Baked Beans

Southern summer cookouts just ain’t complete without my mama’s Baked Beans recipe. Made with just six simple ingredients, these beans bake up into a sweet, thickened, perfectly seasoned and aromatic side dish that no barbecue menu can be without. When it’s all said and done, baked beans can be easy and delish without a whole lot of fuss. This is the recipe that’s gonna grab all the compliments without all the dang on work! Thanks to my Mississippi mama for passing it along!

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Five star review

“I made this recipe for Memorial Day last month and my neighbors loved it. I will be making it again for Father’s Day.”

CYNTHIA

With summer just warming up, I’m getting my grilling menu all the way together. And without a doubt, my mama’s Southern style baked beans will be present and accounted for. Listen, they are pure comfort food with its silky, smoky, sticky and thickened notes of delish vibes. They deserve a seat at the table ya dig?

The Lowdown on the Best Baked Beans Recipe

Cuisine Inspiration: Southern Comfort from a Mississippi Bred Mama
Primary Cooking Method: Baking
Dietary Info: Vegetarian and Gluten-Free
Key Flavor: Sweet, Smoky, Savory and Tangy
Skill Level: Easy y’all!

  • Quick and Easy: We ain’t slaving away in the kitchen for this one. This recipe is as easy as they come y’all. Basically I will have you on the porch drinking sweet tea in no time.
  • Simple Ingredients: This bbq baked bean recipe uses just 6 simple store-bought ingredients that come together just perfectly.
  • Hearty and Delish: The combo of bbq sauce and brown sugar creates the perfect smoky sweetness while the savory tang of the other ingredients creates such a comforting dish.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: When you get invited to the cookout, make sure you pull up with a large pan of these baked beans.

Ingredients You Need to Make BBQ Baked Beans

Vegetarian beans, brown sugar, bbq sauce, mustard, and chopped veggies in bowls and measuring spoons on a white background
  • Vegetarian Canned Baked Beans: These babies already got some seasoning in them so its convenient and quicker to throw together. We like to use Bush’s but grab your fave here.
  • Light Brown Sugar: This is gonna add a touch of caramel like sweetness with that depth from the additional molasses.
  • Finely Diced Onion: As they bake, they are gonna give us that aromatic flavor with a bit of texture. Finely dice so they blend into the sauce.
  • Finely Diced Green Pepper: These give a slightly tangy and fresh crunchy texture to the mix.
  • Barbecue Sauce: This is gonna give such a rich and smoky flavor to the baked beans with its combo of tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and spices. We grab Sweet Baby Ray’s but do you boo!
  • Yellow Mustard– This is gonna give that tangy kick that balances the sweetness out.

How to Make Baked Beans

Step 1: Prep the Beans

  1. Preheat that oven to a toasty 375 degrees then grab your fave casserole dish and pour your vegetarian baked beans into it.
  2. Now, dive into the fun part! Throw in the brown sugar, onion, green pepper, barbecue sauce, and yellow mustard.
A collage of bbq baked beans being added to a white casserole dish and then spices, sugar and diced veggies being added on top

Step 2: Mix and Bake!

  1. Mix it up until everything’s friendly with each other. It should be well combined y’all.
  2. Bake the bbq baked beans uncovered for about 60 minutes. It should have some good bubblin action.
  3. Next, pull those sizzling beans out, give ’em a good stir, and let them rest for about 10 minutes. They should be piping hot and full of flavor!
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What to Serve With Homemade Baked Beans

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Recipe Substitutions

  • Beans: Replace with pinto or black beans or make your own if you ain’t about that canned life.
  • Sugar: You can replace the brown sugar with granulated but you will lose some of that deep caramel-like molasses flavor. You can always add a little molasses to it or you can replace with maple syrup or honey.
  • Diced Veggies: Grab shallots in place of onions and yellow or red peppers in place of green peppers.
  • BBQ Sauce: Feel free to add your favorite brand here or even use a homemade one. I love this chipotle bbq sauce. It has a nice subtle kick.
  • Yellow Mustard: Dijon or whole grain mustard will give a unique flavor switch-up.

Recipe Variations and Additions

  • Meat: Whether you cook and crumble bacon to add or throw in some crumbled and cooked sausage, chorizo or ground beef, this will give some savory texture and additional flavor. Just crumble and cook then drain and add to your bean mixture before baking.
  • Alcohol: Just a splash of bourbon can really elevate these homemade baked beans to new heights.
  • Heat: Toss in a little hot sauce or chili paste to get that kick poppin!
  • Spices and Herbs: Adding in some additional spices and herbs like cumin, cayenne, rosemary, sage or thyme will really deliver some unique aromatic notes to your baked bean recipe.
  • Smoke: To give the beans more smoke flavor, either add a few drops of liquid smoke to the mix or add the beans directly to the grill to smoke them. It will infuse them with so much flavor.
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Expert Tips and Tricks for Southern Baked Beans

  • Grab Quality Ingredients: Because there are just 6 simple ingredients, quality really matters. Grab quality bbq sauce and mustard y’all. It will make a world of difference.
  • Test Doneness: You are looking for bubbling action with the beans being tender but not mushy in the end.
  • Rest Before Serving: Give the beans about 10 minutes to rest and set up and thicken letting those flavors really settle before serving it up y’all.

How to Store this Homemade Baked Bean Recipe

  • Fridge: Let those beans cool to room temp then scoop them into airtight containers and pop in the fridge. They should keep for about 4-5 days.
  • Freezer: Just add the room temp baked bean recipe to freezer-safe containers the same way. They should keep up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Thaw in the fridge overnight if frozen then reheat in an oven-safe dish with a foil cover at 350 F degrees for about 20-30 minutes until they are bubbly again. If you gotta speed up the process, pop in a microwave safe container into the microwave for about 2-4 minutes, stirring halfway through to keep the cooking even.
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Best Beans Recipes

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Mama’s Southern Baked Beans

Made with ingredients like brown sugar, aromatics, and barbecue sauce, my Mama's Southern Baked Beans are smoky and sweet in all the best ways.
4.64 from 19 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 (28 oz) cans vegetarian baked beans my mom uses Bush's Beans
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup very finely diced onion
  • 1/4 cup very finely diced green pepper
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce use your fave
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pour beans into a large casserole dish.
  • Mix in brown sugar, onion, green pepper, barbecue sauce and yellow mustard until combined.
  • Bake uncovered at 60 minutes or until super bubbly.
  • Stir beans together, rest for 10 minutes then serve.

Notes

If you want to add ground beef, simply season, crumble and cook it then drain and add to your bean mixture before baking.
Storage and Reheating
  • Fridge: Let those beans cool to room temp then scoop them into airtight containers and pop in the fridge. They should keep for about 4-5 days.
  • Freezer: Just add the room temp baked bean recipe to freezer-safe containers the same way. They should keep up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Thaw in the fridge overnight if frozen then reheat in an oven-safe dish with a foil cover at 350 F degrees for about 20-30 minutes until they are bubbly again. If you gotta speed up the process, pop in a microwave safe container into the microwave for about 2-4 minutes, stirring halfway through to keep the cooking even.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Filed Under:  Beans and Legumes, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Holidays, Oven, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Comments

  1. Yummy melding of brown sugar sweetness and the twang of barbecue sauce and mustard. I’ve never added green peppers to beans before and they certainly enhanced the flavor, especially since they were just picked from our garden! For the two of us hiding from COVID within our home’s walls, I halved the recipe, which still provides enough for two meals. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these beans, which we enjoyed eating in our garden under the stars when the triple digit heat finally subsided for the day. Such an easy dish to prepare. Such a delicious reward with each mouthful any time of the year.

  2. I’ve been looking for a baked beans recipe for summer and now I’ve found the absolute best!

  3. These are WONDERFUL! Mine ended up being “stovetop” baked beans because I ran out of room in the oven but still so delicious and flavorful! Can’t wait to try more recipes this week!

  4. I love baked beans but am afraid to say I haven’t made them from scratch for years, I’ve only ordered them or opened a can in recent years so I don’t even remember where to start to make them, so this helps! Especially since legumes are part of my diet, and I need a change from my regular minced black beans, and this works, so thank you!

  5. I made this recipe and just loved the Southern touch… It’s such an amazing recipe!

  6. I loved this recipe, I am a huge fan on baked beans!! Perfect side on a grilling out night like we had last night! Thanks for sharing

  7. I am a fan of good old southern baked beans and was searching for the Recipes and looks like I have finally found it . Can’t wait to try it

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