This is hands down the BEST bbq baked beans recipe! So full of delicious flavor and topped with everyone’s favorite…BACON!

These baked beans with BBQ sauce are made with canned beans, savory bacon, sauteed onions, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.

For the ultimate cookout or backyard party serve up your BBQ baked beans with other homestyle sides such as macaroni salad and ranch broccoli salad. Don’t forget dessert! We love these no-bake chocolate peanut bars but you can never go wrong with everyone’s favorite S’mores brownies!

BBQ baked beans in a casserole dish topped with bacon.

Why You’ll Love BBQ Baked Beans

  • Easy recipe! There’s little prep work involved and I can literally make this just before we’re leaving to head out the door.
  • BBQ baked beans are guaranteed to be the BEST dish on the table all summer long!
  • Great for serving a crowd! Serve it up for all your summer BBQ parties, cookouts, and potlucks.
  • A delicious side dish for all kinds of main dishes from burgers to chicken, and even ribs!
Ingredients to make bbq baked beans recipe on the table.

Ingredients

  • Bacon: The best part of baked beans is the BACON! Fry up your favorite or you can use a couple of packages of real bacon pieces (but I think it tastes best with freshly cooked bacon!).
  • Onion: Onion fried in bacon grease enhances the flavor of the baked bean casserole.
  • Beans: We use canned pork and beans for this recipe but you can also make it with other types of canned beans. 
  • Brown Sugar: Since brown sugar comes with a touch of molasses it adds a rich balanced sweetness to the beans.
  • Mustard: Just a little bit of mustard to balance out the sweetness and smoky flavors.
  • BBQ Sauce: Your BEST BBQ sauce goes SOOOOOO good with these baked beans! We used our favorite Sweet Baby Ray’s.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This salty and savory sauce blends so well with all the other flavors bringing them together.

Kitchen Tools

You will need a mixing bowl, measuring spoons, a mixing spoon, and a 9×13-inch baking dish.

A collage showing the different steps to make bbq baked beans from scratch.

How To Make BBQ Baked Beans From Scratch

  1. Cook. The chopped bacon and then remove from the pan. Add the onions to the remaining bacon grease and cook until tender. Combine the drained beans, bacon, and onions in a bowl.
  2. Measure. All the ingredients to season the beans.
  3. Add. The brown sugar, BBQ sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce to the beans, and onions.
  4. Mix. All the ingredients together until well blended.
  5. Bake: Pour the beans into a large baking dish and add the remaining bacon on top of the beans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a little brown and bubbly.

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Vegetarian baked beans. If you want to make these meatless simply leave out the bacon! You can cook the onions in a bit of oil instead of the bacon grease.
  • Slow cooker baked beans. To make baked beans in a slow cooker, follow the recipe as written but add them to the slow cooker instead of placing them in the oven. Cook them on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  • Cook the onions in the bacon fat. It adds so much flavor so don’t skip this step!
  • Used canned baked beans for more flavor! These are already cooked in some seasonings and sauce so they bring even more flavor than plain canned beans.
A spoon scooping some of the beans with bacon from the dish.

Recipe FAQ

What are the best beans for baked beans?

We like to make this super easy so we use a couple of cans of pork and beans. Typically baked beans are made with small white beans such as northern beans but you can use whatever you like! Save time and use canned beans or you can soak and cook beans from scratch.

Can I make BBQ baked beans ahead of time?

You sure can! These homemade baked beans are PERFECT to make the night before and reheat when you’re ready to serve.

Small ramekin of baked beans with bacon on the counter.

What To Serve With Baked Beans

A white spoon scooping some bacon baked beans from the dish.

Storing

  • Keep warm. When serving up for a group keep the beans warm in your crockpot. Transfer your cooked beans to your slow cooker and use the low or warm setting.
  • Store. Leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
  • Reheat. Baked beans in a saucepan or you can heat them in a baking dish in the oven until heated through. When using the oven method it’s a good idea to add more crispy bacon on top! If they seem a bit thick you can add some broth or water to thin out the sauce.
  • Freeze. For up to three months when stored in a freezer-safe container.

More sprinkles, please! Subscribe to my newsletter for weekly meal planning. Follow on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for fun behind the scenes, mom life, and the newest recipes!

Did you try this BBQ Baked Beans recipe?

Please rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I love hearing about your experience making it and it also helps anyone else making the recipe too!

BBQ baked beans are full of flavor and the perfect side for burgers and hot dogs but they also work great for cookouts and parties!
4.86 from 27 ratings
Leave a Review
Servings: 8 servings

The BEST BBQ Baked Beans

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
BBQ baked beans are full of flavor and the perfect side for burgers and hot dogs but they also work great for cookouts and parties!
Print Recipe Pin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cans Pork and Beans, 16 ounces each
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce, I use Sweet Baby Ray’s
  • cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and spray a large 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cut up bacon into small pieces and cook until very crispy. Remove from grease and add bacon to a large bowl, reserving ½ cup of bacon for topping.
  • Add onions and saute in bacon grease. Add onions to bowl with the bacon.
  • Open each can of beans and pour off all the standing liquid on the top of the can. Add beans to the large bowl.
  • Add the brown sugar, mustard, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper; stir well.
  • Pour into a large baking dish and add the remaining bacon on top of the beans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a little brown and bubbly.

Notes

  • Vegetarian baked beans. If you want to make these meatless simply leave out the bacon! You can cook the onions in a bit of oil instead of the bacon grease.
  • Slow cooker baked beans. To make baked beans in a slow cooker, follow the recipe as written but add them to the slow cooker instead of placing them in the oven. Cook them on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  • Cook the onions in the bacon fat. It adds so much flavor so don’t skip this step!
  • Used canned baked beans for more flavor! These are already cooked in some seasonings and sauce so they bring even more flavor than plain canned beans.
  • Keep warm. When serving up for a group keep the beans warm in your crockpot. Transfer your cooked beans to your slow cooker and use the low or warm setting.
  • Store. Leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
  • Reheat. Baked beans in a saucepan or you can heat them in a baking dish in the oven until heated through. When using the oven method it’s a good idea to add more crispy bacon on top! If they seem a bit thick you can add some broth or water to thin out the sauce.
  • Freeze. For up to three months when stored in a freezer-safe container.
Calories: 474kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 1420mg, Potassium: 868mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 66IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 149mg, Iron: 4mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Author: Jennifer
Tried this recipe?Mention @deliciouslysprinkled on Instagram or tag #deliciouslysprinkled.

This blog post contains affiliate and/or referral links, which pay me a small commission for recommending my favorite products at no extra cost to you! Additionally, as an Amazon affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.