Barbecue Baked Beans

BBQ Baked Beans

My great uncle Gerald was a cook in the National Guard. I always remember that if we had a family event, he was going to bring baked beans. I took his recipe and made it my own. His called for Kraft barbecue sauce and some other stuff. We have our own barbecue sauce at Sam Jones BBQ, and our beans are meatier. My daddy still prefers Uncle Gerald’s recipe. He swears it’s better than mine, Kraft barbecue sauce and all. Everyone has the right to be wrong.

Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe

Serves 8 to 10


1/2 Pound (80/20) ground beef
1/4 bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch dice
1/2 small red onion cut into 1/4 inch dice
2 (15-ounce) cans pork and beans, drained
1 cup sweet barbecue sauce


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef together with the bell pepper and onion. Cook the beef all the way through while stirring to break the beef into chunks. The onion and pepper should be wilted. Drain the fat off the beef once it’s done.

Pour the beef mixture into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish or a dutch oven. Add the beans and barbecue sauce and mix well. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from Whole Hog BBQ by Sam Jones & Daniel Vaughn, copyright © 2019. Photographs by Denny Culbert. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.