With only 5 ingredients this easy recipe for Crock-Pot Grandma’s Famous Baked Beans is a crowd pleaser and one of our most popular baked bean recipes!
Crock-Pot Grandma’s Famous Baked Beans
This recipe was sent to us by Crock-Pot Ladies reader Pam Barnes for her grandma’s famous baked beans done up in the slow cooker.
We just love “grandma recipes” they are always the best aren’t they?
Unless your grandma can’t cook…
Then this recipe is for you because it comes from a grandma that CAN cook!
Thanks Pam and her grandma for the great recipe!
This recipe serves a crowd too…12 servings. So this is a great dish to take to your next pot-luck or serve at a outdoor barbecue. Everyone loves some baked beans at a BBQ right?
There is a wee bit of prep work involved with these beans…but not too much. Just cutting up some onion and frying up some bacon.
You had me at bacon Pam’s grandma!
Then you just open up some cans of baked beans and toss those in (Pam prefers Bush’s Baked Beans, but feel free to use whatever brand YOU like). And then, just let it simmer away for 4 hours and let it rest for 1 hour, to thicken up those beautiful bean juices.
That sounds wrong…bean juices.
But oh well…that is what they are!
- Center Cut Bacon – I like to use center cut bacon because it contains less fat and more bacon.
- Sweet Onion – You will want to use a sweet onion in this recipe such as a Walla Walla onion or Walla Walla onion. If you can find them. If not a white onion will work too.
- Canned Baked Beans – Use your favorite brand of canned baked beans.
- Brown Sugar – In this recipe I used dark brown sugar because it has more of a great molasses flavor. But light brown sugar works too.
- Bottled Barbecue Sauce – You can use whatever your favorite brand of BBQ sauce.
- Dice raw bacon into small pieces and cook in a medium skillet over medium-high heat on the stove-top until crispy. Using a slotted spoon remove cooked bacon from pan and allow to drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease off from the pan and place pan back on stove and add the diced onion and cook until the onion just starts to turn golden in color.
- Add the canned beans, cooked bacon, onion, brown sugar and BBQ sauce all to a 5 to 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Turn slow cooker off and allow the beans to set for at least 1 hour to allow the sauce to thicken.
- 5 Quart, 5.5 Quart Or 6 Quart Slow Cooker
- Cutting Board
- Slotted Spoon
- Paper Towels
- Can Opener
- Dry Measuring Cups
Can I Prepare These Baked Beans Ahead Of Time?
This recipe for baked beans can be prepared ahead of time. In fact, the flavors develop and only get better if made a day or two ahead of time. You can make this recipe up to 5 days in advance of when you want to serve them and store them in the refrigerator. To reheat the baked beans you can put them back in your slow cooker and set the temperature to the LOW setting for about 2 hours or until the beans are hot. And then turn your slow cooker to the WARM setting to keep the beans warm for up to 5 hours while serving.
Can I Double This Recipe?
This recipe can easily be doubled. To double the recipe use a larger slow cooker (6 quart or larger) and cook for an additional 1 hour.
Do These Baked Beans Freeze Well?
Baked beans freeze well for longer term storage. If you have leftover baked beans or just want to make a big batch of beans and store them in the freezer you can easily do that. Once the beans are cooked, turn your slow cooker OFF and allow the beans to come to room temperature. Then, spoon the beans into freezer containers or freezer zippered plastic food storage bags. Label your containers or bags with their contents and date and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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