If you're looking for a dish for a barbecue, potluck supper, or game day party, slow cooker baked beans are an excellent choice. But don't wait for a special occasion; make the beans a main dish and serve them with cornbread for a fabulous lunch or dinner. Add pulled pork for sandwiches or hot dogs along with coleslaw, and you have a hearty and delicious crowd-pleasing meal. Double the recipe ingredients if you are cooking for a large family or group.
You will love the simplicity of the recipe; it takes just minutes to mix everything in the slow cooker, and you'll have a tasty, no-fuss dish in a few hours. Cook the bacon the night before and this dish will take about 5 minutes to throw together. It's a great set-and-forget dish!
The beans are adaptable as well. Just use your favorite brand of baked beans and add onions, peppers, or meat to the pot. Or add a few teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and some liquid smoke for tangy barbecue flavor. The variations below the recipe will give you more ideas for possible substitutions and additions.
- 6 to 8 strips bacon, cut in 1/2- to 1-inch pieces
- 3 (16-ounce) cans baked beans
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 cup ketchup (or use chili sauce)
- Arrange the bacon in a skillet and place it over medium-low heat. Fry the bacon until it is browned and crisp, stirring and turning frequently. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain.
- Pour the beans into the slow cooker and add the bacon.
- In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard powder, and ketchup or chili sauce. Add the sauce mixture to the beans and stir to blend.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH for about 2 hours.
Tips and Variations
- Add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of diced raw onions to the dish. Or saute the onion in a skillet in about 1 tablespoon of vegetable over medium heat until browned. Add the onions to the beans.
- Add about 1/2 cup of green or red bell pepper to the beans or a combination of both colors.
- Add sausage or ground beef to the beans. To brown the sausage, place a large skillet over medium heat and add about 1/2 pound to 1 pound of sausage or ground beef. Cook the ground meat until it is no longer pink; drain well and then add to the beans.
- Add 1 to 2 cups of diced cooked ham to the beans.
- Slice spicy or mild smoked sausage or hot dogs into 1/2-inch rounds. Add the sausage or hot dogs to the beans and cook as directed.
- Extra Spicy: Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, a few tablespoons of minced jalapeno peppers, and 1 teaspoon (or more) of crushed red pepper flakes.
- With Pineapple: Add two 8-ounce cans of pineapple tidbits (drained) to the beans along with 1/2 cup of bell peppers and 1 cup of onion. Use barbecue sauce instead of tomato ketchup.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||3 g|
|Saturated Fat||1 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||1 g|
|Dietary Fiber||32 g|