Baked Beans

Baked Beans

For years I’ve been looking for a baked beans recipe to make that I like and have yet to find one.  I’ve scoured the internet, cookbooks, and even asked friends, and nothing.  The other day I did make a recipe that I liked but it’s still lacking something. 

Have you ever been to Bandana’s BBQ?  I love their baked beans and apparently they use a couple cans of beans and then doctor them up.  If you have that recipe please share it with me, I’d love it.

The recipe that I made the other night was tasty and I’m hoping that they’ll taste that much better when I reheat them after freezing the leftovers.  I combined several different recipes together all very similar but each had something extra added.  I’d like the sauce on this to be a bit thicker and heartier.  One recipe called for adding in ground beef – I opted to leave that out since I wasn’t looking for a meal on baked beans.  Some included vinegar and others bbq sauce or ketchup.  After pulling them altogether, this is what I came up with.

While very tasty I was really looking for the Bandana’s version.  If you’re looking for a homemade or doctored up recipe for Baked Beans you might try these.  However, if you have a recipe like Bandana’s or one that you think will knock my socks off please share it with me.  I LOVE baked beans.

Baked Beans


  • 1 lb. smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz) can favorite baked beans
  • 1 (28 oz) can Navy Beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  2. Fry bacon in a large skillet until crisp.
  3. Remove bacon from pan leaving 4 Tbsp. bacon drippings in pan.  Drain bacon on paper towel and set aside.
  4. Add onion and peppers to pan and saute until soft, about 7 minutes
  5. Stir in beans, molasses, sugar, BBQ sauce, vinegar, mustard and bacon.  Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  6. Pour bean mixture into a large casserole dish and bake, uncovered for 45 minutes.
  7. Serve. Enjoy!!!

Leftovers can be placed in a container with lid and placed in the freezer.  When ready to serve, defrost and heat slowly so the beans don't get mushy.

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  1. Don’t you just love being able to recreate a dish that you usually have to pay for? These look like some delicious beans! Great recipe!

  2. o … i just bought 2 tins of baked beans!!! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe, Vicki.

  3. These beans look so delicious! I love the colour, and how thick and stew-filled it is 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. These sound good! Never been to Bandana’s, so I don’t know what you’re looking for, but the flavors in your beans here are a lot like the ones I make. I’ve never put peppers in mine- will have to try! 🙂

    • The peppers were fine but I wasn’t a huge fan of them. I’m not even sure why I added them since I’ve never had peppers in my baked beans before. If you’re use to having them without don’t bother adding them IMO it didn’t do much for me. That said you might enjoy them!

  5. I’ve had Bandana’s baked beans, but don’t remember what they taste like! My go-to easy baked beans are similar to yours. I eliminate the molasses and usually the mustard. Use only baked beans, and substitute green pepper for the red bell pepper. No vinegar, because I use a BBQ sauce that’s vinegar-heavy (and I use a lot more than you do, although mine is probably more runny). And usually add both jalapeno pepper and Tabasco, just because I like it spicy. 😉 I’m currently working on a from-scratch baked bean recipe that’s heavy on the chipotle. Needs some work, but it shows promise. Anyway, your recipe looks pretty good as-is to me — I’ve made something almost identical in the past, and it’s good stuff. 😉

    • Ooh I like the sound of the chipotle. Next time I think I’ll add that, in adobo sauce.

      There was some stuff written up about Bandana’s beans. I literally could eat an entire quart of their beans – but I wouldn’t dare, my stomach would be doing awful things I’m sure. 😉

  6. We love baked beans! This sounds quite similar to my favorite recipe but I haven’t tried molasses in them yet. I’ll bet they’re delicious!

  7. Cute and tasty recipe..and one more your photos are really aweasome

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