Honey Bacon Baked Beans

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Baked Beans Recipe – a tried and true homemade baked beans recipe created from multiple attempts and taste tests. I hope you will enjoy this baked beans recipe enough that your baked beans search ends here!

baked beans recipe with bacon and honey in skillets

Baked Beans RECIPE: A BBQ Must-Have

I don’t know about you, but I am a total sucker for BBQ parties, with the buffet of side dishes to go with the grilled meats. Add in these baked beans with bacon, honey and a bit of brown sugar, and I’m sold. Anytime we do ribs or grilled bbq chicken at the house or for holiday parties, these baked beans make an appearance. It is hard to turn them down. These baked beans are also easy to make from scratch. They’re sticky, salty and sweet and a perfect addition to your BBQ or picnic.

Baked Beans in two small skillets ready to serve

Homemade Baked Beans

A few years ago, I had a wild idea to make my own baked beans. I don’t know what gave me the motivation since I was used to the canned kind and they always seemed to be on sale at the grocery store. I also happen to be married to a very sweet, intelligent man who doesn’t care for coleslaw or baked beans [I know, crazy right?]. It wasn’t until I created this baked bean recipe that I convinced him baked beans were amazing [I’m still trying to convince him about coleslaw!].

I tried 3 or 4 different baked bean recipes — some even called for you to throw in a can of already made baked beans. (I couldn’t understand that logic when I was going through the effort of making them anyway!) It wasn’t until I took three recipes and made a frankenbean recipe that took parts from each one, that I created this dish.  I hope you will enjoy this baked beans recipe enough that your baked beans search ends here!
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How to Make Baked Beans with Bacon

This baked beans recipe is easier to make than you might have guessed. Forget about canned baked beans, homemade baked beans are lightyears better.

  1. Place bacon in a large cast-iron or another heavy bottomed oven-safe skillet.
  2. Cook over medium heat until browned and most of the fat is rendered.
  3. Remove the bacon.
  4. Cook the onion in the bacon fat until caramelized and brown.
  5. Pour out the excess bacon fat [you can use this bacon fat to make my delicious Yukon Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette!]
  6. Add the bacon back into the pan.
  7. Add in the beans and the rest of the ingredients.
  8. Cover tightly and cook for 1 hour.

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homemade baked beans recipe with bacon

Recipe

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Honey Bacon Baked Beans

5 from 3 votes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
These baked beans are sticky, salty [from the delicious bacon!] and sweet and a perfect addition to your BBQ or picnic.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick cut bacon , cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 (16-oz) can pinto beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16-oz) can white beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16-oz) can dark red kidney beans , drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place bacon in a large cast iron or other heavy bottomed oven safe skillet.
  3. Cook over medium heat until browned and most of the fat is rendered.
  4. Remove the bacon.
  5. Cook the onion in the bacon fat until caramelized and brown.
  6. Pour out the excess bacon fat [you can use this bacon fat to make my delicious Yukon Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette!]
  7. Add the bacon back into the pan.
  8. Add in the beans and the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Cover tightly and cook in the oven for 1 hour.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 10 servings, Amount per serving: 157 calories, Calories: 157g, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 281mg, Potassium: 278mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 87g, Vitamin C: 1g, Calcium: 35g, Iron: 1g

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Comments

  1. I made this tonight and wow, what a fantastic, easy dish. Didn’t have pintos, so I just used more of both the red kidney and cannellini beans. Subbed Dijon for yellow mustard since it was what I had, and it worked perfectly.

    I don’t know what grade of molasses you used, but I had both blackstrap and “robust” (midpoint between fancy/light and blackstrap) and used the latter so it wouldn’t be too harsh-tasting.

    If anyone is on the fence about making this, don’t be. It is wonderful.

  2. Absolutely brilliant. I made this for a potluck and the entire class loved it! It was pretty much gone.

    To those who are looking to make this:

    In my trying of this recipe, I only had 1/3 a cup of ketchup. I replaced the rest with BBQ sauce from the fridge. I also used 4 cans of beans (the extra being kidney) instead of three, which is more than enough. I fed around 30-40 people at my potluck, but wanted some for dinner so I made extra. A side note, the pinto beans (at least the ones I had) were more firm than the other beans at the end. They were still PLENTY soft, but it does provide a nice texture. It just may not be your thing.

    Overall, a brilliant recipe! Super simple and easy, no hard stuff. Will make again! Thanks.

    1. Butter beans are the same as Lima beans so they aren’t the same as white beans. I would recommend using cannellini or Northern beans. Unfortunately, you won’t get the same amazing flavor from making this in a slow cooker. The bacon in this recipe really does better in an oven.

      1. Cannellini beans are White Kidney beans. I have another recipe that called for just White Beans and didnt specify what kind of white beans. So I narrowed it down by the picture. That’s when I discovered that cannellini beans are just another name for white kidney beans. They have a slight different taste than the red ones do.

    1. Oh no! I’m just seeing your question now and hope that I didn’t ruin a Labor Day recipe you were planning on making!! I’m so sorry. The oven comes into play at the end and I realized that was a bit confusing in the instructions so I updated it.

  3. I love making anything in the cast iron skillet. So good. Love making homemade baked beans too. Taste so much better.

  4. I love baked beans at summer get togethers, but I usually cheat and buy them already made or just buy canned and doctor them up. I’m TOTALLY making your recipe! It looks so good.

    1. Thanks! I do see a lot of doctored up versions out there. This one was a breeze so I didn’t feel put out.

  5. I have not been able to stomach even the smell of baked beans as an adult, but I want so badly to cook them for my kiddos to see if they will eat them. This recipe is something I will certainly give a try to, and shared on my FB page so I can come back to it again!

  6. Yum! These look and sound incredible. My husband would flip if I ever did this for him., I will have to for his birthday!

  7. Those sound awesome. I always put bacon in by baked beans. I think bacon makes everything better.

    1. I may be wrong, but I really think bacon can solve all the world’s problems. Who could be unhappy while eating a warm crispy piece of bacon

  8. What an easy way to get baked beans made and ready to enjoy! I’ll have to keep this in mind when I don’t feel like cooking it all from scratch.

      1. I was looking forward to reading reviews of the recipe after making. Why are there only comments of how good the beans look before making them. Pretty useless reviews.