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.

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

Best Baked Beans Recipe

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 and these truly are the BEST baked beans ever! Thanks again, Tony!

To make one of my all-time favorite meals, combine Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork and Memphis Coleslaw with these beans for BBQ Sundaes!

Best Ever Baked Beans add up to an awesome BBQ Sundae!

How to Choose a Slow Cooker

Slow cookers or crockpots are an appliance of which I have more than one. If you are an avid slow cooker user like I am, you might understand the need for more than one. So, let’s talk about my favorites:

First up is this 6-quart slow cooker that has a locking lid. These crockpots are fantastic for transporting foods. Mine has gone everywhere from church potlucks to barbecues, game nights to Thanksgiving dinner. However, fair warning, these slow cookers run crazy hot. Low is closer to a boil than a simmer, the warm setting actually simmers. So trust me when I say HIGH is high.

My everyday slow cooker is this 8-quart Crockpot. It’s my go-to appliance for cooking large roasts and big batches of chili. Fun fact: did you know that a full 4-quart cooker, actually cooks more slowly than a half-full 8-quart cooker?

For just cooking a few pounds of chicken to shred for enchiladas or other smaller recipes, this 3-quart version is perfect.

Thanksgiving has become a breeze since I have mastered how to hold all of the side dishes using these medium-sized round slow cookers.

If you aren’t a fan of the idea of keeping more than one slow cooker in the house, these CrockPockets are a game-changer when it comes to preparing and holding multiple dishes at the same time. They slide into a standard 6-quart crockpot, dividing it into two sections that are perfect for serving different side dishes or keeping taco fillings warm for parties.

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

5 from 7 votes
Three different beans, bacon, and beef are simmered with molasses and slowly cooked until thick and sweet.
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Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 6/15/21}

Here are a few more side dish recipes you might like:

Coleslaw Pasta Salad by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Basil and Mint Melon Salad by The Noshery
Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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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. Deb says

    I’m confused about the pinto beans. The video shows pinto beans being added, but the recipe doesn’t say anything about them???

    • Mary says

      I am not familiar with calico beans, but it’s possible it’s a similar recipe. This is certainly a colorful batch of beans.

  2. Tee says

    Going to make these beans for the forth of July glad they are for the crockpot because my oven just die on us. Thank for the recipe and I love beans.

  3. Kate says

    This recipe was in a phamplet enclosed with a crock pot from the early 1980s. It’s delicious with a little liquid smoke added.5 stars

  4. Baker says

    Just took this to a company barbecue, and it was a HUGE hit. Was even told by my fellow foodie that they were excellent, best baked beans he’s ever had. Ever. Will definitely add this to my recipe list.5 stars

    • Chef Takajoke says

      No! Absolutely not! If you do, it will create a super massive black hole in the middle of the universe and destroy the entire solar system including earth!!!

  5. Corry says

    I am from Australia and have not seen a tin of Pork and Beans. Are you able to explain a little further what this is please??

    • Peter (New Zealand) says

      Looking through the info about ‘Pork and Beans’ it looks like salted pork similar to ham or bacon is mixed in with the beans. I am in the same situation in NZ, (Pork n Beans not being available here), so I will try it with a sprinkling of ham or bacon mixed through. Just use your judgement according to the total amount that you are making.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Evelyn, you can adjust the serving amount (and ingredient portions accordingly) by clicking on the number of servings and sliding the marker up or down. I hope that helps!