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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, it's a family favorite! #mustlovehomecooking

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!
3.63 from 120 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 45 minutes
Servings :20 servings
Calories :312
Course :Side Dish


  • 1 cup yellow onion small diced, about 1 medium onion
  • 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
  • 2 15-ounce cans great northern beans drained
  • 4 28-ounce cans pork and beans DO NOT drain, use all of the included liquid


  • 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.

Chef Tips

Add in sliced jalapeno or banana peppers to taste if you want spicier beans.
Recipe makes enough beans to serve a party, it can be easily cut in half for a family friendly amount.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cupCalories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 13gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 904mgPotassium: 768mgFiber: 12gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 4mg

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