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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Best Baked Beans

The recipe I’m about to give you is dangerously delicious. If you like baked beans, you’ll LOVE these. I made them for the 4th of July and they were a hit, even with my most-of-the-time-vegetarian friend. Thanks to my mom’s sisters who introduced me to this baked beans recipe to begin with. I have no idea where they originally got it from, perhaps I should do some digging. Wait. I’m rambling. Enjoy the beans!

Best Baked Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish, Beans
  • 2 large cans baked beans (~3 lb 5 oz total)
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • ½ pound bacon, chopped
  • 2 rings pineapple (or one small can pineapple chunks, broken apart with your fingers)
  1. Sauté the onion and green pepper over medium heat until starting to get soft. Add the bacon and sauté until bacon is cooked through. Drain grease.
  2. While the onion and pepper are doing their thing, mix together the beans, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and pineapple. When the sautéd stuff is done, add it to the bean mixture. Bake in a 300-degree oven or in a crockpot on high for 2-3 hours. (I got a late start when I made these, so I baked at 350 for about 1 hour and they came out fine.)



  1. Yum! I wonder how they would be with some jalapenos added? I love to add spice to things that are sweet and salty. Maybe I’ll try…

  2. those sound yummy what do you think i could use for a sub on the bacon? i’m vegetarian but would love to make these for picnics and to eat over a day or 2 with meals!

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    danielle – I think spicy would be GREAT in these! go for it!

    butterfly…hmmmm…vegetarian option? maybe just leave the bacon out completely, the beans would still be super yummy. but I do like the saltiness that the bacon adds. I’m sure there is “fake” bacon out there, might be worth a try…but I probably would just leave the bacon out, or maybe even try adding a second kind of bean? just thinking out loud… 🙂

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    That’s pretty close to my recipe and everyone loves them! I love how they smell when they bake in the oven. Last year I took them to our church Memorial Day picnic and a lovely older British lady (born and raised in England and then raised her family in Zimbabwe when her husband was transferred there with the RAF–Joan Breakwell) touched my arm and said, “Sister Violette, your beans are divine.” (That must be read in a beautifully soft English accent for full effect.) My kids love to say that whenever they suspect I am making them.

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    I, too, would like to see a vegetarian version of these beans. They look so sweet and savory–absolutely delicious! Hoping to see the veggie re-write soon 🙂

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    andrea p

    My beans are quite similar, but we partially drain the baked beans and replace it with a favorite bbq sauce. (I like the bullseye draft guinness sauce.) It really puts them over the top.

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    Peg C

    reading this I said my christmas eve beans!
    I used to bake beans for our christmas eve buffet but would rather bake cookies so the last three years I’ve thrown these in the crockpot at lunch time and kept baking cookies!

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    This recipe does sound dangerously delicious! I can’t wait to share this with my book club, I’m sure they’ll simply adore it! Couple these baked beans with my world famous potato salad and I’m sure the next potluck dinner I attend will be a hit! Thanks!

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    I agree Jane – These are THE BEST baked beans. I grew up eating them and I’ve never quite found another recipe that tastes quite this good!

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    These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them. I love almost anything with bacon or pineapple, and these have both! Well done. The photos are lovely.

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    These look and sound SO good! My dad makes some amazing baked beans, but I love the idea of pineapple in them to add a sweet little kick!

  12. Are these better than the LaPierre’s?!?

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    Hiii! This looks delicious! Does your recipe require 3 lb 5 oz baked beans total, or times 2?

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    Jane Maynard

    it’s 3 lb 5 oz TOTAL. although…I think the can sizes I use for a large can of beans doesn’t come out to exactly that…but it’s somewhere around there! 🙂

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    Thanks Jane! I made these today, and I love them!! <3

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    Jane Maynard

    yea!!! that’s what I like to hear! 🙂

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    liquid smoke is a good substitute for bacon.

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    Dale Ruthenberg

    I made these for a BBQ and bonfire and they were a huge hit, everyone wanted the recipe. The pineapple is a great substitute for maple syrup. I used jalapeno’s instead of the green pepper and it was the perfect hint of heat along with the sweetness of pineapple. Great recipe, have already added it to my collection. Thanks

    • Jane Maynard

      yea! I’m so glad they were a big hit! and I love that you made them spicy – great idea! thanks for letting us know how it went!

    • carole

      Hi Dale!
      This sounds delicious, and I want to try putting jalapenos in them as well…how many did you add?

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    Hi Jane! I am trying your beans for the first time and was wondering if you had a preference for method of states oven or crockpot? Thank you so much…I wil report back!

    • Jane Maynard

      Hi Sue!

      I’ve only ever baked mine…I know my aunt always uses the crockpot, and I’ve had hers and they were great! Baking has always worked really well, too, so I think you can’t lose!

      let me know how it goes! 🙂

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    I LOVE these baked beans! I made them yesterday for my family, so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jane Maynard

      you’re welcome! 🙂 I’m so glad you loved them…it’s funny you commented today because I was thinking about this very recipe this morning and how I need to make them again – it’s a sign! 🙂

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    Rosie Graff

    Hi – thanks for this awesome recipe . I am making for Easter, and I hope it was ok to mix all together the night before. And before I leave for Church, I am putting in the crickpot

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    I’m trying these tomorrow for a family get together. Do you cover them to bake?

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    What kind of baked beans do you use? There are so many flavored! Can you use plain beans?

    • great point, emily! I get traditional baked beans that aren’t a fancy flavor, since I”m adding my own flavors! hope that helps! 🙂

      also, fyi, I haven’t tried straight up plain beans for this recipe, I always get a can that says “baked beans”

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