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Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon

bbq baked beans with bacon

This is an old-fashioned canned bbq baked beans recipe that is also Southern-style. This is the exact same way my mom made her stovetop canned baked beans and I make it the same way. The only difference is, that sometimes I might use bacon fat instead of cooking the bacon.

Cooking baked beans on the stovetop is one of the first foods I started cooking. I can remember being as young as eight years old and making beans and hot dogs. We called them beanie weenie and you basically cut up hot dogs in the bbq beans. They were so good, and one of my favorite things to eat when I was a child, and I still eat them today.

These beans make for an awesome side to go with bbq. They’re amazing next to a grilled hamburger or hot dog with chips. If you want to make the best-baked beans ever, put some pit-smoked pulled pork in the beans. They’re so good and it’s a meal all in itself. My wife loves eating these beans with a bbq fatty.

What is a good bbq baked beans recipe?

A good bbq baked bean recipe includes a nice balance of sweet and savory.  You also want to include some sort of seasoning meat like bacon, pork fat, or smoked beef or pork.  Many bbq baked bean recipes include some type of sweeteners like molasses, brown sugar, sugar, mustard, and bbq sauce.

How do you make stovetop bbq baked beans?

I’ve always started making baked beans by rendering the bacon fat and stirring in the garlic.  I then put the beans in the pan and start building my flavors.  I always use onion, garlic, mustard, chili powder, and bbq sauce.  I then simmer on low for at least 1 1/2 hours.

The best bbq sauce for baked beans is a molasses or honey-based sauce.  The beans are then simmered on low on the stovetop or put onto the smoker and cooked over hickory wood until they’re nice and smoky.

bbq baked beans with bacon

Southern BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon

Delicious Southern-style bbq baked beans. Perfect for your next cook-out.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 4 cans of pork and beans
  • 8 strips sliced bacon chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 cup bbq sauce Sweet Baby Ray's
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook until most of the fat is rendered. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the garlic.
  • Add the onion, mustard, bbq sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper, and stir until all of the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Cover with a lid and simmer on low for 90 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the beans from sticking.


I like to use a smoky type bbq sauce with brown sugar.
Keyword bacon, bbq, beans, easy side dish

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