The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans are rich, sweet, savory, and very delicious! This is my family baked beans recipe. My crock pot baked beans are a favorite potluck and picnic recipe!
The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans
In my family I am known for my cooking, but I'm famous for my baked beans! I am required to bring them to all of our family events, and I'm happy to do so!
a Quick History of the best baked beans recipe
Back in 1986 we were going to have a family picnic for the Fourth of July. I somehow got slated to bring the baked beans, though I had never made them before.
I just started dumping ingredients I liked into the crock pot.
Everyone loved them, and I have made them ever since! The recipe has changed only a little in all these 33 years!
Why do you use so many kinds of beans?
I like the different textures and flavors of the variety of beans. I also enjoy the colors! You can use any beans that you like.
Can I make these vegetarian baked beans?
Yes you can! Get a vegetarian "Pork and beans", and omit the bacon. They will still be delicious!
Can I make these baked beans in the Oven?
Yes. Just add all of the ingredients to a dutch oven. Cover it and bake at 325° for 3-4 hours, or until the beans are tender. Stir them once or twice while cooking.
You can also cook them on the stove top. Use a low heat and check on them once in a while and stir them.
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The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans are rich, sweet, savory, and very delicious! This is my family baked beans recipe. My crock pot baked beans are a favorite potluck recipe!
- 1 (28 oz) can Pork and Beans, do not drain
- 1 (15 oz) can Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 (15 oz) can Black Beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 (15 oz) can Garbanzo Beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 (15 oz) can Great Northern Beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 (15 oz) can Cannellini Beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 sm Sweet Onion, diced
- 6 slices Thick Cut Smoky Bacon, cut in 1.5" pieces
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Molasses
- ¼ cup Ketchup
- 1-2 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
- ½ cup Smoky Barbecue Sauce (I like hickory or mesquite)
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced (or 2 tsp Garlic Powder)
- ½ tsp Pepper
Add all of the ingredients to a 4 qt-6 qt slow cooker. Stir well.
Place the lid on and cook on Low for 5-6 hours, or on High for 3-4 hours. Stir once or twice halfway through cooking time.
The beans will thicken as they cool. You can reheat without adding water, unless you want them thinner.
This recipe doubles nicely. Use a 6 qt to 8 qt size if doubling.
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Excellent flavor! We loved these beans.
The whole family loved these beans! They were even better the next day! I followed the recipe pretty much just as it is. My husband would like me to now make it with the addition of ground beef. Would you fry up the meat first and would you add it right at the beginning? Thanks!
I would cook the meat first.
Love them this way and the variety! Is the liquid smoke necessary?
Liquid smoke is optional. It just gives a smoky flavor that we love.
Hi Sandy, these beans were delicious. I made them for my Grandfather's Celebration of Life that we recently hosted. I paired them with your Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork & Beef. The food was enjoyed by all, thank you!
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you were able to enjoy a nice meal with your loved ones.
Hey! This recipe looks great, I have a question...do you cook the bacon before putting it in the crockpot?
Nope! But you can cook it partially in a skillet to render off some of the fat before adding to the crock pot if you like.
We loved these baked beans! My husband said they are the best he'd ever had!
Yay! I'm thrilled you and your hubby liked these baked beans. Since I've had this recipe for soooo many years!