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Grandma's Real Southern Baked Beans is southern cooking at it's best. Made with ingredients like bacon, roasted red pepper, molasses, brown sugar, and cider vinegar.

Grandma’s Real Southern Baked Beans

Grandma’s Real Southern Baked Beans is down home southern cooking at it’s best. Made with ingredients like bacon, roasted red pepper, molasses, brown sugar, and cider vinegar, this recipe will stay at the top of your list of family favorites!  They’re even better when made ahead!

Grandma's Real Southern Baked Beans is down home southern cooking at it's best - made with ingredients like bacon, roasted red pepper, molasses, brown sugar, and cider vinegar - this recipe will stay at the top of your list of favorites! They are even better when made ahead!

Oh Em Gee, these baked beans are the real deal! Baked beans are usually the forgotten side at the party…but not these honking spoonfuls of bacon added deliciousness. Bacon and red pepper and molasses, can it get any tastier?

These baked beans go perfectly with so many other dishes, like pulled chicken, Pork Chops, Cookout Chicken and everything in-between. This is definitley a recipe you want to keep in your recipe box!

I love baked beans, always have and this is the best recipe EVER!  Hands down, thumbs up, high five, whatever! Anyway, the southern secret is not only the bacon..I mean, come on isn’t that enough…but the roasted red pepper, molasses and vinegar, that is southern all the way.  I lived in the south for  many years so I know about baked beans, and Grandma knew about them too!

Now, before you get started, this recipe makes lots and I mean LOTS of baked beans. Enough for a party of 20 people at least. Just letting you know!

Note*- Cut the recipe in half for a family size dish!

REASONS TO LOVE THIS BAKED BEAN RECIPE

  • Budget -friendly and leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days
  • The dish is packed with essential Iron and protein
  • Versatile – perfect for adding your own special touch by using favorite add-ins like diced green pepper and garlic
  • Family-friendly comfort food – kid tested!
  • Makes a giant batch of beans – great for potlucks and cookouts

There is some controversy ( isn’t there always) about which is better….using red peppers or green peppers in true southern baked beans. Some people love the smooth sweetness of the red pepper and others swear by the bite of the green pepper. If I were guessing, I’d say the vote probably stands at 50/50. What I just said about the vote is totally unscientific and probably made up:) NOTE** I use roasted red peppers from a jar to save time and because I like them just as much as fresh red pepper that I cook in the skillet.

Grandma's Real Southern Baked Beans is southern cooking at it's best. Made with ingredients like bacon, roasted red pepper, molasses, brown sugar, and cider vinegar.


INGREDIENTS FOR GRANDMAS REAL SOUTHERN BAKED BEANS

This is what you will need to make these amazing baked beans. Most of the stuff I have in the pantry all the time…that’s just how I roll. Except for frying up the bacon, cutting up an onion and a pepper (easy stuff)   it’s just a matter of opening cans and measuring out to get these ready for the oven! Do you always have cans of beans in your pantry? Just checking.

  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 8 thick sliced bacon pieces
  • 1 roasted red pepper from the jar, about 1/3 cup small diced
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar or plain distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 TBSP molasses
  • 2 tsp worcestershire  sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans, drained
  • 4 (28 oz) cans  pork and beans, not drained (I used Bush’s) 

Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Then heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Make sure that the pan is hot before adding the bacon!! Trust me, you do not want to test this out or you will be scraping your bacon off the bottom of the pan. Next, add the bacon and fry the bacon until it is almost crisp. Transfer the bacon to a plate and cut the slices in half.

Now, DO NOT pour out the bacon grease!!! I’m just sayin’ that you WILL  want to cook up your onions in that grease. Life and the beans will not be the same if you pour out that grease!  So, in the same skillet you used for the bacon, fry the onions, stirring them around in the bacon grease until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain off most of the fat from the onions and then set the skillet aside.

In a large mixing bowl (I am in love with this farmhouse bowl) add the cans of great northern beans and the pork and beans. One time I decided to soak raw beans overnight and cooked them for hours the next day and guess what, I liked the canned ones better!! If you are a bean purist, then go ahead and make your own beans. For the rest of us regular people, use the canned ones. To the beans add the cooked onion and bacon, and the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.

Pour the bean mixture into a very large baking dish, or two  9 x 13 foil baking pans. Next, place the pans on the center rack of the oven and bake for 1 -1/2 hours. Cool the beans slightly before serving.


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Grandma’s Real Southern Baked Beans

Made with real ingredients like bacon, roasted red pepper, molasses, brown sugar, and cider vinegar – this recipe will be a favorites! They're even better made ahead!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 311kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 8 slices bacon , thick sliced
  • 1/3 cup roasted red peppers, from a jar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar , or plain distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 30 ounces great northern beans, 2 (15-ounce) cans, drained
  • 112 ounces pork and beans, 4 (28-ounce) cans, NOT drained, use all of the included liquid

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Then heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon to the hot skillet and fry the bacon until it is almost crisp. Transfer the bacon to a plate and cut the slices in half.
  • DO NOT pour out the bacon grease. In the same skillet you used for the bacon, fry the onions, stirring them around in the bacon grease until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain off most of the fat from the onions and set the skillet aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cans of great northern beans and the pork and beans. To the beans add the cooked onion and bacon, and the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the bean mixture into a very large baking dish, or two 9 x 13 foil baking pans. Place the pans on the center rack of the oven and bake for 1 -1/2 hours. Cool the beans slightly before serving.

NOTES

Add in sliced jalapeno or banana peppers to taste if you want spicy beans.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Grandma’s Real Southern Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 904mg39%
Potassium 763mg22%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 47IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Laura, thanks so much for the comment and rating! It really makes my day to know that my recipes are enjoyed! 😀

  2. My family loved them… it is the best recipe! I have made this recipe twice and every time my family love it. Thank you!!!

  3. Hi Mike, I am so glad to hear that! Thanks for the comment and rating!😁.

  4. Just made these beans. The family absolutely loved them! We have tried a couple of baked beans recipes lately and this one was the hands down favorite.

  5. Hi Karen, I use my own barbecue sauce recipe ,if I have some on hand, or Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Sauce. Thanks for the question!😃.

  6. What brand of bar b q sauce do you recommend?

  7. Hi Terri! Yes, add them! Baked beans are great for customizing to your own tastes. I would saute the green bell peppers with the onions first then add them right in. Thanks for the great question and for stopping by!

  8. i live in south louisiana and love Lots of onions and green bell peppers is it ok to add green bell peppers and more onions thankyou

  9. From one bacon lover to another..I agree! Thanks and have a wonderful day!😁

  10. Made 1/2 recipe exactly followed instructions and ingredients. These are delicious! Because we’re bacon fanatics the only thing I would do is add more! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Edith, thanks for asking. Yes, I do drain the great northern beans, but not the cans of pork and beans. I revised the recipe to make that clear. Have a great one and thanks for stopping by!

  12. Do you drain the canned beans?

  13. Hi Elaine, thanks for the compliment and pin! I will look for your party again this week…love the reminder that gets emailed! Hugs- Christine

  14. Nothing better than a recipe past down from Grandma!! They look amazing!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Hope to see you again this week!! Have a great week!! Pinned!

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