Easy BBQ Black Beans

Bowl of Black Beans
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  • Total: 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Servings: 6 to 8 servings

These barbecue black beans are just as simple to make, and they are tasty to eat. All you need are a few ingredients and a slow cooker, and you’ll have yourself a delicious side for carne asada, brisket, spare ribs, and grilled chicken. In fact, they are even delicious served all by themselves.

Give these beans a try next time you have a cookout and get ready to be pleasantly surprised.


  • 4 (15-ounce) cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2/3 cup/160 mL tomato juice
  • 1 cup/240 mL prepared barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup/240 mL mild or medium chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL canned corn (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL black pepper
  • pinch of​ allspice
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL cilantro (roughly chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients, except cilantro, in the slow cooker.

  3. Turn heat on to low and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

  4. Once finished, turn to the warm setting and serve garnished with chopped cilantro and your favorite grilled and smoked meats.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • You can also top these beans with a spoonful of sour cream or plain yogurt.