Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans.


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It’s Thursday! Which lately, has been a pretty popular recipe day around here. So I’m just going to go with that, mmk?

So, for about five years, I didn’t eat red meat or pork. Quite often, that made burger-and-hot dog-laden-BBQs a little bit depressing, as I would either have to bring a veggie burger with me to toss on the grill, or stick to side dishes – while I love potato salad, I don’t really want to make an entire meal out of it.

For one BBQ, my mom decided to make homemade baked beans, subbing turkey bacon for regular bacon so I would eat it. I’d never had it before…and I’m pretty sure I begged her to bring it to every BBQ we attended thereafter. A side dish that could sub as a main = ideal.

And for when I needed a baked bean quick-fix, a new obsession was born:

Baked Beans

The canned baked beans – specifically, the maple style. Have you ever had baked beans on a sweet potato? I highly recommend you try it.

While delicious, it’s safe to say that baked beans tend to be pretty high in sugar. Most recipes that I’ve found include some combination of ketchup, brown sugar and maple syrup…delicious, but something that can be improved upon.

So, that’s what I did. I wanted it to be super simple too, so I made it a slow cooker recipe – nothing better than coming home and finding dinner made for you. I choose to use canned beans as well, for simplicity’s sake. There’s still a bit of sweetness to them, but not overwhelmingly so. It depends a lot of the type of BBQ sauce you use – I used a tequila habanero BBQ sauce, so mine weren’t as sweet and had a spicy kick to it. 


Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

Baked Beans

Serves 4-6


  • 2 canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional, if you want a really sweet sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • about 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (you can leave out, but the sauce will stay pretty watery)


1. Drain and rinse kidney beans.

Rinsed Kidney beans


2. Add beans, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, celery, garlic, molasses, Worcestershire, maple syrup (if using), salt and pepper to slow cooker. Stir to combine. 

Slow Cooker

3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Alternatively, you could do about 4-6 hours on low.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans


4. About 20 minutes before serving, cook bacon until crispy. I cooked (burned) mine in the oven. When cool enough to handle, crumble into beans.

With Bacon


5. Sprinkle xanthan gum over beans and stir until sauce has thickened. 

Baked Beans 2


I was seriously happy with how these turned out. A bit tangy, a bit sweet, and a bit smokey from the bacon.

Baked Bean Dinner


Served with buttered toast and stir-fried snap peas made for a pretty fabulous dinner.

See you here tomorrow for the Friday lists!

<— What’s your favourite BBQ dish? I love BBQ chicken….and hot dogs. Yup, I freakin’ adore hot dogs.

<— Are you a baked bean fan?

<— What’s your favourite BBQ sauce? I’m a fan of Stubbs original, myself.


  1. So much knowledge to soak up! Yoda I have learned the way of baked beans! Looks like a lovely thing to have with toast! I love BBQ chicken or sausages- my nonna has chickens and I know the butchers that make the sausages from local meat- makes it extra special knowing the animal was well cared for. It also makes it extra tasty as the mineral rich and varied diet the animals eat really add a depth of flavour! A lovely addition we add to the BBQ meats is fried rosemary. The other great thing about BBQ is the leftovers make such great sandwiches on buttered ciabatta xo Sophia
  2. OMG I need that can of Heinz- I didn’t even know a maple variety existed! I’m a bit of baked beans snob when it comes to the canned varieties- only Heinz will do! When I was in boarding school, one of my favorite lunches were jacket potatoes with baked beans & grated cheese- luckily it was always available! Have you tried baked beans with cottage cheese? Highly recommended!

    Unfortunately we don’t own a slow cooker but I am going to recreate something similar and hopefully it turns out as delicious as yours :)!

  3. -I- enjoy bean dishes, but my stomach isn’t the biggest fan so I don’t tend to have them all that often. And can you believe that I don’t think I’ve ever even had baked beans? Beans were never a big thing in my house while I was growing up, and when I started experimenting with cooking on my own, I just never thought to try them. Instead, BBQ’s were always about chicken and corn on the cob
    • Is it terrible that I’ve only had BBQ corn on the cob once or twice? I think so, because it was pretty awesome.
  4. I absolutely LOVE baked beans but haven’t had them in far too long. I love how yours cook in the slow cooker – perfect for how lazy I’m being with cooking these days Since I’m vegetarian, I’m thinking I could leave out the bacon and add some liquid smoke instead!
    This reminds me of some canned maple baked beans I used to buy at whole foods. I completely forgot about them so thanks for the reminder
  5. I LOVE baked beans! They’ve been a favourite of mine ever since I was a kid – my grandma always used to make them with added chopped up hot dogs in them. SO good. I made my own version a few times last summer, but I haven’t made them since. I really need to change that. Other than baked beans, my favourite BBQ foods are sausages and burgers.
  6. I’ve actually never tried baked beans – major weirdo alert.
    I’m not sure why, I think as a kid the texture freaked me out, and now I just haven’t had the chance to try them again.
    They do looks good though.
    Favorite bbq dish will always be grilled veggies. Lame, I know. But, they just taste so gosh darn delicious once grilled! Especially when they’re coated in spices and coconut oil. Yum.
    • That’s ok, I seriously doubt I would have touched them as a kid either. And grilled veggies are pretty awesome! My mom used to make them all the time on the BBQ and they were awesome.
  7. Oh these baked beans sound really good! I love baked beans but your right they usually so have a lot of sugar. I have never thought of making my own but I now have a great recipe to try this summer!
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  8. oh YUM! those baked beans look sooo good, especially with the bacon oh. em. gee. i’m a huge baked bean fan. especially with hot dogs!! perfect combination when it comes to grilling i like it all – hot dogs, burgers, italian sausages, ribs. (ah is it time for lunch yet, im getting so hungry thinking about this )
  9. Baked beans are one of my favorites, I can easily just eat them for a meal. They’re that good. Oh and with some bread.. perfect!

    Thanks for this yummy recipe!

  10. I LOVE baked beans, but always have to make sure that I buy the vegetarian cans. I should try to make my own vegetarian version at home!
  11. I love chicken BBQ too! And hot dogs
    I’m not a huge baked bean person, but I’ve only ever had my school’s glop, so I dunno
    I’m not picky, I just love BBQ sauce
  12. i love anything with bbq flavor., will have to make this one!!
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  15. Omg, I LOVE baked beans, but it’s so hard to find some that aren’t overly sweet! I’ve never actually tried making my own before. I’ll have to try this out soon…oh yes, it’s been TOO long since I’ve broken out the slow cooker! And baked bean topped sweet potatoes are the best! Yum!

    Favorite BBQ dish: Deviled eggs! I know for most people it’s just an Easter thing, but my family does them for pretty much every holiday/family get together. If not those, then definitely my loaded baked potato salad…which again, ALWAYS makes it to family cook outs!

    • Deviled eggs absolutely make it to any sort of family event, including BBQs! My uncle makes them and we’re all obsessed.
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