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Baked beans inside a white baking dish. Close up shot showing texture.

BBQ Baked Beans

BBQ Baked Beans are an easy side dish recipe and simple to make. Baked beans with bacon starts with a can of baked beans and made delicious with add-ins like bacon, onion, and other seasonings. Let it bake in the oven and you're ready to serve this classic bbq summertime dish dish. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, baked beans with bacon, bbq baked beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 341kcal
Author Jessica - Together as Family


  • 6 strips bacon chopped small
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 cans (28 oz each) original baked beans (do not drain)
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar OR white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute the bacon over medium heat until it's crispy; remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels (helps to soak up the grease).
  • Cook the onions in the bacon fat until they have softened and become translucent. Remove the onions from the fat with a slotted spoon; letting it drain, before moving the onions to a paper towel lined plate.
    * If not cooking bacon in the skillet pan, add 1 tablespoon oil to cook the onions in.
  • Add the cooked bacon & onions, baked beans, bbq sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and dijon mustard to a large mixing bowl. Stir together until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 1 hour (uncovered), stirring halfway through.


Bacon : I don't love cooking bacon on the stove top in a skillet pan (too much splatter, oily smell). I prefer it much crispier. I buy the pre-cooked bacon that you cook in the microwave, and crisp it to my liking that way. You can also cook the bacon in the oven as well. If not cooking bacon in the skillet pan, be sure and add some olive oil or other oil (about 2 teaspoons) in with the onion to help it soften and cook. You will still need to cook the onion in the skillet pan for the recipe. 
For less fattier pieces of bacon be sure and buy center-cut bacon as the fatty pieces are cut off of those. Another tip is to cook the bacon until it's really crispy in the pan, which will help prevent it from becoming soggy/rubbery in the baked beans. 
Baked Beans : I think the beans are sweet enough per the recipe, but if you want something different, try using a different baked bean variety like brown sugar baked beans, or spicy baked beans, or mesquite baked beans. Lots of options if you want to change it up. 


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 1138mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 4mg