Barbecued Baked Beans

If you are searching for the perfect side dish for your Memorial Day cookout this weekend, look no further! If you’ve never made your own baked beans from scratch, you are really missing out. I promise you will never go back to canned baked beans again! Nothing says welcome to summer better than a big pot of simmering baked beans. They are a staple to every summer cookout and potluck at our house. These beans slowly simmer in the oven for several hours until they are plump, tender, and coated in a delicious sticky sauce. A really great tasting barbecue sauce is essential for making these beans, so make sure you use your favorite. While you are at it, you might as well make some Slow Roasted Pulled Pork to go right along side those beans. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the unofficial start of summer! 😀

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Barbecued Baked Beans

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces bacon, chopped fine
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ( 2 cups) dried small white beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 ½ teaspoons prepared brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mild molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until it’s beginning to crisp, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the beans, water, coffee, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard, molasses, Tabasco, and salt. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Cover and transfer to the oven. Bake, stirring every hour, until the beans are tender, about 4 hours.
  4. Remove the lid and continue to bake, uncovered, until the liquid has thickened to a syrupy consistency, 1 to 1 ½ hours longer. Season the beans with additional barbecue sauce, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste.

Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes

Source: The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

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12 Responses to Barbecued Baked Beans

  1. Have always wanted to make my own baked beans but didn´t know where to begin. Thanks for this, I will be making them soon!

  2. Interesting combination with coffee, molasses and barbecue sauce.

  3. Judy says:

    Yep, a pan of baked beans is a friend to any cookout or barbecue — love the strong black coffee and molasses — super good!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I just took another look at your pulled pork recipe and these two dishes together would make a great contribution to any Memorial Day barbecue.

  5. The Teenage Taste says:

    I love baked beans, but I’m always a little leery about the prepared kind that comes from a can. I don’t know why, considering I’m fine with using plain beans from a can but I guess it’s a good thing. Homemade is always better anyways! Love that you used bacon in these!

  6. I was thinking I needed to find a new baked beans recipe.. and here it is! I love the ingredients, it is just the sort of “barbecue” I expect in the flavoring of the beans!

  7. Cathi says:

    Don’t these beans need to be soaked overnight before actually baking them? The sauce sounds really good.

  8. B says:

    Could you possibly put it in a slow cooker? I hate the idea of my oven being on for 6 hrs in the warm weather!

  9. I love baked beans have always made them with pork and beans. This looks like a great recipe to try!

  10. Those look so rich! Homemade beans are definitely worth the time!

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