If you're looking for a tasty bean dish for a barbecue or party, this is an excellent choice. Or make it a main dish and serve the beans with cornbread for a fabulous lunch or dinner. And leftovers make a fabulous side dish for a big breakfast or brunch.
This is the only recipe for baked beans you need for a neighborhood barbecue or game day party. They're perfect for tailgating! Add pulled pork for sandwiches or hot dogs along with coleslaw and you have a hearty and delicious crowd-pleasing meal.
You will love the simplicity of the recipe; it takes just minutes to mix everything in the slow cooker, and you'll have a tasty, no-fuss dish in a few hours. Cook the bacon the night before and this dish will take about 5 minutes to prepare.
The pictured beans were made with the addition of onions and diced multi-colored bell peppers. Add extra bacon or some sauteed sausage or ground beef if you like meatier beans. See the tips and variations below the recipe for more ideas.
- 6 to 8 strips bacon, cut in 1/2- to 1-inch pieces
- 3 cans (16 ounces each) baked pork and beans
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 cup ketchup, or use part barbecue sauce
- Fry the bacon or bake it until crisp; drain well on paper towels.
- Combine the cooked and drained bacon with the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir to blend.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH for about 2 hours.
Tips and Variations
- With Onion: Add about 1/2 to 1 cup of diced raw onions to the dish. Or saute the onion in a skillet in about 1 tablespoon of vegetable over medium heat until browned. Add the onions to the beans.
- With Peppers: Add about 1/2 cup of green or red bell pepper to the beans or a combination of both.
- With Sausage: In a large skillet over medium heat, brown 1/2 to 1 pound of ground bulk sausage; drain well and then add to the beans.
- With Ground Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, saute 1 pound of ground beef until browned. Drain well and add to the beans.
- With Ham: Add 1 to 2 cups of diced cooked ham to the beans.
- Extra Spicy: Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, a few tablespoons of minced jalapeno peppers, and 1 teaspoon (or more) of crushed red pepper flakes.
- With Pineapple: Add two 8-ounce cans of pineapple tidbits (drained) to the beans along with 1/2 cup of bell peppers and 1 cup of onion. Use barbecue sauce instead of tomato ketchup.