Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans

sweet & smokey BBQ Beans

Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans

Baked Beans are quintessential BBQ food.  With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s time to gather your recipes for an end-of-summer bash.  Celebrate the kids going back to school, the fall colors starting in Colorado and slightly cooler temperatures on the way.  I worked with Kuner’s Foods to test their Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans recipe, and let me tell you that this is a wonderful recipe to serve at any BBQ or gathering!

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of the pre-made canned baked beans.  They are way too sweet for my taste and I really like to control the ingredients that I consume and that I serve my family.  In this recipe, you are adding all-natural, wholesome ingredients that allow you to actually taste the tanginess of the apple cider vinegar, the sweetness of the brown sugar and molasses and the smokiness of the bacon in every bite of this dish.

I served these Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans at dinner last night as a side to a grilled beef tri-tip roast and the entire skillet was devoured, leaving no leftovers for lunch. Next time I will definitely make a double batch because I’m sure these taste even better the next day.  Truth be told, I was shocked that my 6-year-old ate the baked beans, but since she helped in the preparation and saw the whole dish come together, she was more apt to eat.  You can serve hot or at room temperature, both ways taste great!

Be sure to check out more great recipes from Kuner’s on their website.  You can also get a printable coupon for $1/3 off Kuner’s products

Check out all these natural ingredients that you combine to make the most delicious BBQ Baked Beans – three kinds of beans, brown sugar, dry mustard, tomato paste and sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic, and bacon!

kuners sweet & smoky BBQ Baked Beans

This is the perfect dish to make in your cast iron skillet and take directly from stove to table!  First, you’ll create the sauce by using the bacon drippings and sauteing the onion and garlic.  You’ll add all the sauce ingredients to the pan, bring to a boil, and eventually add the beans.  This is what the beans look like when you just add them to the sauce.  I took a taste at this point and got a heavy flavor of apple cider vinegar and garlic.  You’ll need to let the beans simmer for about 10 minutes in the sauce to absorb all the flavors and get the thick consistency for the sauce.

kuners sweet & smokey beans

Once the beans have simmered in the sauce for about 10 – 15 minutes, the sauce thickens and flavors the beans all the way through.  I added the bacon to the last 5 minutes of cooking because I like to have a little crunch in my beans.  If you don’t like the crunch of the bacon, you can always add it when you add the beans and it will be as soft as the beans, but still have that recognizable bacon flavor.

sweet & smokey BBQ beans

Kuner’s Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans Recipe

Serving size: 6 

Total Time to Prepare – Under 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 slice bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 (15oz) can Kuner’s® Red Kidney Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 (15oz) can Kuner’s® Pinto Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 (15oz) can Kuner’s® White Kidney Beans (Cannellini), drained, rinsed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel, but leave drippings in the skillet.
  • Add onion to skillet; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  • Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, tomato paste and mustard. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in beans, pepper and bacon; bring to a boil. Cover; simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  • Uncover; simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

sweet & smoky BBQ baked beans in cast iron skillet

sweet & smoky BBQ baked beans in cast iron skillet

Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans Recipe

The best homemade BBQ baked beans recipe!  Combine 3 kinds of beans, bacon, brown sugar, and molasses to have the perfect sweet & smoky BBQ Beans for any gathering.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 160kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 slice bacon chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 15oz can Kuner’s® Red Kidney Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 15oz can Kuner’s® Pinto Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 15oz can Kuner’s® White Kidney Beans (Cannellini), drained, rinsed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel, but leave drippings in the skillet.
  • Add onion to skillet; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  • Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, tomato paste and mustard. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in beans, pepper and bacon; bring to a boil. Cover; simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  • Uncover; simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal

 

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2 thoughts on “Sweet & Smokey BBQ Beans”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! We tried for Labor Day and it was outstanding! I also don’t like canned baked beans, and was surprised at how easy and delicious this recipe was to make. Will make it again for sure!

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