Baked Beans

For the Love of Baked Beans!

Baked Beans

If you love the taste of old-fashioned baked beans – you know, the ones that cook hours upon hours, but you lean towards the easier route of opening up a can instead….how about a bit of a compromise?

In this recipe you get to satisfy both directions of making them…the taste of the old-fashioned, baked endlessly Baked Beans, only this time you get to open the can too. Ha!

Baked Beans

Since this weekend was Labor Day weekend, I decided to once again, use my family as my personal foody “guinea pigs” … but they really don’t mind much! I never hear them cry for mercy, so I think all is good.

So here is my “many times over tweaked version” of Baked Beans that I’ve been making for some time, and after chatting to my mother about how her mom use to cook them – this is what I came up with. Yah!

Baked Beans

I am fairly traditional when it comes to a cookout, so these gorgeous Baked Beans were served up with Hamburgers and Hotdogs from the grill, homemade coleslaw…and of course some potato chips …weakness…and SWEET ICED TEA, because I’m a southerner and I can…and not to mention – it was HOT out there.

Being the comfort food they are (to me anyway), I also love to serve them anytime of the year, especially in the Fall.

If any Baked Beans happen to become leftovers, they are also perfect for Breakfast over toast!

Baked Beans are a must for summer. Recipe found @LittleFiggyFood

Baked Beans

Yield: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

An old-fashioned makeover on Baked Beans. So yummy!


  • 4 slices, Bacon (preferably Hickory Smoked)
  • 1/2 large Green or Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 - 2 large cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 (28-oz) can Baked Beans (I used Bush's Original)
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, (I used Kraft Original)
  • 2 Tbls Molasses
  • 2 Tbls yellow Mustard (French's brand)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F.
  2. I like to use my large cast iron skillet, but any skillet will do.
  3. On stovetop, cook your Bacon on medium - medium high heat until mostly crispy and set aside on paper towel lined plate.
  4. Turn down to medium low heat, in the remaining drippings (just a couple of Tbls worth is all you need), add your Peppers, Onions and Garlic to cook until onion starts to turn translucent.
  5. Pour in your can of Baked Beans. (If I see any "fat" from the can, I remove and don't use).
  6. Add the BBQ sauce, Mustard and Molasses.
  7. Stir well, top with the Bacon and heat until it just starts bubbling a little.
  8. If you are using an iron skillet or oven proof skillet you can go ahead and pop it straight into your 325F pre-heated oven. Otherwise transfer to an appropriate sized dish or small roasting pan first and then proceed to place in oven.
  9. Bake for 45 min - 1 hour (depending on how hot your oven is), until the Beans have just started to thicken.
  10. Carefully remove and serve.



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One Comment

  1. I’m always up for great tasting southern style baked beans. Little Figgy’s recipe takes it up to another level providing exceptional comfort and “let me have another serving” so you’d be well advised to make plenty.
    This recipe definitely gets my “Absolutely De-Lish!” award. Thanks Little Figgy

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