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Baked Beans

These are my Best Baked Beans - my go-to recipe with bacon, brown sugar, and mustard - that I take to potlucks and whip up for summer barbecues.  The tender beans are a wonderful blend of sweet, smoky, and savory, and the perfect side dish for all your summer cookouts!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 1 pound bacon chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 60 ounces pork and beans 4 cans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven or smoker to 325 degrees F.
  • Chop bacon and fry in a large pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high by stirring with a wooden spoon until crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels using a slotted spoon, then remove all but about ¼ cup of the bacon drippings.
  • Add the onion and green pepper to the pan with the bacon grease and sauté over medium heat until they have softened and begin to caramelize, around 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook and stir for another 30 seconds.
  • Add beans, reserved bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and black pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then transfer the pan to the oven or smoker if using a large, oven safe cast iron skillet, or pour the beans into a large 9x13-inch pan first before placing in the oven or smoker.
  • Bake for 1-2 hours until the beans are hot and bubbly and have achieved the thickness you desire. Keep in mind that the beans will continue to thicken slightly as they cool.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1261mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg