

Simple version

I know some people make baked beans from scratch, but you know me – if there was an easy (and still delicious) way to make a recipe, this is how I do it! Our baked beans recipe uses canned beans and a few extra ingredients. You just put them all in a crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours. Then, for the last hour, you open the lid and let the beans thicken.

The type of beans used depends on the canned pork and beans you buy! The beans in pork and beans are usually some kind of navy beans. On the label, it may use any of the following names:

  • lentils
  • Pearl Lentils
  • Boston beans
  • white beans
  • pea

Substitute ingredients: You can replace or combine brown sugar with molasses, replace bacon with diced hot dogs or chunks of ham, swap ketchup for BBQ sauce, or add caramelized onions and bell peppers. You can even season it with chili flakes. Adapt to your taste!

in the oven

Arrange the ingredients in an oven-safe dish and cover with a baking sheet or aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

Leftovers are just as good!

To reheat leftovers: Heat beans in a microwave-safe dish for 90 seconds and stir. Heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until beans are hot. To reheat in the oven, place the beans in an oven-safe dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes or until desired temperature. The amount of beans will affect the cooking time.

Frozen Leftovers: Let the beans cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe container. Freeze up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Oh man, I love baked beans when we grill! ! I don’t know why this recipe is definitely my favorite, but it definitely beats any baked bean restaurant I’ve tried. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think. 🙂

For more delicious side dishes, check out:

Course Side Dishes

American food

Prep time 5 minutes

4 hours cooking time

Total time 4 hours 5 minutes

Serving Size 6

Calories 218 kcal

by Lil’ Luna

  • 2 30-ounce cans pork and beans
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 6 slices raw bacon chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • Mix all ingredients together and place in a crock pot. Cook on low heat for 5 hours.

  • For the last hour, remove the lid halfway and let it continue to cook. Covering the lid halfway will thicken it. Enjoy the warmth.

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