Gates & Sons KC Barbecue Beans

"You must have Baked Beans with BBQ ribs. I have previously posted the rub & sauce and how to put them together, here's the side dish."
photo by Chris from Kansas photo by Chris from Kansas
photo by Chris from Kansas
Ready In:


  • 2 (55 ounce) cans baked beans
  • 12 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 12 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons your favorite barbecue rub (Gates & Sons KC Rub recipe posted on the site)
  • 34 cup barbecue sauce (Gates & Sons KC BBQ Sauce recipe posted on the site)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke


  • In a cast-iron pot, combine all ingredients.
  • Cook on the grill, stirring occasionally, until hardened “crust” forms on top of beans, about 20 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. ginnywatson60
    Can I make these on the stove or in the oven? Thanx for your response


  1. Eh Jay
    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.
  2. August K.
    Made these beans after a year away from KC and damn if they're not identical! These beans are the best ever and will change your life.
  3. mgeuston
    I grew up eating Gates BBQ and was surprised to find this recipe online. It is spot on. Excellent! I vacuum seal and freeze burnt ends every time I smoke a brisket so when I make this recipe they can be chopped up and added to the beans.
  4. Richard Birney-Smith
    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.
  5. PrimQuilter
    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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