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Barbeque Baked Beans

Barbeque Baked Beans


Who doesn’t love a good barbeque? The smoky aroma, the sizzling sounds, and the mouthwatering flavors make it a favorite culinary experience for many. And what better way to complement your barbeque feast than with some delicious barbeque baked beans? These beans are the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and tangy, making them a crowd-pleasing side dish that will have everyone coming back for more.

The Secret to Perfect Barbeque Baked Beans

What sets apart a mediocre batch of barbeque baked beans from an exceptional one? The answer lies in the balance of flavors and the cooking technique. The key is to infuse the beans with the rich smokiness of barbeque sauce while ensuring they retain their tender texture. By slow-cooking the beans with the right combination of ingredients, you’ll create a dish that is irresistible.

Choosing the Right Beans

When it comes to barbeque baked beans, not all beans are created equal. While you can use canned beans for convenience, opting for dried beans gives you more control over the final result. Soaking the beans overnight helps them cook evenly and absorb the flavors of the sauce. Whether you choose navy beans, pinto beans, or black beans, make sure they’re of high quality for the best taste.

The Perfect Barbeque Sauce

The barbeque sauce is the star of the show when it comes to barbeque baked beans. Its smoky, tangy, and slightly sweet flavors infuse the beans with that quintessential barbeque taste. You can use a store-bought sauce, but making your own allows you to customize the flavors to your liking. Experiment with different combinations of ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and spices to find the perfect balance.

Cooking Techniques

Now that you have your beans and barbeque sauce ready, it’s time to cook them to perfection. There are a few cooking techniques you can employ to achieve the desired texture and flavor.

Slow-Cooking on the Stovetop

One popular method is to slow-cook the beans on the stovetop. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully and gives the beans a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Simply combine the soaked beans, barbeque sauce, and other ingredients in a large pot and let them simmer on low heat for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally. The result will be a thick, hearty dish that pairs perfectly with grilled meats.

Baking in the Oven

If you prefer a slightly thicker and caramelized texture, baking the beans in the oven is the way to go. After combining the beans and sauce in an oven-safe dish, cover it with foil and bake at a low temperature for a few hours. Then, remove the foil and let the beans bake uncovered for additional time to allow the sauce to thicken and the flavors to intensify. The result will be a heavenly combination of soft beans and a sticky, rich sauce.


Barbeque baked beans are a staple at any barbeque gathering. With their irresistible flavors and comforting textures, they add a delicious touch to any meal. By choosing the right beans, crafting the perfect barbeque sauce, and using the right cooking techniques, you can create a batch of beans that will have everyone begging for the recipe. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and enjoy the sweet and smoky goodness of barbeque baked beans!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use canned beans instead of dried beans?

A: Yes, you can use canned beans for convenience. However, using dried beans allows for more control over the final result and gives the beans a better texture.

Q: How do I make my own barbeque sauce?

A: Making your own barbeque sauce is simple. Combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and spices in a saucepan and simmer until thickened. Adjust the flavors to your liking.

Q: Can I make barbeque baked beans in a slow cooker?

A: Absolutely! Simply combine the soaked beans, barbeque sauce, and other ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. The slow cooker will infuse the flavors into the beans perfectly.

Q: Can I freeze leftover barbeque baked beans?

A: Yes, you can freeze leftover barbeque baked beans. Allow them to cool completely, transfer them to an airtight container, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: How can I customize the flavors of barbeque baked beans?

A: You can customize the flavors by experimenting with different spices and additional ingredients such as bacon, onions, or jalapenos. Get creative and tailor the recipe to your taste preferences!

Q: Can I make vegetarian or vegan barbeque baked beans?

A: Absolutely! Simply omit any meat-based ingredients and use vegetable broth or water instead. You can also add extra vegetables for added flavor and texture.

Q: How long does it take to soak dried beans?

A: It is recommended to soak dried beans overnight, or for at least 6-8 hours, to ensure even cooking and optimal texture.

Q: Can I use different types of beans in barbeque baked beans?

A: Yes, you can use different types of beans such as navy beans, pinto beans, or black beans. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite!

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Barbeque Baked Beans

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper , finely diced
  • 1/2 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) of baked beans
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of homemade Neelys BBQ seasoning (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 1 cup of homemade Neelys BBQ sauce (see recipe below)
  • 3/4 cup of chopped pork or beef brisket
  • 1 1/2 cups of paprika
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 3/4 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Saute the red pepper, onion, and garlic until they become soft (around 2 minutes).
  • Add the baked beans and the rest of the ingredients to the Dutch oven.
  • Bring the mixture to a low simmer.
  • Cover the Dutch oven with a lid.
  • Place the Dutch oven in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Stir the ingredients until they are well mixed.
  • Transfer the mixture to an airtight container.
  • Store the container in a cool and dry place for up to 6 months.
  • In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Keyword American, Baked Beans, Dutch Oven, Easy, Easy Baking, Easy Side Dish Recipes, Meat, Pork, Side Dish, Southern Recipes
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