The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Pork and Beans

Are you searching for a delectable baked beans recipe that will satisfy the cravings of your entire family? Look no further! This incredible pork and beans recipe will take your canned beans to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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Ah, summertime! The perfect season for sensational potluck dishes like creamy potato salad and Amish pasta salad that steal the show at gatherings. But let’s face it, sometimes we need that little shortcut when it comes to side dish recipes. We don’t always have the time or energy to cook everything from scratch.

But here’s the best part: You can still proudly present an original and impressive dish without anyone knowing your secret. This incredible recipe has been cherished in my family for years. My mom took it to family reunions and summer picnics, and now I’m thrilled to share it with you.

The Delightful Baked Bean Recipe

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Baked beans are a quintessential summer dish, don’t you agree? Whether enjoyed as a standalone delight or as a fantastic side dish, they add perfection to picnics and BBQs. And the best part is, they’re relatively easy to make!

The star of this recipe is, of course, the beans. Depending on the pork and beans variety you choose, you’ll find navy beans, pinto beans, or great northern beans. These mild-tasting, thin-skinned beans form the backbone of this incredible dish.

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Most recipes call for sugar, molasses, and a medley of spices like onion, garlic, and mustard. The beans are gently cooked with these ingredients in a saucepan until they become soft and the sauce thickens. Afterward, they are baked in the oven until they turn irresistibly brown and bubbly. However, for those who prefer convenience, you can also choose to use a slow cooker.

How to Create Perfect Baked Beans with Pork and Beans

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To achieve perfection, all the ingredients are combined harmoniously in one of two cooking vessels. If you opt for the oven, a trusty casserole dish is your choice. And if you prefer the convenience of a slow cooker, you’ll need one of those—simple enough, right?

We’re taking a big can of beans and elevating it with a delightful blend of spices and seasonings. Naturally, bacon steals the show, as two delicious slices are added, but feel free to add more if you’re a bacon enthusiast. Chopped onion, yellow mustard, molasses, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce join the mix, creating a symphony of flavors.

And here’s the best part: The recipe couldn’t be any easier! I promise it’s simpler to create than it is to pronounce “Worcestershire.” Simply cover the dish with foil and bake it for 90 minutes in the oven, or let it cook in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours!

baked beans covered with foil

Can Canned Beans be Used in the Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! This entire recipe can be prepared in the slow cooker. I personally prefer to cook the bacon ahead of time in a skillet for that extra burst of flavor. If you find that the beans appear too runny, simply remove the lid about 30 minutes before serving. This allows some of the liquid to evaporate, resulting in the perfect consistency.

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You can find the instructions for the slow cooker version of this amazing baked beans recipe below!

How to Reheat Baked Beans in a Crock Pot

Do you know that feeling when sloppy joe sandwiches and spaghetti sauce taste even better the next day? Well, the same principle applies to baked beans recipes! You can easily make these a day in advance and reheat them in the slow cooker until they’re warmed through and utterly irresistible.


What Goes Well with Baked Beans?

I absolutely love preparing baked beans for a crowd, especially during summertime BBQs. They pair beautifully with BBQ pulled pork, turkey burgers, beef, air fryer bratwurst, burgers—actually, they’re the perfect side for anything you’d throw on the grill. Consider serving them with coleslaw and a creamy potato salad recipe for the ultimate foodie match.

Cook them in the oven or create a sensational slow-cooker version. Either way, you won’t regret making these. Your family and friends will adore them as you kick off your grilling season in style!

Other Summertime and Potluck Recipes You’ll Love

  • Roasted Asparagus and Green Beans Salad
  • Orange Fluff Jelly Salad
  • Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
  • Honey Basil Veggie Kabobs
  • Summer Corn Salad
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

If you decide to try out this easy baked beans recipe, please leave a review or comment below. I’d be thrilled to hear from you!

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