The Best Ever Baked Beans Recipe

While my slow cooker beans recipe uses dry beans (so, like, the entire recipe is from scratch), I actually used canned baked beans in this one and I LOVE them. Since making this, I’ve become quite the baked bean snob over here. I’ve tried many different brands and varieties but for this particular recipe, I always come back to the Bush’s Grillin’ Beans. Specially, we love the southern pit bbq or the bourbon bacon flavor. They are so good in this recipe!

That being said, you can use whatever can of baked beans you can find. Just throwing out my random recommendations in case you want them.

Families Recipe Saucy and smoky baked beans


I find that this recipe yields a thicker, more syrupy baked bean, in a really good way if that makes sense. Don’t let it scare you off! They are not overly sweet, but they are obviously still sweet.

However, there is enough dijon, smoked paprika and chipotle in here that it’s no overwhelmingly sweet.


I have adapted this over the years from Ree’s recipe. Her’s are absolutely amazing, they just make a ton of baked beans! And even when we have a party or I take the beans somewhere, I don’t need that many. Lots of people in my family have an aversion to baked beans – hey, even I had one up until the last decade!

My mom still puts cut up hot dogs in her baked beans and I just… cannot. I mean, I love a good hot dog. We ate hot dogs this past weekend; felt like summer. I just don’t want them cut up in my baked beans!

P.S. if any of you have been around long enough, do you remember when I discovered my obsession with baked beans and loved putting them on top of poached or fried eggs, on toast? That was SO GOOD. Def doing it again.


This makes a “nice” sized amount, even if I just make them for our family. We eat, save a bit for leftovers and freeze the rest if I don’t give it away. It’s perfect!

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Saucy and Smoky Baked Beans

baked beans recipe easy
  • Author: Alexandra Catalano


  • 5 cans of pork and beans (15 ounce cans – VanCamps’s Pork and Beans or similar)
  • 2 medium or 1 large onion, chopped (yellow or sweet onion, not vidalia) 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter (for sauteing onions)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar (use less for less sweetness)
  • 6  to 8 slices uncooked bacon, each cut in half or thirds


Preheat oven to 325 degrees f.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Saute onions over medium to medium-high heat in butter until onions are tender and translucent. 

Mix beans, sauteed onions, ketchup, mustard, molasses and brown sugar until blended well. Pour in prepared baking dish. Top with uncooked bacon in single layer. Bake on middle rack of oven uncovered for 2-3 hours. Beans are ready when the top is dark and caramelized. Serve warm. Enjoy! 


These can also be thrown together and cooked in the slow cooker set on low for 6 to 8 hours as well. It won’t get that nice caramelize top, but it will still be delicious if you’re in a pinch for time. Be sure to saute onions and pre-cook the bacon. 

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