Every barbecue needs the perfect side dish and THIS IS IT!
I love that I can throw these beans in my slow cooker and let them simmer all day long. These tangy beans are perfectly thick and sweet after a couple of hours in the crockpot.
This baked beans recipe is one that we use for all of our family potlucks and summer parties. It only has 6 simple ingredients (one of them is bacon!!) and can be thrown together in just a few minutes.
Shortcuts: How to make Baked Beans In SLOW COOKer
For this recipe, we actually use a couple cans of Pork and Beans. Some recipes require that you use hard beans, soak them, then cook them for long periods of time.
Our recipe just has you dump in the cans of Pork and Beans and then we are going to add some more ingredients to make them even more delicious and dress them up a little.
After the beans have simmered all day, add in the cooked bacon. You don’t want to have the bacon cook with the beans all day because it will be limp and soggy.
To save time, cook your bacon the night before and then just crumble it on top when you are ready to serve.
You could also use pre-cooked bacon from the grocery store.
Why cook baked beans in the slow cooker?
I love making these in the slow cooker because it’s one dish that I can prep earlier in the day and then they are ready to go when it’s time to eat.
I also love that the slow cooker doesn’t heat up my entire house. They also do not require me to stand over a hot stove-top to prepare them.
If you are short on time, you could prepare these in a large stock pot on your stove top. Add all the ingredients to the pot over and let it simmer for 30 minutes or when the beans have thickened up.
Baked Beans add-ins or substitutions:
- add in chopped green bell pepper
- add in chopped red bell pepper
- substitute the mustard for 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder
- add in cooked ground beef or diced ham
- add in diced hot dogs
- add in a jalapeno pepper to add some heat
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More BBQ side dishes to try:
- Red Potato Salad
- Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob
- Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
- The Best Creamy Pasta Salad
- Loaded Broccoli Salad
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