The Country Cook: Crock Pot Baked Beans

Monday, May 20, 2013

Crock Pot Baked Beans

We are huge baked bean lovers in my family.  Whenever we grill out in the summer, we almost always have beans as a side. Now, I have a pretty fantastic (if I do say so myself) recipe for Southern Baked Beans. You can find that recipe HERE.  It is my favorite bean recipe to use. But I got quite a few emails from folks who like that recipe but wanted something that was a bit easier to make and maybe didn't involve so many ingredients. If you have the time, and don't mind turning on your oven, I really suggest that recipe. The flavor is amazing and the sauce cooks down slowly in the oven, really giving those beans outstanding taste. But I also understand keeping things easy and having a recipe that doesn't involve turning on the oven in the summer. So, this recipe was created. Just a few ingredients, and it is made in the crock pot!  That makes these beans perfect to take along to a BBQ but also doesn't heat up your house.

3 (28 oz.) cans pork and beans
1/2 cup diced onion
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
2 tbsp. yellow mustard
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
Note: The barbecue sauce is really adding the most flavor to these beans. So use one that you know you love. If you want a smokier tasting bean, then try using a hickory barbecue sauce. Also, for more molasses flavor (which I enjoy) try using a dark brown sugar. For this picture, I only had the light brown on hand.

Mix all ingredients (except for bacon) in a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
Mmm...barbecue sauce.

That little bit of mustard is nothing you can actually taste but provides a depth of flavor.

Give it all a good stir.
 Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours.
I do stir the beans gently a couple of times during cooking. 
Right before serving, stir in cooked bacon (if using).


  1. love all of your recipes

    1. Thank you so very much Cathy! That means a lot!

  2. Hi Brandie! The recipe looks yummy and sounds delicious! How can it not be, using Sweet Baby Ray's? Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  3. I love baked bean too. It is a good option if want to have an easy meal. Just some minced beef or pork and onions cook with baked bean, stir in one or two eggs. Serve with pasta or rice, it is so nice. Sometimes, I serve baked bean with fried eggs or omelet too, it also taste really good. :)

  4. Yum! I love baked beans, is my favorite side dish! =)

  5. I looooove baked beans, but I even love them more as this is a slow cooker recipe. Definitely trying!

  6. Yum! Yum! Yum! These sound wonderful. You know, having a hubby whose name is BEAN, I have to keep finding special recipes for them,=) and this one sounds like a real winner. Adding it to my 'to try' list...great summer dish!

  7. this is almost the same way I make mine! I saute the onion in a small amount of the bacon fat and I use the brand of beans that comes in the jar, they are a little less soupy and a little firmer. They are always a big hit at our church picnic or family bar-b-ques. We also bring a carved watermelon basket full of melon balls and asst. berries. Both dishes just fly off the serving table.

  8. Sounds delicious! I always have baked beans when we grill too! I'll be giving this one a try !

  9. Delish baked beans! My new go to recipe. Thanks!

  10. Hi! Can you tell me how many servings this is!!?

  11. Add a few dashs of liquid smoke to these . . . you'll like!!!!

  12. We are having a large crowd next Sunday-lots of do need to know how many this serves!

  13. can you drain one of the cans of beans for a more firmer baked bean dish ?

    Thank You in advance on this .



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