A cookout isn’t a cookout with a side of BBQ Baked Beans. These beans are super easy to make and they are sweet, spicy, and smoky. They are a must for the family and one of my favori summer cookout side dishes.
Baked beans are a family favorite summer side dish. In fact, it is one of those side dishes that I can’t NOT have. The way I feel about baked beans is the same way I feel about cranberry sauce around Thanksgiving, it’s important. Baked beans bring the entire plate together along with a side of Classic Potato Salad and Deviled Eggs served with burgers or hot dogs. The best part of this recipe is that’ll use canned beans and just add a few extra ingredients to make these beans delicious.
Ingredients in this Easy Baked Beans Recipe
There are recipes where you can make baked beans from scratch. However, if you are in a rush or just simply don’t feel like doing that, this recipe is simple and easy where you will use canned baked beans into a side dish that tastes like they’ve been cooking all day. Here are some of the ingredients you will use in this recipe:
Canned Baked Beans: You can use any preferred brand or flavor of baked beans that you want. Once you open the baked beans, you’ll add the rest of the ingredients to enhance the flavor.
Sauteed Onions and Garlic: You will cook medium onions and a few cloves of garlic. These ingredients will add freshness to the dish and a pop of flavor.
Light Brown Sugar: Brown sugar will give the beans some sweetness and deepen the flavor as well
BBQ Sauce: The smokiness from the barbecue sauce also makes the baked beans really delicious and smoky.
Smoked Paprika: Again, this is one of my favorite ingredients. I use smoked paprika on just about anything. You really can taste this smoky chipotle flavor on whatever dish you use the spice. If you really like the smoky flavor, you can add a dash of liquid smoke as well.
Bacon: Of course, you can’t miss with bacon. Bacon makes everything better. You can use whatever brand or flavor you want. You can keep a few slices whole or chop the bacon into small pieces. I’ve done both and they both work well.
Commonly Asked Questions
Yes. you can make this recipe in a slow cooker if you wish or an Instapot. It really depends on your preference.
Yes. You can cook the bacon in pieces or large pieces. You can cook the veggies in the bacon grease to give more flavor to the baked beans.
This recipe lays out very well how to elevate the flavor of canned baked beans. I also have a baked beans recipe using ground beef that gives amazing flavor as well.
You can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.
If you like recipes like this baked beans recipe, you may enjoy the ones below:
- Baked Beans with Ground Beef
- Pasta Picnic Salad
- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers
- Hawaiian Beef Hot Dogs
- How to Make a Hot Dog Bar