The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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Slow Cooker Baked Beans are chock-full of bacon and beef, sweetened with molasses and then slowly cooked until thick and sweet. If you’ve been reading this blog for long at all, you might notice that I very rarely name anything “the best.”

The Best Crock-Pot Baked Beans recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

There are many foods that we love and that we make over and over, but for something to be labeled the best, I feel like it needs to be a “wow” food.

You might be thinking that these are just baked beans, how amazing can they be, right? Well, they are pretty darn amazing as it turns out.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Our friend, Tony, brought these beans to a barbecue at our house two years ago and they blew me away.

These beans are so tasty, so full of meat, so sweet and hearty, I  might have “accidentally” tucked a container of Tony’s leftovers deep into my fridge and then forgotten to give them to him at the end of the night. Later, I asked him if he’d please send me the recipe and lucky for all of us, he was happy to share it.

We have made these beans so many times since then, I couldn’t possibly keep count. I’ve served them with Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken, Memphis Style Dry Ribs, Garlic and Paprika Rubbed Steaks, and just about any other main dish you can imagine.

These baked beans are fantastic as a side dish, but honestly, I could happily just eat the beans on their own. This recipe really is outstanding. Thanks again, Tony!

The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Kitchen Tip: I use this slow cooker to make this recipe.

Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe

  1. Drain all the beans, except for one can of Pork & Beans.
  2. Combine the ground beef, bacon, kidney beans, white beans, Pork & Beans, onions, brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, and yellow mustard in the crockpot.
  3. Heat on HIGH for at least 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.


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The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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Three different beans, bacon, and beef are simmered with molasses and slowly cooked until thick and sweet.
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Servings: 16 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef cooked, crumbled, and drained
  • 1 pound bacon cooked
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 3 14 ounce cans kidney beans
  • 3 14 ounce cans white beans
  • 3 14 ounce cans Pork & Beans
  • 3 small onions about 2 cups worth chopped 1/2" or smaller
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard


  • Drain all the beans, except for one can of Pork & Beans. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and heat on HIGH for at least 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours. Enjoy!
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{originally published 5/20/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 7/14/16}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Brenda Ballinger says

    I want to make these tonight but I am unsure of which white beans to use, Great Northern, white kidney beans or cannoli? Thank you.

  2. Janelle says

    There’s no t enough liquid? Did we miss a step to add water or another liquid? They’re going to burn if we leave them like this?!

  3. S. Sabie says

    What to do exactly with the bacon is not fully explained. Going to assume that the bacon is cut into 1-1/2 inc pieces bofore cooking it?

    • Mary Younkin says

      The bacon is cooked and then crumbled or roughly chopped. It is added to the beans that way, as illustrated in the video. I will add a note to the recipe. Thanks!

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