The Best Baked Beans

These truly are the best baked beans.  They are one of my most requested recipes at our neighborhood potlucks!

These truly are the BEST Baked beans. They are requested at every BBQ we have!

This baked bean recipe came from my husband’s Aunt Dawn and has been a family favorite for decades!  If you have a BBQ potluck planned for the holiday weekend this is the perfect thing to make!

The recipe calls for baking it with the lid off . I like to bake it with the lid on. The beans don't get quite as thick with the lid on and I prefer them a little runnier.

What makes these baked beans so special?  A lot of things like brown sugar, bacon, onion, and ketchup.

The Best Baked beans ever!.

One of the tricks of wonderful baked beans is baking them for a long time.  These beans bake for 3 hours so be sure and plan ahead.  I use my nice heavy Le Creuset pan

This is what it looks like before it goes into the oven.  The green pepper on top gives even more great flavor.

The Best Baked Beans

And here it is when it comes out – 3 hours later.  Bake them slow!

The Best Baked Beans

The recipe calls for baking it with the lid off .  I like to bake it with the lid on.  The beans don’t get quite as thick with the lid on and I prefer them a little runnier.

The BEST baked beans..

Baked beans are a frequent menu item at our house during the summer – a great side dish for all those fun barbecues you  have during the summer.

This recipe was originally published in June of 2009.

Baked Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 2 large can pork and beans/baked beans (28 oz. cans)
  • ½ lb. chopped bacon (uncooked)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ bottle ketchup (24 oz.)
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1 green pepper, cut into rings
  1. Stir and combine first six ingredients
  2. Then place green pepper rings on top
  3. Bake 350 degrees for 3 hours uncovered (I cover)

These Baked Beans are one of my most requested potluck recipes. Everyone loves them and they always disappear!

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This is the same recipe I have and I LOVE it. I CRAVE it!!!! I love baked beans, but they have to be good. I was looking several pots of baked bean at at family reunion years ago and I was thinking “I wish some one would tell me which one over these is good”. Just then my husband’s cousin came up behind my and pointed to her baked beans and said “These are the best Baked Beans”. I asked for her recipe and it is the only one I ever make. I LOVE it!!!!

Could you clarify for me if it would be 24 oz of ketchup you would use or 1/2 of a 24 oz bottle. It looks wonderful and I would love to make these soon. Just to let you know I came upon your website a couple months ago and have been inspired since. Thank you so much for the effort you put into your site to inspire those of us you do not even know.

Mmm. These look delicious. This post reminds me that I was supposed to be soaking beans for dinner tonight…oops! For a $ saving tip, I make my baked beans in the slow cooker. They bake up beautifully and save quite a bit when compared with keeping the oven on for such a long time. For a twist, try adding some Chinese chili paste and fresh ginger to the recipe. It really takes the flavor to new heights.

I have never cooked them in a crockpot before but I would put them on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours probably. Just watch them and don’t let them get too thick.

So as soon as your raspberry-blueberry cobblers come out of the oven (in about five minutes, I’d say) the baked beans are going in–yay! All I have to do tomorrow before the picnic is decide what to wear, warm the beans and remember the whipped cream for the cobblers. The baked beans are very similar to my family’s recipe but going to be much better I’m sure.

Leigh Ann, do you use 2 cans of each bean, pork and beans and bakeded beans, or either or.

Thanks trying this recipe this weekend

I have been making the same Baked Beans for years, EXCEPT I precook the bacon, onion and green pepper until they are carmelized. And then I add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce. Everyone loves them.