Ultimate Barbecue Baked Beans

Rating: 5.00
By Dave
April 19, 2021

It’s easy to make really good barbecue baked beans from canned beans.

Ultimate Barbecue Baked Beans

5 from 1 vote
It's easy to make really good barbecue baked beans from canned beans.
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins


  • Dutch oven


  • 1 lb bacon (chopped)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 cans Great Northern beans (16 oz each), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Fry the chopped bacon in a dutch oven over medium heat until it has rendered some fat (about 4 mins). Add the onion and sauté until tender (about 5 mins). Add the beans, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, barbecue sauce, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir well and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cover the beans and bake until the sauce thickens (about two hours). Stir every 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for five minutes to thicken.
  • Stir well and serve.


Bake the beans in an oven rather than on a cooktop.  The beans have a sugar in them that will burn if heated on a traditional range.  The oven provides heat from all directions which helps minimized burning the beans.
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Serving: 8ozCalories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 8gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1211mgPotassium: 430mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 215IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
Calories: 338kcal
Cost: $6
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: baked beans

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