Sweet and Spicy Bourbon Baked Beans

Bourbon Baked Beans in a Cast Iron Pan

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings

Deliciously sweetened with brown sugar, molasses, and honey, these baked beans have a nice kick with the addition of chipotle peppers and Bourbon whiskey.

The secret to good baked beans is slow cooking! After 3 hours in a low-temperature oven, these beans are thick and rich! If you don't have that kind of time, just kick up the temperature and bake for only an hour. Still good.


  • 1 (28-ounce) can of beans (northern or pinto)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle (puréed or minced)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (preferably smoked)
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely diced)
  • 2 strips of bacon (raw and cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (such as Jim Beam)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, molasses, Worcestershire, chipotle and paprika.

  3. Add the beans, corn, onion, bacon, and bourbon and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish and cover.​

  4. Place in oven and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove cover last 1/2 hour to allow beans to thicken and caramelize a bit on top. Stir well before serving.

    Note: You can speed up the cooking process by turning the oven up to 350 F and baking for only an hour. Still good but not quite as rich.