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Southern-Style Baked Beans

Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy. Made with canned pork and beans, thick-cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey and then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven until done.

It’s Bbq season, Y’all, and time to bring out those favorite casseroles and share them with friends and family this summer. I love my Southern-Style Baked Beans because they have that tangy bite to them, yet still have a sweet taste; it’s the best of both worlds.

 Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey; then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven until done.My mama makes her Baked Beans a little differently, more or less on the tangy side. I would say, and if you love a good old-fashioned zesty Southern Baked Bean recipe, hers is perfect. However, I love a hint of sweetness to my Baked beans, so of course, I add the barbecue sauce where she may add a tangy barbecue sauce, more ketchup, and a tad of steak sauce with all the other ingredients listed below.

One of the most important ideas behind making this recipe is using a plain Jane can of pork and beans, don’t go running off to the market buying the fancy brands y’ all because you want your flavor to shine through when you are making this recipe. When we were kids, my mom used to buy Campbell’s brand, which was reasonably straightforward, but you can use whatever plain brand you prefer.

 

 

Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey; then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven until done.This recipe is also good with about 1 pound of lean ground beef added along with the bacon. Have you ever had baked beans with ground beef before? Oh, my, it’s so darn good it’s almost ridiculous. Yes, it’s that good.

 

 

 

Southern-Style Baked Beans

  • Eight slices of thick-cut bacon
  • One large Vidalia onion chopped
  • 1/2 of a cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce sweet or tangy
  • Two tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • One tablespoon of pure honey
  • One tablespoon of yellow or spicy mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 4-8-ounce cans of plain pork and beans
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to own taste
 
 

Instructions

  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat before adding six slices of bacon, cook until 3/4 of the way did. Remove from the cast iron skillet and reserve on a plate until needed. Drain the bacon grease off into a heat-safe container to use for another recipe such as biscuits, etc.
  2. Chop one Vidalia onion and dice about  1/2 cup green bell pepper.
  3. Place the cast-iron skillet bacon on medium heat and then add chopped onion and diced green bell pepper. Sauté for about 2 minutes to slightly soften. Reserve until needed.
  4. Combine 1/2 of a cup of barbecue sauce, two tablespoons of ketchup, 1/4 of a cup of lightly packed brown sugar, one tablespoon of organic honey, one tablespoon of yellow mustard, and onion powder.
  5. Once the above mixture is joined, add 4-8-ounce cans of pork and beans, combine it, and taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Top the baked beans with the bacon you have reserved.
  7. Bake in a 350-degrees oven for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Notes: This recipe is also good with about 1 pound of lean ground beef added along with the bacon if you want to make it a bit more hearty, but it’s optional.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey; then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven until done.
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Southern-Style Baked Beans

Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick-cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey; then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven until done.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Baked Beans, Southern Baked Beans
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 301kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Thick-cut bacon cooked, chopped
  • 1 large Vidalia onion chopped
  • ½ cup Green bell pepper diced
  • cup Barbecue sauce sweet or tangy
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pure honey
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard yellow or spicy
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion powder
  • 4- 8-ounce Plain Baked Beans
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • ground black peppercorns to own taste

Instructions

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat before adding 6 slices of bacon, cook until¾ of the way done. Remove from the cast iron skillet and reserve on a plate until needed. Drain the bacon grease off into a heat-safe container to use for another recipe such as biscuits, etc.
  • Chop one Vidalia onion and dice about ½ cup green bell pepper.
  • Place the cast iron skillet bacon on medium heat and then add chopped onion and diced green bell pepper, sauté for about 2 minutes to slightly soften. Reserve until needed.
  • Combine 1½ of a cup of barbecue sauce, 2 tablespoons of ketchup,¼ of a cup of lightly packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of organic honey, 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard, and onion powder.
  • Once the above mixture is joined add 4-8-ounce cans of pork and beans, combine, season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Top the baked beans with the bacon you have reserved.
  • Bake in a 350-degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

 

 
 
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Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey; then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven until done.

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Pam
    April 23, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I haven’t had baked beans in a while and you’ve got me fired up to make these! Sound wonderful, and how perfect since it’s Vidalia onion season.

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    April 23, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Oh my! these baked beans look and sound delicious! Thanks as always for sharing.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Thank you Mary!!! Have a great day

  • Reply
    pattysaveurs80
    April 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Oh my world! This is ultimate comfort food for me, my mouth waters just looking at the pictures, can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!!!

  • Reply
    Blogtastic Food
    April 23, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Baked beans are often associated with sloppy old canned food. But you’ve shown that they can be amazing! Awesome job Heidy!!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 18, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Yes! They are fantastic when done. Thank you

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