Bar-b-que season is just around the corner – at least I am hoping and praying that it is. Which means it’s time to bust out some new backyard party recipes. And these Bacon BBQ Beans are exactly what you need. A simple but absolutely delicious bbq bean recipe that will go well with any protein you are throwing on that grill!
I like to use pinto beans to make my bbq beans, but you can use white beans, northern beans or even kidney beans if you like. I also use canned beans (drained of the liquid) but if you are a purist on the beans, you use dried beans too. You will just want to soak the beans overnight and then drain them before you add them in. Strongly suggest that you soak your beans in beef broth to add another layer of flavor, water simply just re-hydrates them.
If you have been on my blog even one other time besides now – you know how much I love Bacon! I use it whenever possible and these beans are no exception! The smoky flavor of bacon is something that cannot be beat. And who doesn’t love finding that hunk of bacon in their beans when they dig in to that bbq platter! Normally, this is where I might say if you don’t like bacon just don’t use it for this recipe… but nope! Not this time. If you don’t like bacon, you need to find a different recipe for BBQ beans. The bacon is integral to the final flavor of these beans.
I served these beans with BBQ chicken, buttered sweet corn and a dinner roll. It was so very tasty and mingled together so well. There was not a single bit of leftovers for this whole meal. But these beans do keep very well. If you have a lot of cooking to do for you backyard party, these beans can be made the day before and put into a foil pan covered with foil and store in the refrigerator. Then just put them on the grill off to the side when you start grilling the meats – they will be warm by meal time. You can also pop it into the oven at 350F for about 15 minutes to reheat them.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Bacon BBQ Beans
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 6 slices Bacon cut into ¼-inch pieces
- ½ Yellow Onion minced
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Ketchup
- ¼ cup Yellow Mustard
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Chili Powder
- 3 15oz can Pinto Beans drained
- In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, add oil, garlic, onion, and garlic cloves. Cook until bacon is crispy. Reduce heat to medium.
- Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir to combine. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
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