These BBQ baked beans in a slow cooker are the perfect side dish for your next potluck or BBQ. They are sweet, savory, beefy, hearty, and oh so delicious!
The BEST BBQ Baked Beans
Every time we have a big family BBQ or gathering, my mother-in-law makes these delicious barbecue baked beans. They are always a hit! I have had BBQ beans many times before and these are hands-down my favorite. They are hearty, full of great flavor, and not to mention SUPER easy to prepare. I will never make BBQ baked beans any other way!
There are so many ways to make this BBQ beans recipe just the way you like it. If you want to use something besides ground beef, try it with smoked sausage, pulled pork, ham, or even shredded chicken. If you want to switch up the beans, you can add navy beans, dark kidney beans, chili beans, or pinto beans.
Are BBQ Baked Beans Gluten Free?
This recipe for BBQ baked beans is naturally gluten-free. The only thing that you may want to keep an eye on is the BBQ sauce and the pork and beans. If you make the recipe as written below with our suggestions you should be fine. If you have a favorite BBQ sauce or a different brand of pork and beans that you like, just be sure to double-check that it is GF.
How to make Crock Pot BBQ Baked Beans
Crock Pot BBQ Baked Beans
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3 (15 oz) cans pork and beans (we used Van Camp's)
- 1 (16 oz) can butter beans drained
- 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans drained
- 1/2 c. barbecue sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray's)
- 1/4 c. ketchup
- 2 Tbsp molasses (or dark Karo syrup)
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
Fry bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel and crumble or chop into smaller pieces.
Pour off most of the grease from pan and add ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook until ground beef is browned and onions are soft and clear. Season to taste with salt and pepper
Place ground beef mixture and bacon crumbles into a large slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Cover with lid and cook on high 1-2 hours or on low for 4- 6+ hours.