Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans

The Best Crock-Pot Baked Beans recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
These baked beans are chock-full of bacon and beef, sweetened with molasses and then slowly cooked until thick and sweet. If you've been reading this blog for long at all, you might notice that I very rarely name anything "the best." There are many foods that we love and that we make over and over, but for something to be labeled the best, I feel like it needs to be a "wow" food. You might be thinking that these are just baked beans, how amazing can they be, right? Well, they are pretty darn amazing as it turns out.

Our friend, Tony, brought these beans to a barbecue at our house two years ago and they blew me away. These beans are so tasty, so full of meat, so sweet and hearty, I  might have "accidentally" tucked a container of Tony's leftovers deep into my fridge and then forgotten to give them to him at the end of the night. Later, I asked him if he'd please send me the recipe and lucky for all of us, he was happy to share it.

We have made these beans so many times since then, I couldn't possibly keep count. I've served them with Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken, Memphis Style Dry Ribs, Garlic and Paprika Rubbed Steaks, and just about any other main dish you can imagine. These baked beans are fantastic as a side dish, but honestly, I could happily just eat the beans on their own. This recipe really is outstanding. Thanks again, Tony!


The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Yield: 16 servings
(printable recipe)

1 pound ground beef, cooked, crumbled, and drained
1 pound bacon, cooked
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
(3) 14 ounce cans kidney beans
(3) 14 ounce cans white beans
(3) 14 ounce cans Pork & Beans
3 small onions, about 2 cups worth chopped 1/2" or smaller
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
3 tablespoons yellow mustard

Drain all the beans, except for one can of Pork & Beans. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and heat on HIGH for at least 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours. Enjoy!

The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

{originally published 5/20/14 - recipe notes and photos updated 7/14/16}

Here are some more side dish recipes you might like:
Balsamic Roasted Potato Salad by The Home Based Mom
Memphis Style Coleslaw by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Basil and Mint Melon Salad by The Noshery
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad by Cook Crave Inspire
Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Asian Coleslaw by Simply Recipes


20 comments:

  1. That type of endorsement from you is all I need, Mary! Can't wait to make these this summer!

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  2. Love baked beans at a bar b que. These are perfect for Memorial Day cookouts.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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  3. I don't know why I don't think to get my slow cooker out in the warmer weather, it's perfect for beans!

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  4. I've never made baked beans...but if I do, I know what recipe I'll be using! Sounds wonderful!

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  5. Went out the same day to buy 'stuff' to make these beans. This is a fabulous recipe! There are only 2 in my household, so I used only 1 can each of the called-for beans and then halved the other ingredients. I cooked on low for 6 hours (I think 5 would be fine; I'm going for that next time). This is a 'keeper'.

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    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the beans! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

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  6. Oh-ma-gosh.... I made these yesterday for a work function and they were AWESOME. MANY asked for the recipe! Just a warning all.. you need a BIG crock for this recipe. I had to remove some for transport. OH so sad that I have a few servings waiting for me in the fridge for leftovers-- hehehehe. I used peppered bacon, I used half raw and half sauteed onions and by accident I grabbed the spicy ketchup I had in the fridge but it didn't ruin it. I also added 3 minced gloves of garlic just because I roll that way. They were the absolute best I have ever made. Thank you!!

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  7. I cannot help but wonder if this will fit in my crockpot! Seems like a lot with all those tins. But oh, it does sound GOOD!

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  8. I also add a lb of Jimmy Dean sausage :) , only 3-4 cans of beans total, worcestershire & bbq sauce if I have it, and garlic powder :)

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  9. these are fantastic...made them today. thank you for the great recipe!

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  10. I made these for an office pot luck, HUGE hit.... thank you!

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  11. My family loved them!!

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  12. Two questions. Dark or light kidney beans? What type pork and beans do you recommend?

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    1. Either kidney bean will work fine, I tend to use light red kidney beans. I usually buy VanCamps Pork and Beans.

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  13. Don't really like cooking all that much but was asked to bring barbeque baked beans. Tried this recipe. Felt good that there was not much leftover to bring home! This recipe is a keeper.

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  14. I sort of made a 2/3 of the recipe and it fit just fine in a 6 quart crockpot

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  15. THESE ARE AWESOME,,,,BUT WE KILL OUR OWN HOGS SO I USED PEPPER BACON ENDS WE SMOKED AND SOME EXTRA LIQUID HICKORY SMOKE MY HOUSE SMELLED SO GOOD AND MY 7 YEAR OLD GRANDAUGHTER ( WHO IS NOT A BEAN PERSON ) ASKED FOR MORE

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  16. I have made these and added either a ring of Kielbasa sliced and/or a package of Little Smokies!! These are also great the next day on toasted hamburger buns...sort of a glorified sloppy joe!! I get rave reviews each and every time I make these and the slow cooker is always empty!!

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  17. Could these be made in the Instant Pot? And how would you do it?

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  18. These sound perfect for picnic! Love that you used your slow cooker - I need to do more in mine :)

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