These BBQ Baked Beans are a little sweet, a little smokey, and I just love the texture! Imagine eating these this summer alongside jalapeno cheddar cornbread and a big, juicy, cheesy cheeseburger!
Ahhhh. It feels good to be back 🙂 Trevor had the day off yesterday, so I decided to give myself the day off, too. We took Teddy to the park, got stuff done around the house, and I maaaay have binge watched The Bachelor while Trevor was getting work done. I confess, The Bachelor totally hooked me in this time, probably because Chris is from Iowa, so I have a soft spot for this season in particular….but on to more important things. Things like beans.
I love beans. Black beans, pinto beans, green beans, garbanzo beans, baked beans. If beans are present, I will eat them plain, or find a way to incorporate them into a dish. I love black beans in breakfast egg rolls (majorly craving these btw), green beans as a healthy side dish, garbanzo beans in my hummus, and as for baked beans? I think they make an appropriate side dish for just about any meal.
These BBQ Baked Beans in particular are going to bring you back to the days last summer when the sun was shining, the days were long and warm, and you ate your weight in stuffed cheeseburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad, and of course, baked beans. Oh…that was just me? Apparently I don’t follow the “bikini season” diet very closely. 😉
Seattle is seriously messing with me. Some days are sunny and warm and amazing and I love every stinkin’ minute of it! Then the next day it’s rainy and cold and all I want to do is skip past the next 6 weeks of winter (thanks a lot, Phil) and fast forward to summer. Although summer is still a ways off, I couldn’t wait that long to make my own BBQ baked beans! Trevor and I have been enjoying these for lunch, dinner, and midnight snacks. 😉 Oh and these taste GREAT next to a Blue Moon.
These BBQ baked beans start with 2 cans of Busch’s Original Baked Beans, because let’s be real, Busch knows how to make baked beans. Plus, I fully support any company that uses a really cute dog to promote beans. I know I could’ve made my own beans by starting with uncooked pinto beans, but I really wanted this to be a super simple and tasty side dish! Sometimes you just gotta keep it easy.
Put the baked beans into a large bowl and add in yellow mustard, ketchup, maple syrup, dark brown sugar, lemon juice and salt. Now for my secret ingredient…s! I actually have three. First, let’s get that bacon going. Busch’s beans already have bacon, but are you really going to question putting more bacon into your BBQ baked beans?
I didn’t think so.
Start with a cold metal skillet and place about 8 oz of bacon in a single layer. Turn the heat to medium and cook until just crispy. Remove this from the pan, dab off any excess grease, and dice into bite sized pieces.
Next comes my second secret! Cook some diced onions IN the bacon grease. Oh yea. Those are going to be the best darn onions you’ve ever had. Cook these until they have a just a slight bite…they’ll continue cooking the oven.
Now place the cooked bacon and onions into the BBQ baked beans.
For my last and final secret: Rib Rub! This is what makes them “BBQ flavored”. Last week I was fortunate enough to be provided with 14 different spice blends from Spicee Gourmet! When I got them in the mail, I immediately opened (and smelled) them all! It’s like being at the Yankee Candle store and having to smell all the candles before you leave…is that just me, again?!
Aaaaanyway, I came across their St. Louis Rib Rub and the smell immediately made me think of summer and BBQ baked beans, so I knew I had to make some ASAP. Let me tell you, it adds such a great depth of flavor that really sets them apart from other baked beans recipes! Add this spice blend to the baked beans and stir it up!
Place in an oven safe dish and cover with tin foil. Bake these in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the foil, stir the mixture, and bake for another 15 minutes or until the BBQ baked beans are hot!
These. Are. So. Good. Like if it’s ok to have an obsession with BBQ baked beans, then I’ll admit it, I’m totally obsessed. They’re a little sweet, a little smokey, and I just love the texture – they’re just…I don’t know….YUM! Like I said, I could eat these as a side dish to any meal, but I can already imagine eating these this summer alongside jalapeno cheddar cornbread and a big, juicy, cheesy cheeseburger!
What’s your favorite grill out side dish? Can you guess mine? 😉 Show me the yummy!
- 8 oz bacon about 7 strips
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 (16 oz) cans Busch's original baked beans
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Spicee Gourmet's St. Louis Rib Rub
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Start with a cold metal skillet and place about 8 oz of bacon in a single layer. Turn the heat to medium and cook until just crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan, but leave the bacon grease in the pan! Dab off any excess grease, and dice the bacon into bite sized pieces.
- Now, cook the diced onions in the bacon grease.
- Place all the ingredients (including cooked bacon and onions) into a large bowl.
- Stir and place into an oven safe dish. Cover this with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove the tin foil, stir, and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes, or until the beans are hot!
* This is not a sponsored post. Spicee Gourmet, however, did provide the spices for this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 🙂