Brown sugar and bacon baked beans is a classic summer meal, with different varieties to suit your taste.

These brown sugar and Bacon Baked Beans are a delicious combination of sweet, savory, and smokey flavors! They’re always a favorite when topped with bacon, and they’re quite simple to make! This Baked Beans recipe is a staple at many of our family dinners, as well as potlucks and barbecues.

Baked beans are such a classic dish, and there are so many different types! Your beans might be more savory, sweet, or smoky, depending on your preferences and where you live.

These beans are an excellent mix of all three! The sautéed onions and peppers add savory flavor, while the brown sugar adds sweetness and the molasses and bacon add delightful smokiness.

Brown sugar and bacon baked beans is a recipe to suit anyone. It has different varieties and you can tweak this recipe to your taste. This recipe is oh so delicious and I’m sure you’ll love it. Give it a try!

What you need

10 slices of bacon in half

1 chopped yellow onion

½ chopped green pepper

54-ounce can of pork and beans

4 tablespoons of ketchup

1/4 cup molasses

2/3 cup of brown sugar

¼ cup cider vinegar

2 teaspoons of dry mustard


Step 1:

Cook the bacon halfway through, and drain on a paper towel afterwards.

Step 2:

Heat about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in a medium sized skillet. Add the diced onion and green pepper to it, then allow to sauté for about 5 minutes or until it’s soft.

Step 3:

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Leave the mixture to simmer for a minute. Grease the baking pan while simmering.

Step 4:

Place the beans in the greased baking pan and put the cooked bacon on top of it. Bake in a 325 degrees preheated oven for 2-3 hours.

Step 5:

Leave the beans to cool for 5 minutes before serving.


To make a vegetarian variation of this dish, don’t use bacon. Instead, use 4 cans of navy or pinto beans that have been drained and rinsed, and then increase the sauce ingredient amounts by 1/2 to make up for the lack of sauce in the pork and beans.

If you prefer your baked beans to be more spicy, use 1 – 2 diced jalapeños instead of the green bell pepper. You can also add some cayenne pepper to the sauce, and top with some jalapeno slices!

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