Need to feed a large crowd? This recipe for Crock-Pot BIG POT of Baked Beans is for you. It is super easy to make and feeds 15 people or more nice generous servings.
Slow Cooker BIG POT of Baked Beans
A few months ago I was put in charge of the food at a church event and I really wanted to do a different menu then the standard “cold hamburgers” and “colder hot dogs” To be honest, I think the members of my church were a little sick of that menu.
So… I offered to cook the food with the stipulation that I got to pick the menu.
I pulled out all my slow cookers and borrowed a few from other ladies at church and decided on a menu of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and then I picked up some classic potato salad and macaroni salad from Costco.
The menu was a hit and everyone kept asking me for the recipe for these baked beans.
Little did they know how easy the beans were to make. The hardest part was frying up the bacon and chopping up the onion. I did that all way ahead of time and then tossed everything in the slow cooker and let it do it’s thing.
The beans are perfect, with all the right flavors and nothing too spicy. Your friends and family will be asking you too for the recipe!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot BIG POT of Baked Beans Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Large Skillet
- Wooden Spoon
- Cutting Board
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Dry Measuring Cups And Spoons
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe serves 15 generous portions already but if you have a very large slow cooker (7 quart or larger) you can double the recipe. You will need to increase the cooking time by an extra hour or two to make sure the raw onions get cooked.
If you have leftover baked beans or just want to make a big batch of beans and freeze them in smaller portions for meals you can easily do so. To freeze, let the beans cool to about room temperature and then spoon the beans into food safe freezer bags or containers. Label the beans with the contents and date frozen and stash them away in your freezer for up to 1 year. I just dump the frozen beans in a pot on the stove-top and heat them up over low heat. But you can also microwave them.
If you want to make your own canned baked beans, this recipe is great for that. Because baked beans are considered a u0022low acidu0022 food you will want to use a pressure canner. The National Center For Home Food Preserving has a great guide on how to pressure can baked beans.
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Crock-Pot BIG POT of Baked Beans Recipe
- 12 Slices Thick Sliced Center Cut Bacon
- 112 Ounces Canned Pork And Beans
- 1 Cup Barbecue Sauce
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 3 Medium Yellow Onions (Peeled And Diced)
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Mustard
- In a skillet on the stove-top cook the bacon until crispy, drain of paper towels and then chop bacon into bite sized pieces.
- Add chopped bacon and all remaining ingredients to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
I have had very good results with freezing beans like this in meal size portions. The key is remembering to move them to the refrigerator 24 hours ahead of time to thaw. As empty nesters it is the only way to make good baked beans and your recipe sounds delicious. I will be pinning and trying it soon.
Good basic recipe. I also added about 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 c brown sugar and a 1/4 cup honey with 1 can each of lima beans, kidney beans and navy beans to mix things up for a change too. (Increase sugar if u like beans sweeter as I do)
Lady Heidi says
Sounds great Sandy!
Nancy McCullough says
I bet pulled pork would also be great along with the bacon in this recipe!!
Lady Sarah says
Hi. Do you think this would work with ½ cup of brown sugar instead of an entire cup?
Crock-Pot Ladies says
Hi Paul, if you would like your beans a little less sweet you can use 1/2 of a cup of brown sugar.