Southern Baked Beans

I had some friends over to eat last night, and I made these Southern Baked Beans as a side dish to go with Baby Back Ribs. There are several good ways to make baked beans, but this recipe is simple and uses canned beans. I made these in the crock pot because I knew my oven would be in use most of the day with the ribs, but these beans are equally as good made in the oven too.

Southern Baked Beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 (16 ounce) cans pork and beans
4 slices bacon, cooked and cut into pieces

In a medium skillet, saute the onion and green pepper in the olive oil until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, dry mustard, and vinegar. Pour beans into crock pot, add onions and peppers, then stir in barbecue sauce mixture and bacon. Cook on LOW for about 8 hours.

Oven directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pour ingredients into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish that has been prepared with cooking spray. Cook bacon only about half way done in advance, and top the beans with the bacon pieces. Bake for about 2 hours or until sauce has thickened.

Add the onions and peppers to the crock pot with the pork and beans.

Mix the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, dry mustard, and vinegar together.

Mix all ingredients in the crock pot, add the cover, and cook on LOW for about 8 hours.


  1. Yummy beans! My recipe is similar, with a few slight differences. I love the sauce to be thickened, but not dry. I have a friend who bakes hers until they are dry and cracking. I keep dropping subtle hints that she's over baking them. Wish & had some pork 'n beans in the pantry!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  2. Your beans look fantastic! And I love that you cooked these in the crock pot. I love my crock pot and don't use it nearly as often as I should.

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  3. I absolutely love baked beans! Your recipe sounds really yummy.

  4. I just pulled out my mother's old bean crock, I had it stored in the garage. I am going to make beans one of these days. Your look wonderful, but first I will follow mothers and see how I do. She made them every Saturday. Are the ribs the ones on your page? I am going to make those too. So please keep cooking, You are making me happy. We loved those chicken wings. Andi

  5. These sound really yummy, Anita! I love brown sugar in baked beans. I'll try the barbeque sauce next time. I like using the crockpot, too!!

  6. Looks delish. I love beans. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.


  7. These sound delicious. Thanks for sharing them. I noticed that you are a retired Arkansas school counselor. Good for you!

  8. Those are loaded baked beans alright! Blah to soaking beans overnight to soften up - just crack open a few cans and dump 'em into the crock pot with the rest of it.  ツ