Barbecue Baked Beans

Summertime is the perfect time to make, to serve beans and to eat baked beans. Barbecue Baked Beans are Smokey, Spicy and Sweet which equals the perfect recipe for making great beans. Here on Turnips  2 Tangerines we love our baked beans. A summertime back-yard barbecue just isn’t the same without some sort of baked beans on the menu.

Has It All

This recipe has it all, smokiness from the bacon and liquid smoke, sweetness from the brown sugar, maple syrup, and molasses and the spiciness comes from the sriracha sauce, Worcestershire sauce and spices. Last but not least, the tomato flavor comes from the bbq sauce and tomato sauce. Depending on what type of bbq sauce you use, you can make these beans super spicy or mild. For barbecue baked beans we like to use any flavor of Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Baked Beans



  • 1 pound
    dry great northern beans, sorted and soaked overnight
  • 1 teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1 pound
    turkey bacon, cubed
  • 1 pound
    ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 1 cup
    barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup
    maple syrup
  • 1 (8 oz) can
    tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon
    sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons
    liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup
    yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon each
    salt and pepper
  • 2 cups
    bean water

Cooking Directions

  1. Sort beans. Place in a dutch oven and cover with water. Let beans soak overnight.
  2. When ready to prepare beans, drain beans and cover with fresh water. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda, bring beans to a boil, boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, set a colander over a large glass bowl, drain beans, save water and set aside.
  3. Place beans in a large earthenware bean pot.
  4. In large bowl, mix remaining ingredients, stir until smooth. Pour over beans in bean pot. Pour 2 cups bean water over all or to cover.
  5. Bake at 325º 4 to 6 hours or until beans are tender

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