Bourbon Baked Beans #sidedish

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Baked Beans are such a great side dish. They go with burgers, any type of grilled meat, chicken, steak, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, tri-tip, cue Bubba (because I could go on and on) – lol. They are also great for just about any type of potluck event. This recipe for Bourbon Baked Beans also comes with an incredible sauce that can double as a perfect BBQ sauce.

Bourbon Baked Beans

Essentially, if you omit the beans and bacon and then sub in 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, you can make a delicious BBQ Sauce. Though if you have any bacon grease it would do you better! All baked beans really are is beans covered in BBQ sauce – with a little bacon thrown in – baked at a low heat for a long time or a moderate heat for half an hour or so.

Bourbon Baked Beans

Beans are a great alternative to potato based sides – they have a higher protein content and a lower carb number. It also adds a great amount of fiber (when compared to potatoes). So if you are looking of sometime different to try on the side of your main attraction – you will want to try these baked beans for sure!

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Bourbon Baked Beans

Sweet, tangy, bacony baked beans!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, bbq, bbq sauce, beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3 15oz can Great Northern Beans drained
  • 2 6oz can Tomato Paste
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • ½ lb Bacon cut in ½-inch pieces
  • ½ Sweet Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic minced
  • ¼ cup Bourbon
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¾ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg.
  • In a deep frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate.
  • In the same pan (DO NOT drain grease), reduce heat to medium and add onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add all remaining ingredient EXCEPT beans. Stir together and let cook for 2 minutes then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • In a 13×9 baking dish, pour beans and bacon into bottom. Pour sauce over top and stir together. Place in oven for 30 minutes.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:


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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

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