Best Ever Meaty Barbecue Baked Beans

In my family, no backyard barbecue or cookout would be complete without a helping of baked beans. Being from New England, baked beans are a year round staple. These best ever meaty barbecue baked beans start with your favorite canned baked beans and we doctor them up to a whole new level. Everyone is going to rave at this dish.

These Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans will be the hit of your backyard party or cookout this summer. Bring these to your next potluck - they are always a crowd favorite.

We call these beans Best Ever Meaty Barbecue Baked Beans for a reason. When I serve these at a party, there are never any leftovers. They are seriously that good. First, I brown some ground beef and bacon with some onions and diced bell peppers. If you wanted to substitute some chopped pork from a Smoked Pork Butt or some Barbecue Ribs, that would work great, too. I do often alter this recipe based on what ingredients I have on hand.

These Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans will be the hit of your backyard party or cookout this summer. Bring these to your next potluck - they are always a crowd favorite.

Next add some of your favorite spicy barbecue sauce, brown sugar, a little vinegar for some tanginess and mix well.

These Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans will be the hit of your backyard party or cookout this summer. Bring these to your next potluck - they are always a crowd favorite.

Finally, add your favorite baked beans and stir until well combined. Then transfer to a large 13 x 9-inch baking dish (or cast-iron skillet) and bake. A wide, shallow baking dish does better for this recipe than a taller one to allow more surface area for the bean broth to condense and thicken.

These Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans will be the hit of your backyard party or cookout this summer. Bring these to your next potluck - they are always a crowd favorite.
These Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans will be the hit of your backyard party or cookout this summer. Bring these to your next potluck – they are always a crowd favorite.

To determine how many cans you will need, I estimate that each can serves about 6 people. This recipe is easily doubled or halved.

Too hot for the oven? Try my Crock Pot Loaded Baked Beans.

Meaty Baked Beans 6 of 6

Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
These Best Ever Meaty BBQ Baked Beans will be the hit of your backyard party or cookout this summer. Bring these to your next potluck - they are always a crowd favorite.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course side
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 379 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 slices bacon , cut into quarter pieces
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion , diced small
  • 1/2 medium bell pepper , diced small
  • 3 cans baked beans (28 ounces each) baked beans, such as Green Giant brand [See Note 1]
  • 3/4 cup spicy barbecue sauce , such as Newman's Own
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard [See note 2]

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet or cast iron pan, fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add the ground beef, onions, and peppers to the bacon drippings and sauté until cooked through and tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add beans, bacon crumbles, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ground mustard, and vinegar. Stir completely and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper.
  • If using a cast iron pan, place the pan directly in the oven and bake until beans are bubbly and the sauce has thickened, about 2 hours. Otherwise, transfer beans to a large baking pan (13 x9-inch) and bake until the beans are hot and bubbly and the sauce has thickened. [See Note 3]
  • Refrigerate leftovers covered for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. For feeding a crowd, figure that one large (28 ounce) can feeds about 6 people. This recipe is easily doubled or halved.
  2. If you do not have ground dry mustard, substitute 2 tsp prepared yellow, spicy, or dijon mustard. If you prefer not to add mustard, you may omit it all together.
  3. These beans can also be made ahead and kept warm in the crock pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 21gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1129mgPotassium: 847mgFiber: 11gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 11mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 121mgFolate: 78µgIron: 5mgZinc: 5mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

7 thoughts on “Best Ever Meaty Barbecue Baked Beans”

  1. So glad I found this recipe!!! These beans are AMAZING, and always a hit at every cookout! Never have to worry about leftovers!

    Reply
  2. Hi, I just wante to tell you how much I loved this recipe. It was very practical and perfect for backyard BBQ for Mother’s day.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.