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Brown Sugar Baked Beans with Bacon

Here’s one of my favorite side dishes to take to summer potlucks and barbecues.  These brown sugar baked beans with bacon are beyond easy.  The kind of easy that seriously simplifies your day.  They are so yummy that I always make extra.  Because it’d be a bummer to run out of these sweet beans.


Everyone loves these savory yet sweet baked beans.  They will think you slaved in the kitchen all day, soaking and cooking those beans.  Little do they know that this bean dish took you about 3 minutes to assemble (yes, assemble) and just a bit of time in the oven.  Let’s not tell ’em the secret.


This perfect BBQ side dish consists of canned beans, brown sugar, and just enough real bacon to give it that extra yum factor.  This bean dish is a favorite side, as it’s sweet, salty, and a little bit smoky all at the same time.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to burgers, more burgers, chicken, or whatever you’re grillin’ up.  It’s awesome next to a super easy and delish potato salad.


Even my kids will eat up these baked beans, and kids aren’t known to be bean-a-holics.  People who aren’t bean fans will come back for more.  And it only takes a few minutes to get this dish on the table.  I seriously don’t know if I’ll ever be able to post another recipe with such teensy directions.  Happy cookout season.

Enjoy! 🙂


Brown Sugar Baked Beans with Bacon

4.67 from 3 ratings
Servings: 15 -20


  • 2 cans, 29 oz each of good quality baked beans (Bush's Country Style is great)
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 TB brown sugar
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 3 TB ketchup
  • 2 TB onion powder or dried minced onion
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Set oven to 350F.
  • Combine all ingredients, except for bacon, in a serving dish of your choice. Stir to fully incorporate ingredients. Sprinkle crumbled bacon evenly on top. Cover and place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until dish is hot. Serve warm.

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    • Tammy B
    • 5 stars

    Delicious!! I have to cook them at every family gathering!!!

      • chewoutloud

      Super awesome, Tammy! 🙂

    • Lauren

    Could this recipe be done in the crockpot instead of the oven?

      • chewoutloud

      Lauren, yes you can do this in the crockpot. It will likely have more liquid/steam in crockpot. Flavor should still be fantastic; enjoy! 🙂

    • Nimrod66

    Made these the other night for some guests who had come for ribs. They were a big hit. The bacon is a nice touch which blends with the brown sugar.

      • chewoutloud

      It is a total hit with ribs amongst our friends as well. So happy you guys liked it 🙂

    • Ashlee

    Can you reheat in a crockpot with no problems ?

      • chewoutloud

      Ashlee, yes, you can reheat in a crockpot. Hope you all love it! Thanks for coming over today 🙂

    • Melissa

    Baked Beans are my absolute favorite side dish!
    Your recipe looks delicious!
    Pinning to make soon.

    • Erin @ Erin’s DC Kitchen

    Oh my, looks amazing! Growing up we used to dip potato chips into baked beans. It’s an awesome sweet and salty combo, try it sometime 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Oh, my kiddos will sooo love that idea! I’m totally breaking out the potato chips next time 🙂

    • Simply Tia

    I loved how you doctored this up. It looks and sounds fantastic!

      • chewoutloud

      Embarrassingly easy, but oh so yuuummmy 🙂

    • barbellsandbuttercream

    Growing up in New England, baked beans were a summertime staple. I specifically remember coming home with my mom one day to a house full of smoke because the beans had run out of liquid. We literally had to wash everything in the house…even the walls. I still love baked beans, but my mom and I remember that every time we eat them. 😉

      • chewoutloud

      Love your bean story, thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Ann & Chris Demant

    We are definitely going to try this recipe soon 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, let me know how it goes!

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