Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Beans

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

Great beans from epicurious.com. I usually add more bacon.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.
  2. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  3. Chop bacon; reserve.
  4. Pour off all but 2 teaspoons drippings from skillet.
  5. Heat drippings in same skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add onion and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add garlic; stir 1 minute.
  8. Add tomato sauce, 1 cup water, sugar, molasses, vinegar and mustard and bring to boil.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring often.
  10. Stir in all beans and bacon and bring to boil.
  11. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  12. Uncover and simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  13. Season with salt and pepper.


Most Helpful

Great beans! Prepared in advance, these have become a staple for our camping meals and BBQs. However, I have made some modifications: instead of one cup of water, I add a cup of beef broth; substitute DARK honey for molasses (if you like real sweet, use light honey); add 2 tsp (or to taste) of liquid smoke; one tsp of smoked paprika; one 15 oz can of chopped tomatoes (mostly drained) instead of tomato sauce. As for the bacon (mmmm...bacon), I add four chopped slices of lean bacon from my local meat/sausage shop. All in all, this recipe is a great jumping off point for some inventive BBQ bean dishes.

LazySactoCook August 21, 2011

What great beans! I did simmer mine for about 45 minutes to reduce the liquid. Next time I think I will add only 1/4 cup of water and see how that works. We like our bbq beans on the thick side. Loved the flavor. I chopped my bacon before cooking. I find it is easier that way. I served them with recipe #259548 and recipe #371575 for a delicious dinner. Thanks for posting. :)

teresas February 21, 2010

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