Side Dishes

Baked Beans

It’s summertime, you’re having a cookout with the usual suspects – hamburgers and hotdogs. When it comes to the side dishes you may be tempted to open a can of baked beans. DON’T! You can make your own and they will taste so much better!

There is minimal chopping in preparation of this dish. After that, cook the veggies until soft, add the rest of the ingredients and bake in the oven or put it in your slow cooker. For my version of Baked Beans, I made the BBQ Sauce that goes in the beans and I made the spice rub that goes into the BBQ Sauce. While it was admittedly more work than opening the can, the difference in taste is well worth it.

I hope the next time you have a cookout, you serve homemade Baked Beans. Let me know how your version turns out.

Baked Beans

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 2 hours Total Time: 2 hrs 15 minutes

Baked Beans


  • 1/2 lb bacon cut into small pieces (Omit if you want to make it vegetarian)
  • 2 16 oz cans Great Northern Beans
  • 2 16 oz cans Cannellini Beans
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • salt and pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat for about 5 minutes (if you omitted the bacon, heat olive oil).


Add the onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook until soft, 2-3 minutes.


Add the beer, beans, BBQ sauce, molasses, brown sugar, salt and pepper.


Stir to combine well and transfer to the oven.


Bake for 1 hour

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