The BEST Baked Beans

These are the BEST Baked Beans! Brown sugar and bacon make this baked beans recipe extra delicious. 

It’s my belief that everyone should have in their arsenal an awesome dish that’s perfect for potlucks – Something that’s easy to prepare, feeds a crowd, and is suitable for picky eaters. For me, this is that dish. Baked beans that are simmered in a rich sauce of bacon, onions, cider vinegar, mustard and brown sugar.

It’s not a secret family recipe – So unlike the Bush’s Baked Beans commercials, I don’t have to worry about Sammie telling you all my secrets (she can’t talk anyways) – I’m happy to share the recipe with you!

This dish is really, really simple. The hardest part is slicing the onions. I make Rick do that part…

Three onions, four cans of beans, five strips of bacon, and some seasonings that are simmered stovetop and then left to bake for an hour. Told you – Easy!

Bring this to any summer barbeque and remember to bring the recipe along, because your family and friends are going to ask for it…

PS – Beans don’t photograph well… At all. I almost didn’t post this recipe because it’s just not the prettiest of food-gawkable pictures. But, hey. I told myself: “Erin – Your ego is not always your amigo.” – And I decided to post it anyways. I had to share it with you guys – It’s just that good.  A ‘lil ugly, but good. Promise!

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The BEST Baked Beans

The BEST Baked Beans! Simmered in a rich, hearty sauce seasoned with bacon, vinegar and brown sugar. The ultimate side dish to bring to a potluck or BBQ.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 3 medium onions (thinly sliced)
  • 5 strips bacon (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 15-ounce cans butter beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 15-ounce cans pork and beans
  • 1 16-ounce can kidney beans (rinsed and drained)


  • In a large pot, sauté the onions and bacon until the onions are softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Stir the beans into the sauce mixture and pour into a 3 quart baking dish. Cover with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
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Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 89mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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6 thoughts on “The BEST Baked Beans”

  1. Sometimes I really wish I could eat beans because I really do like them!! Sadly, they don’t REALLY agree with me at all. Ha! I especially love those black eyed peas – which I guess, are peas? LOL

  2. Just had to drop by to say these are still bomb in 2021! Thanks for the recipe! Now I can TRY to show up my sister, who usually makes the BEST baked beans (and really all food in general haha)


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