Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Beans

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by lazyme

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

Top Review by LazySactoCook

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.

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.

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