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These BBQ baked beans in a crock pot are the perfect side dish for your next potluck or BBQ. They are sweet, savory, beefy, hearty, and oh so delicious!
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Every time we have a big family BBQ or gathering, my mother-in-law makes these delicious barbecue baked beans in the crockpot. They are always a hit! I have had BBQ baked 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 in the Crockpot. I will never make BBQ baked beans any other way!
Ingredients in Crockpot BBQ Baked Beans
- Ground beef
- Onion – chopped
- Garlic – minced
- Pork and beans
- Butter beans – drained
- Kidney beans – drained
- Barbecue sauce
- Brown sugar
- Molasses – or dark Karo syrup
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
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 Crockpot recipe 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 the label for the gluten-free symbol.
What to serve with BBQ Baked Beans
This crock pot side dish is so hearty you could practically eat it as the main dish. But let’s be honest, most of the time these beans are playing a supporting role to another main entree. Try them with the amazing Blue Cheese Smoked Brisket Burger or any of these Summer BBQ Grill Recipes.
In the mood for beans but not the BBQ style? Try this amazing Crockpot White Chicken Chili. You will not be sorry!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it’s easier to overcook canned beans in the slow cooker when cooking on high, but it’s still okay to do so, just be sure to check on them.
Yes! The problem comes in if you wanted to slow cook DRY beans. Because most slow cookers do not reach the boiling point (212°F), beans prepared in them without soaking and cooking them first will carry the toxin called lectin.
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How to Make Crockpot BBQ Baked Beans
Crockpot BBQ Baked Beans
- Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)
- ½ pound bacon
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 45 ounces pork and beans (Van Camp's is gluten-free)
- 16 ounces butter beans drained
- 15 ounces kidney beans drained
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's is gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons mustard
- 2 tablespoons molasses (or dark Karo syrup)
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon 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 crockpot.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Cover with lid and cook on high 1-2 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.
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These are a must have for any BBQ or potluck! Made them over the weekend and everyone kept asking for the recipe. I’d call that a winner!
I love using my slow cooker in the summer. Such a great way to make dinner without heating up the kitchen. Thank for you sharing this delicious recipe. We loved it.
What a fun, family friendly recipe! Can’t wait to enjoy this for dinner tonight!
These baked beans look and sound good! I love that you used ground beef, that must give a really nice flavor boost over just plain baked beans.
Nothing beats a great pot of beans at a BBQ! Can’t wait to try out this crock pot version!
Those are some GOOD LOOKING beans!
😀 haha thanks Hailey!
Love that these are in a slow cooker! I’m all about baked beans, but not turning on the oven this time of year. Can’t wait to try!