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Without a doubt, these are the best beans I've ever had - and so simple! I make these up whenever we have company or go for a potluck and everyone raves about them - and they can't believe they're made with canned beans! No need to modify this recipe, it's a winner.

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Eh Jay August 02, 2002

Best beans ever. Had them twice at a friends home in Kansas City and once at Gates BBQ in Independence. Asked if they were available in grocery stores. Was told "No but the recipe is on the internet." Shocking generosity. Thank you Mr. Gates.

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Richard Birney-Smith July 30, 2013

Since my first review only showed stars, I will try this again! Cut this recipe in 1/2, used Gates sauce and Gates rub and they were the best beans I've ever made at home! I am a huge fan of Gates BBQ and eat there each time we visit KC. Mysterygirl, thank you so much for posting this recipe here. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

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PrimQuilter February 23, 2008

This was great, so easy, and a wonderful side dish for the KC ribs I made. Thanks Mysterygirl for a new way to make baked beans easy. Everyone loved this recipe.

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Sam Saguaro January 20, 2008

These beans were great! Living in Kansas City, we are, of course, big fans of Gates barbeque. I have been making beans similar to this for years, but always used a sweeter sauce. I like this version with Gates even better. Thanks for the idea.

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Chris from Kansas October 31, 2004
Gates & Sons KC Barbecue Beans