Our BBQ Baked Beans deliver deliciously unique flavors sure to please your crew. These are NOT your typical baked beans, folks!

BBQ Baked Beans in a bowl

BBQ Baked Beans  show’d up when I thought I couldn’t come up with anything new to do to baked beans. I threw myself a curve! These BBQ Baked Beans combine an amazing plethora of flavor layers. From fresh thyme to Creole mustard, and molasses to strong brewed coffee, this baked beans recipe is off the charts! Another great thing about this recipe is that it includes dried navy beans, so these really are homemade baked beans. Now, this is how to make bbq beans from baked beans.

How to Make BBQ Baked Beans

To make BBQ Baked Beans preheat oven, then use a cast iron Dutch oven if you have one, cook the bacon until crispy. Add onion/ caramelize. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook about 1 minute.

Next add all the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, cover and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 2 hours undisturbed. Then stir the beans again and continue to cook until tender, approx. an hour.

Uncover and continue to bake until Liquid Smoke has thickened to a sauce-like consistency – about 1-1 ½ hours. Don’t let’ em get mushy! Then, add salt, pepper, or hot sauce to your liking!

The BBQ baked beans pioneer woman pens uses canned beans but I’m going with dried beans here.

Are These Similar to Southern Baked Beans?

Southern baked beans are a simplified version of BBQ Baked Beans and are basically how to make bbq beans from canned beans recipe. They’ve derive the same smoky flavor from Liquid Smoke, and then sweetened with molasses. The difference is that southern baked beans have Worcestershire sauce, and you’re not going to get a coffee buzz from them! If you just serve up BBQ baked beans canned, you’ll miss out on all the fun flavors.

How Do These Differ from Crockpot Baked Beans?

Our Crockpot Baked Beans are also thick, hearty, and delicious, and call for dried navy beans. They differ in that you use dry mustard instead of Creole mustard and Crockpot Baked Beans have ketchup.

Can You Make Baked Beans from Scratch Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! If you want the rich flavor that slow-cooking in the Dutch oven gives our Baked Beans from scratch, but don’t have time for that process the day you want to serve them, just follow the recipe, let them cool, and transfer to a (large) airtight container to put in the fridge.

How Do You Freeze Homemade Baked Beans?

The same method goes for freezing as refrigerating for any baked beans ahead of time. Just make sure the container is airtight, and you can leave homemade baked beans in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What Do You Serve with Baked Beans with Bacon?

Ooohhh! This is the fun part! If you’re already making such a down-home, Southern dish as Baked Beans with bacon recipe, you might as well do it up! For instance, serving with my Pioneer Woman Mac and Cheese would be an excellent pairing! Add our Stuffed Pork Chops, and there would too much Southern-ness to know what to do with!

BBQ Baked Beans in a bowl

What I Love Most About This BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

What’s not to love about this BBQ Baked Beans Recipe? It’s the crazy explosion of flavors in your mouth, the fact that they slow cook in a Dutch oven and make your house smell delightful.

Variations of Yummy Easy Baked Beans

There are so many ways to play around with any easy baked beans recipe. There are common elements throughout the baked beans world. For instance, you see molasses or brown sugar a lot for sweetening, but you could replace either of those with honey, or even stevia or an artificial sweetener, if that’s your thing. Other common ingredients are bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce. You could make bbq baked beans Heinz instead. Any kind of mustard could be used, from Dijon to just plain yellow mustard. The baked bean world is your oyster!

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

My Crockpot Baked Beans are so thick, hearty, meaty, and delish! The best part about this bbq baked beans slow cooker recipe is that it’s super easy. You soak the navy beans the night before, then throw everything in the crockpot before you head out to face the day – voila slow cooker baked beans!

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

Making bbq baked beans with ground beef is one of the best concoctions ever! Pork and beans will never die, but beef and beans mmmmm? And, then pork, beef, and beans? Now, we’re talking!

Recipe Notes for Baked Beans:

Watch for Rocks: I want to mention this because of personal experience. I rarely find rocks when I rinse dry beans. Occasionally, I’ll find tiny little clods of mud or some dirt. Rocks, however, have been few and far between. Just sayin’ Try this prep method…

BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

BBQ baked beans make me happy, as they make me think of family and friends. Here’s hoping this wonderfully easy bbq baked beans recipe elicits some oohs and ahhs from your peeps.

BBQ Baked Beans in a bowl
5 from 1 vote

BBQ Baked Beans

Our BBQ Baked Beans deliver deliciously unique flavors sure to please your crew. These are NOT your typical baked beans, folks!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 448 kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 6 Slices Bacon Diced
  • 1 Large Onion Chopped
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Garlic Minced
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 16 Ounces Dried Navy Beans Rinsed and Checked For Rocks
  • 1 Cup Strong Brewed Coffee
  • 1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar Packed
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Creole Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses
  • 1/4 Teaspoon or More to Taste Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 8 Cups Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke


  1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a heavy cast iron dutch oven, with a tight-fitting lid, cook the diced bacon until it's crispy. About 4-6 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it lightly caramelizes, 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and thyme and cook for about 1 minute.  Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover the dutch oven with lid and place in preheated oven.  Bake for 2 hours undisturbed.
  3. Stir the beans well and continue to cook, covered, until the beans are tender about 1 hour.
  4. When the beans are tender, remove the cover and continue to bake until liquid has thickened to a sauce-like consistency.  Probably about 1-1 1/2 hours.  Do not overcook or they will be a mushy mess.  Check to season and add more salt, black pepper or hot sauce to your liking.  Remove thyme stems and serve. Oh YUM!

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
BBQ Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 /6 of the recipe)
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1240mg 52%
Potassium 1115mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 19g 76%
Sugars 23g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 4.4%
Calcium 15.9%
Iron 27.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More Beans Recipes…

Crockpot Baked Beans– Our crockpot baked beans are thick, meaty and delicious! These beans are the perfect compliment to your dinner table, potluck, or BBQ all year round!

Hoppin John Recipe – Break out a batch of our sassy bacon infused Hoppin John Recipe. The “Cajun holy trinity” ramps up the flavor, with an assist from the black eyed peas!

Easy Baked Beans – With three sweet ingredients and some savory bacon, you’ll have the whole world in your hands when you serve up a batch of my Easy Baked Beans!

Source: Emril Lagasse