Sweet and Smokey Baked Beans



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I had never really cared for beans growing up, but these were on the table at my sisters open house a few years ago so I took a tiny serving to be polite. When I finally took a bite of them I couldn’t believe how good they were! Not like any beans I have ever had- these had so much flavor, had pieces of bacon in them, and had this perfect sweetness that left me wanting more. I went back and got a big serving and quickly ate it, still amazed that I was enjoying beans so much. I had to have this recipe and I’m so glad it was kindly shared. Now I can share it with all of you so you can enjoy them as well.

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You most likely have all the ingredients to make these already and they are so easy! They do cook for a few hours, but that is totally hands off so it’s not hard- just place them in the oven and do whatever else you need to do. The low and slow is what develops the flavor and thickens them up. I don’t like to stir them because it forms this sweet, caramelized crust on top that is the very best part. Of course you can stir them if you want to, but I think you’ll like that part.

You will love these! The perfect combination of sweet, smokey, and savory makes them so delicious. These beans turned me from a bean hater to a bean lover!!

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Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 3 hr
Total Time: 3 hr 10 min


  • 4 15oz cans great nothern beans
  • 1 3/4 cup ketchup (an entire 14oz bottle)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced onion


  1. Preheat oven to 300° and spray a 13×9 with non-stick spray.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans and dump them into a large bowl.
  3. Add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, bacon, and onion.
  4. Stir until it is well combined and pour into prepared pan.
  5. Cover with foil and cook 3 hours, removing foil for the last hour.
  6. You can cook them up to 6 hours, just leave the foil on until the last hour.
  7. Serves: 8-10

Hi, I’m Ashley & I’m so happy you’re here!

Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!