This recipe for The Best Baked Beans is hearty and thick. Bring these to your next potluck or BBQ and everyone will agree that these are the best homemade baked beans.

These are the best Baked Beans and are the perfect side to ham, burgers, hot dogs, and fit for an occasion like Easter, Fourth of July, or Christmas

The Best Baked Beans


Baked beans have never been something that I have to have but homemade baked beans are always a menu item essential to any BBQ or potluck.

I have one recipe on this blog for baked beans and it’s my friend Heidi’s Famous Baked Beans.

They’re fabulous which is why I didn’t feel the need to ever look for another recipe. Everyone that makes them, loves them.

Heidi’s recipe however doesn’t have beef in it, so I feel like there’s also room for this recipe which has a whopping pound and a half of savory beef.


My sister has a trick where she just buys canned baked beans and puts them in a slow cooker like she made them herself! Guess what? I can and I’m sure most people can tell that they aren’t homemade. There’s nothing like homemade baked beans!The Best Baked Beans


The sauce is a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and spicy brown mustard.

The sauce blends beautifully in the oven, simmering away for 45 minutes. Add this to your Fourth of July menu! If you’re looking for the best homemade baked bean recipe to eat, look no further. This is the one!


If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this question. Baked beans are probably the most requested side at any potluck. If you are looking for other popular BBQ sides, I would suggest this Broccoli Salad, Cowboy Caviar, Frito Corn Dip, or this Crunchy Pea Salad.


If you’re not eating these right away, I would suggest transferring them to a slow cooker or crock pot to keep them warm.

If you like this recipe for The Best Baked Beans, you’ll love these recipes:

Hawaiian Baked Beans, Green Bean Casserole Recipe, The Best Bean Dip

The Best Baked Beans
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The Best Baked Beans


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper , cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 16-oz cans pork and beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon , cut into pieces and cooked


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan brown the ground beef. When beef is about halfway done add the onions and bell peppers. Continue to cook until beef is done and the veggies are soft. Drain meat mixture.
  3. Add the pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the mixture. Simmer mixture for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top of the casserole. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let dish sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Source: The Food Network

The Best Baked Beans - hearty and thick and always a winner at BBQs, potlucks, and parties. The perfect side dish.